Fiordland, with its majestic scenery, isolation and natural wonders, where the land and sea are "infinitely wild" and much is surveyed and unfathomed, holds a magnetic attraction for all who visit it.
Travellers are drawn back to the sounds again and again, attracted to its pristine beauty, challenges and vast, titanic features.
Our appreciation must go to the hardy, early explorers and men like Johnstone, Mackenzie and Hay, who told their generations of the need to preserve the southern fiords and the 'scenes of beauty and grandeur which may be unparalled, but hardly excelled'.
After a hundred years it is we, who now benefit from their foresight and we must remind ourselves of the increasing value of the Fiordland National Park, as a retreat from the pressures of a troubled world.
Now one of the largest national parks in the world and the largest area of wilderness in New Zealand, it stretches 230 km from north-east to south-west, and at its broadest 80 km across, covering an area of 3,000,000 acres.
Fiordland has become New Zealands premier travel destination, attracting visitors from around the world to view its fascinating wildlife and eco-gems, which includes the coastal fiords, majestic lakes, Milford Sound, Milford Track, Lakes Manapouri, Te Anau, Monowai, Hauroko and Poteriteri.
Three of New Zealands greatest hiking trails, the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks, are in the national park and can be accessed by road.
The townships of Te Anau and Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand are the two main gateways to the National Park.
With a myriad of outdoor tourism activities available to get you close to its natural wonders, Fiord land has to be very high on the list of "must do's" while travelling New Zealand.
View the following video and links for some amazing scenic views on this magnificent eco-wonderland.
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