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The Southern Alps and Fiordland Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Southern Alps and Fiordland Vacation

There are hundreds of glaciers locked in the Southern Alps, slowly grinding their way down to lower altitudes, where they melt into running rivers of uncanny blue-green hues.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Clarity Everything becomes clearer here. Filmmakers have commented on the quality of the light and you will see an extraordinary number of stars. This is where the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve was declared in 2012.
  2. Fly-Fishing The lakes and rivers of the Southern Alps are some of the world's best fly-fishing spots. The waters are so clear, half the challenge is hiding from your target.
  3. Hiking Tramping doesn't get any better than the Milford Track, the Kepler, the Routeburn, and the Hollyford. You'll see mountains, fjords, waterfalls, and rain forests, and because the Department of Conservation (DOC) keeps a close eye on trail traffic, you'll have the sense of being alone in the wilderness.
  4. Scenery The landscape here is simply breathtaking high mountain peaks, deep fjords, lakes, thick forest, and open tussock lands all in close proximity. A scenic flight to take it all in is money well spent.

When To Go

When to Go

Although the Southern Alps and Fiordland have four distinct seasons, it's not unusual for the mountains to get snow even in summer. If you're travel...

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