Tongariro National Park – Ruapehu, New Zealand
#1: Tongariro National Park – Ruapehu, New Zealand
Criteria: Mixed – (vi) “is directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance”(vii) “contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance” (viii) “is an outstanding example representing major stages of Earth’s history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features”
About: Inscribed for its outstanding geological and cultural significance. It contains a diverse range of volcanic features. Many of its summits are sacred to Māori, as their traditional belief system associates the mountains with their ancient ancestors.