New Zealand – Abel Tasman National Park
In the Abel Tasman National Park is a 225.3 km ² large area in the north of New Zealand’s South Island between the two bays of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. In this area, the coast is becoming increasingly rugged and it has formed an impressive limestone landscape with bizarre rock formations and deep cave systems.
More than three quarters of the national park area are densely forested. In the park you can watch many seabirds. The white-faced heron, stilt walker, tern terns, tuis, makomakos and cuckoo owls are native to this area. The climate in this coastal region is quite mild with 2200 hours of sunshine per year.
The National Park has numerous small bays with sandy beaches and turquoise waters and granite cliffs. The coast of the Abel Tasman National Park and the marine area has been strictly protected since 1993 by the Tonga Island Marine Reserve.