Friday, September 9, 2011

Top Places I Want To Visit #44: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Located on the western portion of New Zealand's South Island, Fiordland National Park spans 1.2 million hectacres, making it one of the largest national parks in the world. It's size contributes to its rather mysterious qualities -- because it is so unexplored (New Zealand was the last major land mass to be discovered), a number of scientists suggest that there are animal species living in the park that have never been discovered. Additionally, a number of species (including the Kakapo, a funny-looking flightless bird and the only flightless parrot in the world) that were though to have gone extinct have been found in some of the more remote areas the park. Here's a somewhat comical video of the Kakapo:

Based on what I've spent most of today reading, there's a lot to do in the park aside from being shagged by rare parrots. Too much, in fact, for me to muster up the energy to put in this post.

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