Second only to the Grand Canyon in the Ultimate list of national parks, Fiordland covers a mountainous corner of the South Island. Along with three neighbouring national parks, it forms the vast Te Wahipounamu Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, gazetted by Unesco for its unique natural features … The scale of this wilderness is mind-blowing enough, but its primeval atmosphere seals the deal. Fiorlland is an almost untouched part of Gondwanaland … a landscape of jagged peaks, glacial valleys, pristine lakes and sheer fjords. Ancient forests drip green and twitch with such birds as kiwi and takehe. From ‘Fiordland National Park’, Ultimate Travelist
So, what’s the single most amazing sight in the world? Could it be New Zealand’s Milford Sound, twin glaciers or Waitomo Caves?
We throw in our tuppence-worth via Lonely Planet’s ultimate list of travel destinations, for which we wrote the likes of Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, the USA’s Death Valley, and numerous New Zealand gems including Stewart Island and Fiordland National Park.
At last count, we’d knocked off 108 of the 500 places on the list. Look out Lake Baikal, here we come!