UNESCO World Heritage Site #5: Te Wahipounamu

UNESCO World Heritage Site #5: Te Wahipounamu

UNESCO World Heritage Site #5: Te Wahipounamu

From the World Heritage inscription:

The landscape in this park, situated in south-west 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.

Milford Sound is 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.

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  1. Karen Stephens says:

    I too loved Milford Sound and was lucky enough to see it on a sunny day after some wet weather. It was truly stunningly beautiful!

  2. I have always wanted to go here. Now I have the bug even more!! Thankyouverymuch! ;)

  3. Sire says:

    I loved Milford Sound, especially all the waterfalls coming down the cliffs and the dolphins that were chasing our boat. The one thing that I found remarkable about New Zealand was how white the sheep were. I traveled as far south as Invercargill.

  4. DrManette says:

    Reminds me of when I was in Norway, the fjords were amazing. There were all these little waterfalls along the cliffs, and I remember there being a set of them called the seven sisters. New Zealand is definitely on my list of places to see.

  5. Therese says:

    I’m putting this on my things to do before I die list.

    Thanks, Gary!

  6. Wow. *wow*. That is simply stunning. I need to remember that Norway is just across the North Sea before I book a flight to NZ right this minute.

  7. Yes. Milford sound is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth. It should be on everyone’s bucket list :)

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