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Fiordland National Park is located in the southwest corner of South Island (New Zealand). Fiordland is NZ's biggest of a total of 14 national parks. It has total area approx 12500 km2 (4830 ml2) and is administered by NZ's Department of Conservation. The most-visited by cruise ships fjords in Fiordland are the sounds Milford, Doubtful and Dusky.
Fiordland is a very popular active-travel destination for climbers and trampers, with the tracks Milford, Hollyford, Routeburn and Kepler all in or near the park. Off-track travel relies mainly on deer trails. Flooding, sandflies and bad weather are a hazard. Boat tourists are also attracted to Milford Sound, which has a small boat marina.
In the 1850s, red deer were introduced to NZ and they subsequently colonized Fiordland. By 1920s, herds of wild deer competed with NZ's cattle and sheep for feed, which resulted in pressure on the government from farmers. Deer cullers were employed in order to indiscriminately shoot deer to reduce the population. Combined with a blooming deer farming industry, it reduced the impact of aerial hunting. Market hunting from helicopters still continues, with the biggest market being Germany. The New Zealand government uses helicopters to poison deer and possums with aerial dropping of 1080 Poison (synthetic form of FCH2CO2Na / sodium fluoroacetate), despite some public opposition to its use.
Port Fiordland National Park cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|30 September, 2019|