Fiordland is the largest of New Zealand’s fourteen national parks. Fiordland is a significant part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. The wilderness stretches over 200 km covering 1.25 million hectares. The region is defined by glacial lakes, wetlands for pastoral use. The Tasman Coast is one boundary and the Southern Alps the northern boundary.
Fiordland does not feel isolated when you are in the middle of a crowd of tourists all vying to get onto the tour boat yet it is paradoxically a remote region. There is very limited access to large parts of the park and thousands of hectares are uninhabited. It is a matter of finding that special spot for visitors while respecting the right of all to visit one of the world’s heritage scenic sites. The serrated coastline and plunging mountain sides are the result of glaciers carving through the rocks on their way to the sea. A scenic flight or aerial view provides the perspective of a pristine wilderness where nature is in charge.