Fiordland National Park

 

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The largest of New Zealand’s National Park – 12,500 sq km – was recognised by the United Nations in 1986 as a World Heritage Area. Fiordland has 14 fiords including the famous Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and 5 major lakes including Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri – these fiords and lakes in the Fiordland national park were formed during the Ice Ages, when valleys carved by the tremendous pressure and power of glaciers, then flooded by the sea as the ice melts and sea levels rise. Fiordland is the home for marine mammals and native birds. The park is flanked by steep mountains clad with thick, temperate rainforest, make the interior virtually impenetrable except along its 500 km of walking tracks. The three major walking tracks, as parts of New Zealand’s Great Walks, are Milford Track, Routeburn Track and Kepler Track  (credit to DK Eyewitness Travel, Trips & Tramps and Real Journeys). As my most favourite holiday destination when I lived in New Zealand, I had visited Fiordland 5 times. I took the trip to Milford Sound during my summer and winter holidays. I also took the trip to Doubtful Sound in summer. I put my Milford and Doubtful Sounds’ picture collections, each to separate album: Fiordland – Milford Sound and Fiordland – Doubtful Sound. During my spring holiday, I joined the Routeburn Track Full Day Guided Walk and Kepler Track Half Day Guided Walk (which are very awesome and interesting walks, and this also the best way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Fiordland National Park from up close and personal). I also visited Te Ana-au Glowworms Caves in spring and spends some days to stay in Te Anau township while enjoying its delicious cuisines and watch a movie about Fiordland in Fiordland Cinema. Fiordland National Park is the best place to spend holiday. It is quite remote, far from crowd, traffic and noise, and make us closer with the nature.

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