Fiordland National Park a wonder of scenic natural area is located in the south most part of South Island, New Zealand. This national park is established in 1952 covering area of about 4,600 square miles making it one of the largest national park in the world. Fiordland National Park is considered one of the most ecstatic and vibrant part of New Zealand. The awe-inspiring and picturesque wonders of natural scenery never fails to enthralls tourists.
Inspiring natural beauty at parkThis spectacular natural tourist destination features stunning fords, splendid waterfalls and snow capped alps. Full with ancient rain-forest, waterfalls which tumble into massive fords, glittering lakes and inspiring peaks make it one of the prime tourist spot of New Zealand. Which should be on the top of your travel list.The author of the book “Mountains of Water ” The Story of Fiordland National Park” described this alluring tourist destination as “A cherished corner of the world where mountains and valleys compete with each other for room, where scale is almost beyond comprehension, rainfall is measured in meters and scenery encompasses the broadest width of emotions”.Inside the Fiordland National ParkFiordland National Park is famed for the craggy glory of its fords, alps, forests, waterfalls, lakes including Lake Hauroko, New Zealand deepest lake, Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri. On the eastern side of the park is located the mountains of Humboldt, Livingstone and Takitimu. While all other sides are surrounded by Tasman Sea. Limestone caves and Sutherland Falls add further beauty to the park. Sutherland Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the world, drip 580 meters in three cascades. Lower areas of mountains are covered with deep forests of rimu, miro, kahikatea, totara and kamahi trees. Red, silver and mountain beeches are common in the park. The park have also rich flora and fauna. Birds found there are the rare flightless takahe and kakapo , both once thought to be extinct. Bush robins, fantails, parakeets, warblers and many other varieties visitor can see here. Hunting in the park is encouraged to control red deer and wapiti. Coastal areas and lakes of the park are inhabited by Dolphins, Seals and Penguins.How to get there?Visitors can access Fiordland National Park and many of its attractions by road via Te Anau by airplane, boat or walking. There are a number of commercial operators offering transport for visitors. Te Anau is considered the ‘gateway to Fiordland’ and can be reached by SH6 and SH94 from Queenstown or SH1 and SH94 from Invercargill. Regular bus services are available from these centres. There are airports in Te Anau, Manapouri and Milford Sound, offering some commercial flights and private aviation services. For freshwater access, boat launching is available at most lakes accessible by road, including Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, Lake Monowai, Lake Hauroko. Please be aware of freshwater weeds check, clean, dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.View of Majestic Sutherland FallsActivities and things to doAccess to the park is limited largely to hiking trails and the lakes. The main entry point is at Te Anau, which also has park headquarters. Aquatic sports and fishing are popular recreational activities. Tourist can also enjoy hiking, mountaineering, and rock climbing. Three of the great walks are located in the park. Milford track takes five days to complete, Kepler track in days which is in circular shape and Routeburn require three days. Also cruise service is established which takes tourist to scenic flights and Milford sounds. This cruise travel is also a wonderful experience which will give you a chance to explore and have a view of splendid locations in the Park.Where to Stay and eat nearbyThe administration provides more than fifty huts in the park for accommodation which can be founded on all three tracks. All basic facilities are available in the huts and you will feel higher-than-usual comfort inside the huts. Booking is important in order to get a hut. You can book a hut online by visiting the Website of Department of Conservation.Also for your accommodation their are numerous superior quality hotels in the vicinity. Recommend hotels are Fiordland Lodge, Blanket Bay and Radfords on the Lake.Also there are many superior quality restaurants offering scrumptious and mouth watering foods including Redcliff Cafe, Kepler Restaurant and Cafe La Dolce Vita.