Mitre Peak towers above the calm waters of Milford Sound.
New Zealand is the land of hobbits, but there’s nothing diminutive about one of its most famous attractions. Milford Sound, on the South Island’s remote southwestern edge, is raw, rugged, and epic, its soaring peaks and plunging chasms carved by the grind of glaciers through what is now Fiordland National Park. Viewed from a flightseeing plane, it’s like a Nordic supermodel, all chilly beauty and chiseled angles. Kayakers see its teeming wildlife: bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and crested penguins. Most visitors opt for a cruise, with captains gleefully steering beneath waterfalls. Just protect your camera: Photos of the 5,560-foot Mitre Peak will prove you visited the land of giants.
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Photography courtesy of Wikipedia/Maros Mraz
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