Rudeness and beauty of Fiordland

Fiordland is the largest national park on the South Island of New Zealand. It consists largely of mountains covered with New Zealand beech forests and fjords sinking into the uninhabited lands stretching their long arms through the landscape. The whole park is wild. Apart from a few huts, civilization has no control over nature.

The Fiordland is a paradise for hunters, kayakers and hikers. The most famous hikes (Kepler Track, Routeburn Track and Milford Track) attract millions of visitors each year during the summer. Tourists come to discover the joys of hiking (with or without guide) while connoisseurs travel the earth on less frequented trails.

The area is rough and the beauty of the landscape reflects its extreme weather. It rains enormously. The vegetation is luxuriant, the forest resembles a jungle and the native birds abound. Kea, Miromiro, Silvereye…. but also Sandflies accompany travelers through their journey in inhospitable land.

On the edge of the park is Te Anau, the only small town in the area. During my four months spent working in the village, I experienced several hikes, I contemplated two fjords in a boat and a kayak, I underwent tons of rain and I have always been amazed by the beauty and roughness that emerges from the Fiordland.

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Te Anau - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Te Anau - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Tui - Te Anau - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Canada goose - Shallow Bay - Manapouri Lake - Kepler Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Milford Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Stirling Falls - Milford Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Harrison's Cove - Milford Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Milford Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Deep Cove - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Mackinnon Pass - Milford Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Kepler Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Friendly Tomtit - Kepler Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Waiting for the boat - Milford Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Mackinnon Pass - Milford Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Murchison Mountains - Kepler Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Murchison Mountains - Kepler Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Kea - Kepler Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

View of Lake Mackenzie - Routeburn Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Lake Mackenzie - Routeburn Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

View of Lake Mackenzie - Routeburn Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

View of the Routeburn valley - Routeburn Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

Routeburn Flats Campsite - Routeburn Track - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld