This article is about the World Heritage Site. For the alternative name for the South Island, see Te Waipounamu
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.
Coordinates: 45°02′10″S 167°19′12″E / 45.036°S 167.320°E