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Fiordland National Park
Fiordland is blessed with massive fjords, soaring granite peaks and cliffs, high waterfalls, and pristine mountain lakes. It's a nature lover's dream destination.
It's easily the most famous - and draws the most travelers. See photo.
Of Fiordland's many sounds, it's the largest, longest, and deepest.
With a drop of 680 meters (1,904 feet), Sutherland Falls is one of the world's highest. It's best appreciated from the air.
The best is flightseeing (plane or helicopter) followed by local cruise boat touring. For hiking enthusiasts, by foot is the only way to go.
There are excellent trails for day hikers. For multi-day deep-wood backpackers, Milford Track is the best. Kepler and Routeburn tracks also score high marks.
Best time to come: Summer (December to February).
Expect lots of rain: Take Milford Sound. Its annual rainfall total is nearly 7 meters (22 feet). That amount is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Most popular gateway: It's Te Anau, which is also the most geographically desirable. Queenstown is the runner-up.
"Sound" is a misnomer: The bodies of water are technically fjords, not sounds.
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Fjord photo by Derek Lee - CC BY SA 2.0