Fiordland Archive

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Rain forest near lake Marian

Rain forest near lake Marian

Rain forest near lake Marian in New Zealand

Lake Marian is a lake in the Darran Mountains in the Fiordland National Park in the South Island of New Zealand.

It is fed and drained by Marian Creek which in turn feeds into the Hollyford River. A tramping track leads to the lake from the Hollyford River valley road. The lake was named by surveyor E.H Wilmot after his cousin Marian Little. The Marian Valley is a perfect example of a hanging valley, the remaining legacy of a tributary glacier that met the main Hollyford Glacier.

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Tunnel to underground Manapouri Power Station

Tunnel to underground Manapouri Power Station

Tunnel to underground Manapouri Power Station

Manapouri is the largest hydro power station in New Zealand, and is located on the edge of Lake Manapouri’s West Arm in Fiordland National Park. Manapouri is an underground power station, with its generating units housed in a cavern excavated from rock 200 metres (656 feet) below the surface of Lake Manapouri.

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Fur seals at Doubful Sound

Seals at Doubtful Sound

Seals at Doubtful Sound

Fur seals sunbathing at Doubtful Sound – the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland, New Zealand.

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Manapouri hydro power station

Manapouri Power Station main hall

Manapouri Power Station main hall

Manapouri is the largest hydro power station in New Zealand, and is located on the edge of Lake Manapouri’s West Arm in Fiordland National Park. Manapouri is an underground power station, with its generating units housed in a cavern excavated from rock 200 metres (656 feet) below the surface of Lake Manapouri.

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Lake Manapouri reflection

Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri in New Zealand has four major arms, North, South, West and Hope, and the smaller indentations of Calm Bay and Shallow Bay. The lake contains some 34 islands, 22 of which are wooded.

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Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri

Lake Manapouri in South Island, New Zealand. It has four major arms, North, South, West and Hope, and the smaller indentations of Calm Bay and Shallow Bay. The lake contains some 34 islands, 22 of which are wooded.

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Stirling falls with ship in front

Stirling falls

Stirling falls

Stirling falls is one of the permanent waterfalls in the fiords, which is at its most spectacular after very heavy rain dropping 146 meters (505 feet) . The falls were named after a seaman by the name of Captain Stirling who visited the area.

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Stirling falls

Stirling falls

Stirling falls

Dropping 146 meters (505 feet) Stirling falls is one of the permanent waterfalls in the Fiordland, New Zealand, which is at its most spectacular after very heavy rain. The falls were named after a seaman by the name of Captain Stirling who visited the area.

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Mitre Peak and The Lion

Mitre Peak and The Lion

Mitre Peak and The Lion

Mitre Peak is an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country.
It is a prominent peak on the south shore of Milford Sound. At a height of 1692 meters (5560 feet), this is one of the highest mountains in the world that rise directly from the ocean floor. So named because its shape resembles that of a Bishop’s mitre, or head-dress. Lion Mountain is situated across to the right rising to a height of 1302 meters (4272 feet). The mountain’s correct names i Mt. Kimberly, but because its shape so strongly resembles that of a crouching lion, this more descriptive name has been retained.

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Cascade Creek campsite

Cascade creek

Cascade creek

Cascade Creek campsite. Adjacent to SH 94, 76 km north of Te Anau in Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand