Tongariro was New Zealand’s first national park. The mountain peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu were a gift from Ngati Tuwharetoa in 1887. This was 15 years after the world’s first national park, Yellowstone was created in the United States.
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National parks are places set aside to protect natural landscapes and native plant and animals forever. They are really big - 10,000 hectares or more. Protection comes first but they are also places for people to enjoy. GO visit some of them (just don;t damage them), We also have underwater national parks - they are called marine reserves!
For over 30 years, Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club | Hakuturi Toa (KCC) has been connecting Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places.
KCC now has over 5,000 members throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Join in the fun and help us get the next generation protecting our wildlife and wild places.
More than 50 volunteer coordinators work behind the scenes to help engage children with nature around New Zealand by organising regular KCC events in their regions
We have over 20 KCC branches across Aotearoa, and love connecting our people. Our main office and KCC team is located in Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).