New Zealand national parks and reserves

Image: Reflections in Milford Sound by Trey Ratcliff on Flickr

New Zealand has fourteen beautiful National Parks. The following websites look into their purpose, history, location and how we use them for recreational activities. SCIS 1525170


Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation identifies each of our 14 National Parks on a map, with links through to more information about each park. There are images, lists of activities and accommodation options.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/national-parks/


Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, videos, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term: New Zealand National Parks.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://digitalnz.org/


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the search term: New Zealand National Parks.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz


National Parks of New Zealand

A detailed account of all of New Zealand’s National Parks, covering the origin, Māori views, ecology, conservation, tourism, funding and more.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.teara.govt.nz/en/national-parks


Tongariro National Park

A focus on one of New Zealand’s National Parks, Tongariro National Park; includes images, short video clips of the area, things to do, and accommodation.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.nationalpark.co.nz/


Tourism New Zealand

Essentially a tourism site, with information on each of our National Parks. Included are available activities, accommodation options and the location of each park.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.newzealand.com/us/national-parks/


EPIC

The EBSCO databases contained in EPIC, bring together a comprehensive collection of content on New Zealand National Parks and reserves. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following is a suggestion for your students, and you, to read and enjoy:

Kapai and the Mountain Legend, by Uncle Anzac, 1998 (picture book)
Shadows in the Ice, by Des Hunt, 2007 (YA fiction)

Video

Two videos that showcase the Tongariro National Park, Department of Conservation.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=85kT0Pxlwt0&list=PL98R5E9vYUwi5imnPP6a2L-w57xEbCaAa