Photo: Bernard Spragg, On Doubtful Sound
The largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks is Fiordland with an area of 12,607 square kilometers (4,868 sq miles). The park is administered by the Department of Conservation.
The Milford Track is one of the most famous Great Walks in New Zealand.
Places to go – DOC
Bernard Spragg: Sometimes called ‘the Sound of Silence’, there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord. At 421 metres deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct ‘arms’ and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean, a distance of around 40.4 kilometres.
In 1986, Fiordland National Park was individually recognized as a World Heritage Site and in 1990 as a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, a spectacular 2.6 million hectare area which encompasses Westland Tai Poutini, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks.
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1987 documentary – NZ On Screen
Fiordland National Park