Fiordland is New Zealand’s last great wilderness.
It is an isolated region of mountains, fiords and precipitous valleys that is unrivalled anywhere in the world for its dramatic landscape, thick rainforest and extreme weather.
It is one of the wettest places in the world, with up to 8000mm of rainfall a year, and has effectively proved the last refuge for a range of native species, including kākāpō and takahe, that were being decimated elsewhere in the country.
It is protected as Fiordland National Park, comprising 1.2million hectares, and is a popular visitor destination during summer, with a road through to Milford Sound and a range of popular walking tracks.
However, most of Fiordland is still untracked and presents a huge challenge to explorers. It is possible that a few isolated male kākāpō may survive in its most remote corners.