Te Wahipounamu

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This article is about the World Heritage Site. For the alternative name for the South Island, see Te Waipounamu.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
NZ Te Wahipounamu NTNL parks.svg
Type Natural
Criteria vii, viii, ix, x
Reference 551
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1990 (14th Session)

Te Wāhipounamu (Māori for "the place of greenstone") is a World Heritage Site in the south west corner of the South Island of New Zealand.

Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1990 and covering 26,000 km², the site incorporates four national parks:

It is thought to contain some of the best modern representations of the original flora and fauna present in Gondwana, one of the reasons for listing as a World Heritage site.[1]

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Coordinates: 45°02′10″S 167°19′12″E / 45.036°S 167.320°E / -45.036; 167.320