Updated: Oct 10, 2018
On the southwest corner of the South Island lies Fiordland National Park. It forms a major part of the Te Waihipounamu World Heritage site. It’s known for the glacier-carved fiords of Doubtful and Milford Sounds. A beech forest trail on the sandy Milford shore offers views of towering Mitre Peak. Nearby, the craggy Earl Mountains are reflected in the glassy surface of Mirror Lakes. On the Cleddau River, the Chasm Walk passes over bridges with views of powerful waterfalls, the Sutherland Falls being amongst the world's highest. Ice carved islands from the mainland, leaving two large uninhabited offshore islands, Secretary Island and Resolution Island. Several large lakes lie wholly or partly within the park's boundaries, notably Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, Lake Monowai, Lake Hauroko, and Lake Poteriteri.
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