The Fjordland is the most dramatic and beautiful part of New Zealand, a region of waterfalls and misty forests, snow-clad mountains and towering granite peaks, crystal clear lakes, rivers and remote fjords that make for a stunning holiday destination.
The Fjordland National Park encompasses exquisite scenery and astounding natural splendour with some of the best walking tracks in the world. It is the largest national park in the country stretching along the southwestern corner of South Island, with a jagged coastline indented by numerous sounds and inlets.
Milford Sound is one of the most visited and famous sights within the national park, a spectacular glacier-carved fjord with waterfalls plummeting down the sheer granite walls into the ocean below. The walks in the park are world famous and the greatest of these is the Milford Track, considered to be the finest walk on earth.
Fjordland National Park can be explored on foot, on a boat cruise, by sea-kayak or on a breathtaking scenic flight over the fjords, lakes and miles of ice and snow-covered mountains.
Hemmed in by towering granite cliffs and dominated by Mitre Peak, the calm deep waters reflect ice-covered mountain tops, waterfalls plummet from the cliff tops to the water below, and Bottlenose dolphins play in the foaming wakes of the boats. The 14-mile (22km) long fjord of Milford Sound is the most famous attraction in the Fjordland National Park. The road to Milford Sound is one of the finest alpine drives in the world with many view points to admire the sheer scale of the dramatic landscape. A variety of boat cruises or popular kayaking trips provide opportunities to see the fur seals, crested penguins and dolphins, while scenic flights give a unique perspective on the area.
Te Anau rests on the shores of the beautiful lake of the same name with spectacular views of mountain peaks all around. It is the hub of the region and an excellent base from which to explore the Fjordland area. Te Anau has achieved the reputation of being the 'Sightseeing and Walking Capital of the World' having easy access to some of the most splendid Great Walks and scenery. Lake Te Anau is the second largest in New Zealand, attracting visitors with a wide variety of water sports. The town also has a wonderful resource centre with information on tramping and other excursions, as well as offering aerial sightseeing or organising trips to the main attractions in the area.
The Milford Track is considered to be the finest walk in the world. It is a four-day hike ending at Milford Sound that has been attracting tourists and locals for over 100 years. Following glaciated valleys and crossing an alpine pass it traverses some fabulous scenery, past towering snow-clad peaks, along rivers and waterfalls, over grassy plateaux, and through dense rainforests. The number of hikers is limited and accommodation is provided in comfortable mountain huts along the way.
The Fjordlands is where one can truly get up close and personal with the beautiful landscape which New Zealand has to offer. The region is renowned for its beautiful mountains, great lakes and spectacular waterways, all which make it the spectacle it has come to be for tourists and locals alike. A great way to get around and see the best of what is on offer is to take a cruise, which last from half a day to several nights. In this way one can see some of the most popular attractions such as Te Anau, but also experience some of the lesser known attractions such as Lake Manapouri, which is smaller but just as pristine.
Known as the walking capital of the world, three of New Zealand's nine Great Walks are located in Fjordland. The Milford Track is New Zealand's most famous walk, which has been thrilling travellers for more than 100 years, but there are also many more famous trails such as the Kepler Track which takes you through mountains, native forest, waterfalls, and glacier-carved valleys. The Routeburn Track is one of the shorter Great Walks, which links Mount Aspiring National Park with Fjordland National Park, showing off mountain peaks and jewel-like lakes along the way. And if all this hiking doesn't interest you, there are also many other attraction such as Jet Boating, guided cave tours and sea kayaking for visitors to enjoy while in the Fjordlands.
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