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Fiordland


Fiordland National Park and other conservation areas nearby provide some of the best tramping opportunities in New Zealand. A number of walking tracks traverse spectacular bush, lake and alpine scenery and offer a range of challenges to satisfy the fit enthusiast or the casual day walker.

Fiordland National Park is New Zealand 's largest at over 1.2 million hectares making it also one of the largest in the world. As its name suggest fiords dominate the coastline with 14 fiords spread along its coastline, some stretching as far as 40 km inland.

These fiords and valleys were carved by glaciers over 2 million years ago with the last period of glaciation ending 15,000 years ago the ice melted leaving behind the large fiords and valleys that can be seen today.

Discover the mysteries of stunning Fiordland. Enjoy a cruise on a spectacular sound, have a close encounter with seals and dolphins which often frequent the area.

The land was reserved in 1904 and became a national park in 1952. The park is home to New Zealand 's deepest lake, highest waterfall and also has the highest rainfall (7600mm per year in parts) in NZ.

Milford Sound

The Milford area has many ways of discovering this awe inspiring Region - By Bus, Boat, Plane, Helicopter, Diving, Beating the feet or simply just sitting on the shores enjoying the magnificent views. A great way to experience the magnificence of this world famous fiord is at water level from a sea kayak. Become part of the environment you are observing! Paddle beneath towering granite overhangs, waterfalls, the Pembroke Glacier and mile high Mitre Peak. Escape the crowds and explore the grandeur of this area. Interact with nature - friendly fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins and playful dolphins frequent the Fiord.


With a large diversity of habitats in fiordland national park you will find a large variety of fauna and flora, over 700 plants are found only in fiordland and is home to some of the World's most rare and unique birds, the Takahe and the Kakapo and rail, a small flightless bird only found in its natural environment, Fiordland, the Yellowhead may also be found within fiordland national park.

One of the most incredible and frequently overlooked features of Milford Sound is the journey to get there.

The Milford road is a stunning alpine drive. Visitors need to allow plenty of time to stop at the numerous viewing points or short walking opportunities en route, just to get out of the car and marvel at the spectacular scenery and the sheer scale of the landscape. At 119km (approx. 74 miles) from Te Anau to Milford Sound the sealed road takes a minimum of 2 hours driving without allowing for stops. Alternatively flights can be taken from Queenstown or Wanaka for a quicker option.

Underwater world: Yet another unique feature of the Fiordland environment is life under the Fiord. Beneath the water, the mountains continue to plunge down as steep rock walls until they reach the floor of the fiord at depths of 100-450m. Few visitors are aware that below the tide line there exists a fascinating and unique world. A fresh water layer that sits on top of the seawater filters light to allow normally deep water dwelling species to exist very close to the surface. A visit to the Underwater observatory or on a guided dive tour allows access to sights rarely revealed to human visitors.

 
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