Mt As­pir­ing Na­tional Park

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

By so art­fully strad­dling the South­ern Alps, Mt As­pir­ing Na­tional Park man­ages to hog a huge va­ri­ety of land­scape. That chunk of pointy-uppy mag­nif­i­cence hus­tled into place by an­cient glaciers – Mt As­pir­ing/Ti­tiea (“glis­ten­ing peak”) – is only one of its charms. There’s noth­ing beige about this place. It ei­ther sparkles (there are

100 glaciers – that’s just greedy), glis­tens (braided rivers), thun­ders (water­falls and down­wards-plung­ing glacier chunks) or twit­ters win­ningly (bird­song-blessed beech and podocarp forests). It’s the third largest and least de­vel­oped of New Zealand’s 14 Na­tional Parks and it’s part of Te Wahi­pounamu World Her­itage Area. You can nib­ble at its edges on short walks or get air­borne and peer down at its alpine love­li­ness. Those more hardy sorts want­ing to get close to its wild, glaciated heart can plan oom­phier trails at the Mt As­pir­ing Na­tional Park Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, cor­ner Ard­more Street and Bal­lan­tyne Road, (03) 443 7660,

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