Rakiura National Park

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Rakiura National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Rakiura National Park
Map showing the location of Rakiura National Park
Map of New Zealand
Location Stewart Island, New Zealand
Nearest city Oban, New Zealand
Coordinates 46°54′S 168°7′E / 46.900°S 168.117°E / -46.900; 168.117Coordinates: 46°54′S 168°7′E / 46.900°S 168.117°E / -46.900; 168.117
Area 1570 km²
Established 2002
Governing body Department of Conservation

Rakiura National Park is a nature reserve park located on Stewart Island/Rakiura, New Zealand. It is the 14th of New Zealand's national parks and was officially opened on 9 March 2002. It covers 1,570 km², which is about 85% of Stewart Island, New Zealand's third-largest island. The park area excludes the township area around Halfmoon Bay (Oban) and some roads as well as private or Maori-owned land further inland.[1] It is made up of a network of former nature reserves, scenic reserves, and State Forest areas.

Natural history[edit]

The popular Rakiura Track is within the national park. Many native birds can be found within the park, and Rakiura offers perhaps the best opportunity anywhere in New Zealand for viewing kiwi in the wild. This is in part due to the absence of stoats and ferrets. Certain coastal areas of this park are breeding areas for the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.[2]

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Near Port William Hut, North Coast.