Story: National parks

Paparoa National Park

Paparoa National Park, on the South Island’s West Coast, was founded in 1987. The Pancake Rocks, jutting into the sea, are among the park’s best-known sights. The limestone they are formed from underlies most of the landscape, and can be seen running diagonally up the hill to the left of the rocks.

Listen to Nick Hancox of the Department of Conservation describe Paparoa’s special features.

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'National parks - Māori, conservation, ecology: the 1960s onward', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015