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Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Zealand

Posted by on December 14, 2008

Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Zealand

Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Zealand

From the World Heritage inscription:

The landscape in this park, situated in southwest New Zealand, has been shaped by successive glaciations into fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes, and waterfalls. Two-thirds of the park is covered with southern beech and podocarps, some of which are over 800 years old. The kea, the only alpine parrot in the world, lives in the park, as does the rare and endangered takahe, a large flightless bird.

Te Wahipounamu is the Maori name for the area which includes Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. I had the pleasure of going there after it had been raining for 24 hours straight. The rain created countless small waterfalls along the sides of the fjord.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.