Fiordland National Park


The Fiordland National Park is New Zealand’s largest National Park, covering five thousand square miles (12,600km²) of the South Island. Two days was not enough!

I spent my first day exploring the glacier-carved fiords of Milford Sound, wandering along the beach forest trail. I was admiring the stunning Mitre Peak and I knew my stay here wouldn’t be long enough. Along the trail, I stumbled upon the impressive Mirror lakes and was dumbfounded. This stunning scenery reflects the Earl Mountains in its mirror-like lake surface. It almost looked as if there were two sets of mountains; only one was upside down. I then headed over to Te Anau and jumped on the local jet boat journey. This thrilling ride took me along the Upper Waiau River, and the local tour guide was entertainingly explaining some local history. All of a sudden — mid-story — he paused and told us all to lean overboard. A school of trout was whizzing past the hull of our boat! The peaceful birdsong in the background set the scene perfectly.

The next day I headed to the gorgeous Te Anau glowworm caves, where I had the most magical experience. The cave walls were alight, and after being told of the creature’s biology alongside some local history, I was able to fully appreciate these majestic creatures. I decided to fill the rest of my day SCUBA diving and exploring all the lake region had to offer in this area; the most beautiful part of the world.

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