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Mitre Peak in Fjordlands National Park, New Zealand Mitre Peak in Fjordlands National Park, New Zealand (Photo: Pi-Lens / Shutterstock)

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Mitre Peak, New Zealand

Mitre Peak sits deep within Fjordlands National Park on New Zealand's South Island. More of a mountain than a sheer cliff, this mile-high rock has a base that starts right at the water. Mitre and the smaller rock formations nearby make Milford Sound one of the most popular nature destinations in New Zealand. 

Most people visit as part of a cruise, not on foot, which is more challenging. Milford Track is a 33-mile trail that passes through the landscapes that surround the fjords. Hikers are greeted by the impressive rock formations, along with wetlands, rainforests and mountain passes. The journey takes four days. It is also possible to climb to the summit of Mitre Peak, itself. Technical climbing ability is needed, but the views of the Sound are incredible from the apex of the site.  

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