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Mitre Peak, Southland 9679, New Zealand

Take a look at this mountain about halfway up the sound, on its southern side, and it won't take long to figure out the source of its name. The much-photographed 1,692-meter-high (5,551-foot-high) peak resembles a bishop's headdress. With its...

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Just as the name for Mitre Peak was inspired by its similarity to a bishop's miter, 1,517-meter-high (4,977-foot-high) Elephant Mountain (or simply the Elephant) looks somewhat like the animal it is named for, at least if you are willing to use...

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The Lion, Southland 9679, New Zealand

Another peak along Milford Sound said to have some resemblance to its namesake is the Lion (officially Mount Kimberley). There are three landmark peaks here—Mitre Peak, the Elephant and the Lion—but the inspiration for the name...

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Unlike the Lion and the Elephant, Seal Rock is not said to look like the animal it is named after—it has been dubbed Seal Rock because of the population of New Zealand fur seals found here. Given the sheer walls of the peaks lining the...

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Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

It is perhaps not surprising that Milford Sound—with more than 200 days of rain each year—has an abundance of waterfalls. Only two of them, however, flow constantly (the rest appear briefly only after storms). The taller of the...