Fiordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Covering over 1.2 million hectares it is New Zealand's largest National Park and one of the largest in the world. According to Maori legends, the 14 fjords that form Fiordland National Park were created by a giant stonemason, who cut out the deep valleys with his enormous adzes. On all sides, these canyon-like fjords are covered by waterfalls that tumble endlessly and thunderously, taking huge quantities of rainwater towards the sea. Huge granite mountains are dotted with emerald lakes, dense rainforests, and animals that do not exist anywhere else. Walking through Fiordland, it is easy to imagine the world as it looked thousands of years ago. Fiordland is one of the least explored areas of New Zealand. Although the park has about 500 km of formed walking tracks, these barely scratch the surface.