Home / Articles / Walkshorts

Land purchase links national park

View across the Takaka Hill land to its northern boundary and Takaka Valley

Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks have been linked after a 169ha block of land was purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund for $275,000.

The land will be added to Abel Tasman National Park. The block borders the park to its north and completes a chain of legally-protected natural areas. The land adjoins Takaka Hill Scenic Reserve to the south, which borders Harwood QEII Covenant protected private land, beside Kahurangi National Park (see map below).

The land is being managed by DOC as a scenic reserve and will eventually be added to Abel Tasman National Park. The Nature Heritage Fund is also purchasing an adjoining 43ha block from the same landowner, which will also be added to the national park.

The land contains diverse and rare ecosystems, with more than 200 native plant species, including threatened shovel mint, bamboo tussock, native germander, limestone kowhai and limestone mahoe.

The Nature Heritage Fund is a contestable ministerial fund, administered by an independent committee appointed by the Minister of Conservation. Since 1990, the fund has protected over 341,880ha of land.

The block of land highlighted in orange completes a bridge of conservation land linking Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks

Support Wilderness

Since 1991, Wilderness has had one simple goal: to help Kiwis ‘See more, do more, live more’ of New Zealand.

If you value our mission, please consider subscribing. As a loyal supporter, you’ll receive these benefits:

  • New Zealand’s best outdoor journalism We’ve won multiple awards for our journalism and magazine production.
  • NZ’s best trips. Browse more than 610 trips with downloadable maps and route notes.
  • Trustworthy gear reviews. Each month we review gear we’ve been bashing and thrashing for months so you can determine if its worth your money.
  • Web exclusives. Each week we publish stories you won’t find in the magazine. View our latest web exclusives.
  • Member benefits. Our WildCard provides discounts at more than 20 partners throughout New Zealand.
  • Your support goes a long way. Your subscription will help us fund NZ’s best outdoor journalists and writers and ensure Wilderness will be there to inspire the next generation of outdoor Kiwis.

A subscription costs as little as $7.00/month for instant access to all articles, trips, gear reviews and gear guides.

View all our subscription options and join the club.

Already a subscriber? Login Now.