This guide to New Zealand Forest Parks has been compiled by the New Zealand Information Network to assist outdoor enthusiasts. New Zealand’s 20 Forest Parks preserve much of the ancient beauty and grandeur of our native forests. The parks are administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC), which protects these fragile areas from damage by introduced predators and from further inroads by human activity.
Three extinct volcanos, now eroded into steep broken hills, form an impressive backdrop to the lush green farmlands of the Waikato basin. These volcanos are poor cousins to the three snow-capped giants of the Tongariro National Park. In past epochs they would have stood exceedingly tall.