Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, is one of the wettest places in the world. Averaging 268in of rain each year, the 15km-long Sound has two permanent waterfalls and innumerable temporary ones that course through the thick forest and down the sheer rock faces to the water. Fiordland's natural beauty is mostly untouched due to the utter inaccessibility of the mountainous terrain, and as a result Milford Sound is one of many areas in this part of the South Island that teems with wildlife - seals, penguins, dolphins, whales, and many species of native birds. Sadly, as with many native NZ birds, the piopio for which the Māori named the Sound is presumed extinct, with only one unconfirmed sighting since 1947.
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