Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park. It is located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island.
The park was founded in 1942, largely through the efforts of ornithologist and author Perrine Moncrieff to have land reserved for the purpose.
Moncrieff served on the park board from 1943 to 1974.It is named after Abel Tasman, who in 1642 became the first European explorer to sight New Zealand and who anchored nearby in Golden Bay.
It consists of forested, hilly country to the north of the valleys of the Takaka and Riwaka Rivers, and is bounded to the north by the waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. It contains some of the islands off the coast including the Tata Islands in Golden Bay, and Tonga Island, Adele Island, and Fisherman Island in Tasman Bay.
Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012.
Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown and the surrounding area contains many locations used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Locations used include Paradise near Glenorchy, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields .