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PHOTO: RICHARD ROSSITER/SUPPLIED The Lyell Range within the Mokihinui catchment.

A wild and remote river gorge that was nearly dammed for power generation will be part of the largest piece of land ever added to an existing national park.

Nearly 65,000 hectares of land north of Westport will become part of the Kahurangi National Park, expanding the country’s second largest national park by 14 per cent, the Government announced on Wednesday.

The added area is slightly larger than Christchurch and about half the size of Auckland.

The Mokihinui River area is a largely untouched native landscape of podocarp-beech forests, open tussock, and the pristine fast-flowing river.



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