Circumnavigating New Zealand — Fiordland 2019; Mountains and Islands


Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

This week I’ll continue with our 2019 Majestic Princess cruise through New Zealand’s Fiordland National park. But today we’re going to concentrate on the surrounding mountains and the myriad islands that dot the waters.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Here in Fiordland there are some fifteen glacially carved deep fiords. The two we’re exploring in this series are Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, which I’ll explain in more depth starting next week during our March 2020 visitation.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Some of the fiords reach inland up to 25 miles/40 kilometers. And the mountains on view here are the southern most extension of the Southern Alps range, which traverse nearly the full length of New Zealand’s South Island.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

In addition to the fiords, glacial carving left behind many islands in the waterways:

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The surrounding Southern Alp peaks are tall enough to display a prominent tree line:

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

From tall mountains to calm waters, the views here make for quite a pleasing contrast:

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

And, of course, the magnificent beech woodlands add to the attraction:

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The dramatic sheer drop-offs into the fiords are an added plus for the photographer:

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

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3 responses to “Circumnavigating New Zealand — Fiordland 2019; Mountains and Islands

  1. Isn’t it just stunning there cant wait to read more about Milford and Doubtful Sound I was in Milford Sound over ten years ago and loved it. This has brought back great memories I also remember staying in Te Anau on a hill somewhere bit random I know but loved it so much.

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