New Zealand Parks awarded the International Green Flag

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
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The Green Flag Awards, were established in the UK, and awarded the best Parks that demonstrate sustainability, conservation and heritage.

The 2013-2014 Awards recognised 17 Parks across New Zealand, 7 of which were Department of Conservation sites. These included Wairongomai in Bay of Plenty and the Lake Matheson Walk, near Fox Glacier VIllage.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith honoured the awards and said the Green Flags are "symbols of tourism excellence."

"These latest recipients confirm what many of us already know - that our country is home to some of the best parks and green spaces in the world."

"By setting a benchmark of excellence for our parks and green spaces, these awards encourage more people to visit them by signalling they're quality destinations."

The Awards give each winning Park a Green Flag status for the year, and are annually reassessed. Last year Green Flags were awarded to the Karangahake Gorge in the Bay of Plenty and the Pureora-Ongarue Timber Trail near Taupo, and both parks retain their status in the 2013-2014 period.

"We're fortunate to live in a country with as much natural beauty as ours. I encourage everyone who gets the chance to go out to some of these sites and enjoy what's on offer."

The Full list of New Zealand recipients for 2013/2014:

  • Ambury Regional Park, Auckland
  • Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton
  • Kaitoke Regional Park, Wellington
  • Karangahake Gorge (in the Kaimai-Mamuku Forest Park), Bay of Plenty
  • Lake Matheson Walk, Fox Glacier
  • Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland
  • Oruaiti Reserve, Wellington
  • Parihaka Scenic Reserve, Whangarei
  • Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
  • Timber Trail- Pureora-Ongarue (in the Pueora Forest Park), Taupo
  • Tokorangi Forest (The Redwoods), Rotorua
  • Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo
  • Ruapekapeka Pa, Whangarei
  • Ship Creek (Tauparikaka), Haast
  • Tawharanui Regional Park, Auckland
  • Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) All Terrain Park, Western Bay of Plenty
  • Wairongomai, Bay of Plenty




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