Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka

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Mount Aspiring National Park is in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, north of Fiordland National Park, and between Otago and south Westland. The park forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
It was established in 1964 as New Zealand's tenth National Park. The park covers 3555km2 at the southern end of the Southern Alps, directly to the west of Lake Wanaka, and is popular for tramping, walking and mountaineering. Mount Aspiring / Tititea, elevation 3033m above sea level, is the mountain that gives the park its name. Other prominent peaks within the park include Mount Pollux, elevation 2542m, and Mount Brewster, elevation 2519m.
The Haast Pass, one of the three principal road routes across the Southern Alps, is found in the north-eastern corner of the park.
Landsborough Station addedIn April 2005 the Nature Heritage Fund purchased private land in the Landsborough River valley as an addition to the park.
Milford Sound tunnel proposalIn 2006, the Milford Dart Company asked the Department of Conservation to amend the Mt Aspiring National Park Management Plan to allow an additional road within the park for a bus tunnel, the so-called Milford Tunnel, from the Routeburn Road to the Hollyford Valley to take tourists to Milford Sound. The tunnel would have established a connection via Glenorchy and would have significantly reduced the current return travel time from Queenstown to Milford Sound of 9 hours.
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  • It has some lovely scenery and magnificent vistas. It has the Blue Pools which is an absolute must to see. When in the area, stop and take a breath and see some beautiful scenery.  more »
  • There are some beautiful walks available along the Haast Pass. The Blue Pools being the most famous.  more »
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  • Gorgeous but not really much in the way of a national park experience. This would be considered something to see from afar and take some photos not something you can experience by hiking or skiing as there is very little access areas.
  • Nothing much you can say...it’s just amazing, and vast natural beauty. So take your time as Mother Nature will just get more beautiful as you go through the hikes and trail walks.
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