Fiordland National Park


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Fiordland National Park,

4,868 sq mi (12,601 sq km), on the Tasman Sea, SW South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand's largest national park, it was established as a reserve in 1904 and designated a national park in 1952. An area of coastal fjords and rugged mountains, it was scoured by glaciers over tens of thousand of years. The park encompasses many rivers, waterfalls, and lakes as well temperate rainforest. Lake Hauroko, at 1,516 ft (462 m), is the country's deepest lake, and Sutherland Falls is one of the world's highest waterfalls, dropping 1,904 ft (580 m). The park is home to the Fiordland penguin as well as rare, flightless birds including the takahe and the kakapo.
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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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The fjords that fringe New Zealand's southwest shores were carved by ice age glaciers, but these days the dominant force in Fiordland National Park is rain.
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.
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.
VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: Milford Sound at Fiordland National Park and, from top, the Maui Platinum Beach camper van, jetboating at Hanmer Springs and Wellington's waterfront.
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.
It is feared Ms Timings, from Cheltenham, and Mr Montgomerie, from Hamilton, New Zealand, crashed in poor weather between Queenstown and Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park.
Arrive Sydney for the start of your 5 Night Sydney and New South Wales Tour, Auckland - New Zealand, Tauranga - New Zealand, day at Sea, Wellington - New Zealand, Akaroa - New Zealand, Dunedin (Port Chalmers) - New Zealand, Fiordland National Park (Scenic Cruise), 2 days at Sea, Sydney, Australia Disembark Ship for Overnight flight back to the UK.
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.
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.