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NEW ZEALAND'S DEEPEST SOUTH

Milford Sound, Fiordland, Southland, Central Otago & The Catlins

Story by Jeff Smith Photography January 13th, 2016
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On the road

Travelling between Dunedin and Wanaka takes you from green pastures, past Orchards and into dry, arid countryside

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Wanaka is Something else

A popular ski and summer resort town situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, Wanaka is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Primarily a resort town and experiences extreme summer and winter temperatures. Originally settled during the gold rush of the 19th century and continues to grow rapidly, with the population increasing by 50% between 2005 and 2015.

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Queenstown & the remarkables

The Aspen of the Southern Hemisphere
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Lake Te anau

Te Anau is the Gateway to Milford Sound. A tiny town of 1900 situated reassuringly on the banks of Lake Te Anau, a lake restricted to passive recreation only. With no Jetskis or Jetboats to break the lapping of the waves. You’d be forgiven for forgetting what day of the week it is.

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I could live here

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Further North on Lake Te Anau, on the way to the Glow Worm Caves on the Western shore

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Glow worm caves

Perched on the Western banks of Lake Te Anau, our tour took us deep into an ancient cave system, first described in legend by Maori to local settlers, then rediscovered in the 1900’s, cantilevered walkway sections hold you above torrents of gushing water, guiding you to an underground boat journey, and in pure pitch blackness, suddenly a million Glow Worms scatter the ceiling like the stars themselves

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The road to Milford sound

The Two hour/100Km between Te Anau & Milford Sound.

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Pop’s View Lookout

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Looking from Pop’s View across the Hollyford Valley Walkway beneath

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Kea (New Zealand Native Mountain parrot)

Nestor Notabilis

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Through the Homer Tunnel

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Milford sound

Like Standing in a Postcard

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stirling falls

Fuck - am I in a movie?

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Cruising through Milford Sound (Actually a Fjord) and the view out to sea.

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Underwater Observatory

It’s like Sealab

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Southland

Tuatapere

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Monkey Island

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The Catlins

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NUGGET POINT

One of the most iconic landforms on the Otago coast. Located at the northern end of the Catlins coast down the road from Kaka Point, this steep headland has a lighthouse at its tip, surrounded by rocky islets (The Nuggets). The point is home to many seabirds

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Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand