Mount Cook National Park, NZ

Ranking New Zealand’s National Parks by Elevation, Age & Size

What is the highest point in each of New Zealand’s 13 national parks? Which New Zealand national park is the largest by area? We have the answers to these questions below.

New Zealand National Parks by Max Elevation

The highest point in New Zealand is located within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Mount Cook stands 12,218 feet (3,724 meters) above sea level.

Mount Cook National Park, NZ

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Best Months: April, May, June & July
Hours: Summer peak season (October – April) 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Winter off-peak season (May – September) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Entrance Fee: Free

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RankNameRegionMax PointElevation
#1Aoraki/Mount Cook National ParkSouth IslandMount Cook12,218 ft(3,724 m)
#2Westland Tai Poutini National ParkSouth IslandMount Tasman11,476 ft(3,498 m)
#3Mount Aspiring National ParkSouth IslandMount Aspiring9,951 ft(3,033 m)
#4Tongariro National ParkNorth IslandMount Ruapehu, Tahurangi Peak9,177 ft(2,797 m)
#5Egmont National ParkNorth IslandMount Taranaki8,261 ft(2,518 m)
#6Arthur’s Pass National ParkSouth IslandMount Murchison7,874 ft(2,400 m)
#7Nelson Lakes National ParkSouth IslandMount Travers7,680 ft(2,341 m)
#8Kahurangi National ParkSouth IslandMount Owen6,152 ft(1,875 m)
#9Fiordland National ParkSouth IslandMitre Peak5,522 ft(1,683 m)
#10Paparoa National ParkSouth IslandMount Lodge4,747 ft(1,447 m)
#11Abel Tasman National ParkSouth IslandMount Evans3,809 ft(1,161 m)
#12Whanganui National ParkNorth IslandTe Mapou2,461 ft(750 m)
#13Rakiura National ParkStewart IslandMount Allen2,460 ft(750 m)

New Zealand National Parks by Acreage

Fiordland National Park also wins as the largest National Park in the New Zealand, with over 3.1 million acres. Kahurangi National Park is the second-largest, with less than half of Fiordland’s size.

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

Best Months: February, April, January & June
Hours: Open 24 hours a day.
Entrance Fee: Free

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RankNameRegionAcres
#1Fiordland National ParkSouth Island3,113,782
#2Kahurangi National ParkSouth Island1,119,125
#3Mount Aspiring National ParkSouth Island880,142
#4Rakiura National ParkStewart Island345,849
#5Westland Tai Poutini National ParkSouth Island326,125
#6Arthur’s Pass National ParkSouth Island292,751
#7Nelson Lakes National ParkSouth Island251,751
#8Tongariro National ParkNorth Island194,279
#9Whanganui National ParkNorth Island183,327
#10Aoraki/Mount Cook National ParkSouth Island178,321
#11Paparoa National ParkSouth Island106,562
#12Egmont National ParkNorth Island84,436
#13Abel Tasman National ParkSouth Island58,589

New Zealand National Parks Ranked by Age

Tongariro National Park is the oldest in New Zealand, being created in 1887. Egmont was designated a National Park 13 years later in 1900.

Tongariro National Park, NZ

Tongariro National Park

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Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: Free

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RankNameRegionCreated
#1Tongariro National ParkNorth Island1887
#2Egmont National ParkNorth Island1900
#3Arthur’s Pass National ParkSouth Island1929
#4Abel Tasman National ParkSouth Island1942
#5Fiordland National ParkSouth Island1952
#6Aoraki/Mount Cook National ParkSouth Island1953
#7Nelson Lakes National ParkSouth Island1959
#8Westland Tai Poutini National ParkSouth Island1960
#9Mount Aspiring National ParkSouth Island1964
#10Whanganui National ParkNorth Island1986
#11Paparoa National ParkSouth Island1987
#12Kahurangi National ParkSouth Island1996
#13Rakiura National ParkStewart Island2002