Fiordland national park located in south west new Zealand is the largest national park in new Zealand and the largest among all the 14 national parks of the new zealand with an area of 12, 500 km square. Fiordland national park, one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of new Zealand, Carved by glaciers over 100, 000 years is a cherished corner of the world where mountains and valleys complete with each other for room with waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters into massive fiords, shimmering lakes, spectacular ice- carved fiords, lakes and valleys, rugged granite tops and pristine mountains to sea vistas. It is regarded as one of the notable natural wonders.
Most of the fiordland is dominated by the steep sides of the snow- capped southern alps, mountain, deep lakes and its ocean flooded, steep western valley and by number of fiords also known as sounds. The exceptional beauty of this vast landscape has long been recognized by declaring it as world heritage in 1986. In 1990 fiordland was linked with three other national parks, mount aspiring, westland and mount cook.
It stretches from north to south on about 200 km and is surrounded by fresh water and salty fjord. Amazing features breathe taking beauty dominated by dense primary forest of beech from where emerge spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks, enhancing caves and cliffs. Basically fiord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides, created by glacial erosion. The national park is bounded on the north by the Darren mountains, which rises 2700 meters at mount tutoko. In the east number of large lakes and in the west the mountains fall steeply to the tasman sea, which lashed by roaring forties. Park has 14 fiords that fringe this south west corner of south island. On all sides of the fiords, spectacular waterfalls tumble incessantly as the region’s plentiful rainfall find its way to the sea. The one third part of the park covered with virgin beaches and forest. 500 km walking tracks allow visitors to explore the primeval world of mountain peaks, lakes and moss carpeted valleys. Visitors can stay at great walks huts founded on the milford, kepler and routeburn tracks and these provides higher than usual level of comfort
Te anau is the gateway of fiordland national park is located at the southern end of lake te anau. visitors can visit to Lake te anau and lake manapouri, nestled amongst mountains in fiordland national park. The most important sits are the milford and doubtful sounds are situated north of te anau are known for their hundreds of waterfalls during rainy season.Starting with te anau it takes you over 53 km through the most breath taking scenery, mountains, lakes and enormous valleys. Autum season in fiordland markes the fall of first snow on the mountains. Visitor can first visit to the northern fiordland and can experience the beauty of fiordland’s ice- caves valleys, lakes and waterfalls on the stunning journey along milford road to milford sound. In hollyford valley visitors can explore the remote forested hollyford valley where the river flows from dramatic fiordland mountains to the west coast sea and can enjoy the hollyford tracking, fishing and climbing. Milford sound situatd at north side of fiordland breath taking location visitors can enjoy the tracking and walk over mountains. The 33 mile milford track hike and fjords, glacier carved long narrow inlets surrounded by steep mountains jutting out of water.
Fjordland is a home to a large undisturbed wildlife. The rainforest is intensely green and incredibly dense with vines, perching plants, tree and ground ferns and podocrap trees. It is also a home to native and rare species birds and animals. The water of fiordland, home to an amazing array of sea life because of the surface layer of dark fresh blue water that block the sunlight and allow corals and undersea life to grow much shallower than they normally grow. Visitors can get to see the whales, dolphins, molly hawks and royal albatross the fur seals, penguins and Many species of fish, sea anemones, starfish and coral with abundance of sea creatures. Among the birds the kakapo, the only flightless parrot in the world and kivi, the national bird of new Zealand.
Southern fiordland includes lake monowai, lake hauroko and waitutu offers great ‘ off the beaten track’ tramping, hunting, boating and fishing. Western fiordland offers you the opportunity to explore the more remote areas of fiordland like milford sound, dusky sound from preservation inlet to doubtful sound which is of 421 meters, deepest of New Zealand’s fiords. Imagine standing high in the mountains, looking over a vast landscape of snow-capped peaks, glistening fiords, icy lakes in tussock and sheer, ice-carved valleys with rivers winding through the native forest all this view fell like a heaven.
The most attractive geographical features of this park are Browne falls and Sutherland fall, counted among the tallest waterfalls in the world and the lake hauoko, lake manapouri and lake te anau regared as deepest of the new Zealand. The fiordland is one of the wettest place of the world with a mean annual rainfall of 6813 mm. The coldest months are may to august.
The park is popular for its adventurious acticities like climbing with milford, kepler, hollyford and routeburn tracks. It is a challenging tramping destination. At the end of the park, several peaks rise to over 2,000 meters. Rising above stunning milford sound is mitre peak, rising 1692 meter above the sea level provides the most amazing views of the park. Fiordland national park features three world class great walks tracks kepler track which takes around 4 days to finish tracking, milford track, takes five days to complet and routeburn track ranging from 2 to 4 day walks and all stunning scenery to take your breath away.
This place will make you fell as you are visiting in a magical world. The sound of falling water and sound of wild life brake the silence. The sun’s rays penetrate in the forest and by making shining view of the water make this place haven. During the rainy season hundreds of waterfalls transform the fjord into the giant wall of water. This park gives an unique opportunity to experience the beauty and strength of nature. Visitors can get the unforgettable experience It is one of the notable natural wonders of the world and a place you ought to travel before you die.