Rakiura National Park is a
nature reserve park located on Stewart Island/Rakiura, New
It is the 14th of New Zealand's national park
and was officially opened on March 9
. It covers 1,570 km², which is about
85% of Stewart Island, New Zealand's third-largest island.
area excludes the township area around Half Moon
Bay (Oban) and some
roads as well as private or Maori-owned land further inland.
It is made up of a network of former nature reserves
, scenic reserves, and State
Track is within the national park.
can be found within in the park, and
Rakiura offers perhaps the best opportunity anywhere in New Zealand
for viewing kiwi
in the wild. This in part due
to absence of of stoats
. Certain coastal areas of this Park are
breeding areas for the endangered
Near Port William Hut, North