World Heritage Area

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Te Wahipounamu is wild, dramatic, and breathtaking. Witness the power of nature...

The extraordinary beauty of Fiordland was recognised by the United Nations in 1986 when it was made a World Heritage Area. The Fiordland National Park was described as having 'superlative natural phenomena' and 'outstanding examples of... the earth's evolutionary history'.

In 1990 the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area was extended to include Fiordland, Westland and Mt Cook National Parks.

To find out more about World Heritage Areas around the world visit the UNESCO World Heritage website.