Fiordland National Park


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Fiordland National Park

 

a national park in New Zealand. The park covers an area of more than 1.2 million hectares (1976). It was created in 1904 in the southwestern part of South Island in a high-mountain coastal region with many deep fjords and waterfalls. Beech forests predominate. The park has many endemic plant species.

The bird life in the park includes the kiwi, notornis, and weka, which are flightless, and the parrot species kea and kakapo; fairy (little) penguins are found on the coast. The park’s large terrestrial mammals include only introduced species, for example, moose, sika deer, red deer, and chamois. These animals are regularly hunted.

REFERENCE

Handbook to the Fiordland National Park. Edited by G. Hall-Jones. Invercargill, 1961.
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Sound, cove, lake, and power plant all sit in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, part of a stretch of southern wilderness that has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
The single-prop Cessna 207 was flying from Te Anau to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, when it came down near Gertrude Saddle.
Here was the middle of the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand, a 32-mile trail from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound; up Clinton Canyon, over Mackinnon Pass, past the Sutherland Falls - fifth highest in the world - and down to Milford Sound.
Among the cruises, the 12- and 13-day voyages between Sydney and Auckland call at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising), Dunedin, Christchurch and Tauranga along the way, with a call in Wellington, New Zealand on the 13-day voyages.
A team of five rescue helicopters has been scouring the glaciers, crevasses and forests of Fiordland National Park since Saturday morning, when Hannah Timmings, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and pilot Campbell Montgomerie, from Hamilton, New Zealand, were reported missing in poor weather, police in Te Anau said.
A team of five rescue helicopters has been scouring the glaciers, crevasses and forests of Fiordland National Park since Saturday morning, when Hannah Timmings, 28, from Cheltenham, and pilot Campbell Montgomerie, from Hamilton, New Zealand, were reported missing in poor weather conditions, police in Te Anau said.
Fiordland National Park has mile-high Mitre Peak towering above Milford Sound.
Cruise West Voyage 22 sails from Auckland to Sydney, Australia, visiting Rotorua, Napier, Christchurch, Stewart Island for Christmas, Rakiura National Park, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, and Sydney Harbor for the firecracker spectacle on New YearOs Eve.
It is feared Ms Timings, from Cheltenham, and Mr Montgomerie, from Hamilton, New Zealand, crashed in poor weather conditions between Queenstown and Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park.
The itinerary also features scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and Milford Sound.