Ten Top National Parks Around the Globe

by , SmarterTravel Staff - July 9, 2007 See all photo galleries
Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand


In the magical, misty land of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, kayakers paddle across still lakes, dwarfed by the jagged cliffs that rise above them. Backpackers duke it out for coveted permits to walk the Milford and Kepler Tracks that pass through green forests, across suspension and swing bridges, and past lakes, streams, and waterfalls. For tamer adventure, take a scenic cruise along the fjords of the Doubtful or Milford Sounds, and search for glowworms in the caves of Te Anau.

A kayaking tour on Doubtful Sound combines scenic driving and cruising, as well as paddling. For $150 per person, you can book a full-day kayak tour with Adventure Kayak and Cruise. The trip includes a 45-minute boat ride on Lake Manapouri; a drive over the Wilmot Pass Road; kayaking from Deep Cove to Elizabeth Island, Anchor Bay, and Hall Arm on Doubtful Sound; and snacks along the way.

Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Photo: Rob Suisted, Tourism New Zealand)

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