Bowen Falls

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Bowen Falls in Fiordland National Park

Bowen Falls is an amazing natural outcome of the eponymous river Bowen, passing through eight kilometers in a picturesque valley, creating one of the most beautiful natural attractions of New Zealand.

Waterfall Bowen, known locally as the waterfalls of Lady Bowen, bears the name of Diamantina Bowe, which was the fifth wife of the governator of New Zealand - George Bowen).

Bowen Falls is within the Fiordland National Park, which is the largest in the country. This is an area of picturesque hills, crystal waters and forests, which contain a total of 14 fjords which were formed during the Ice Age.

The entire park is spread on 21, 000 square kilometers in the southwestern part of the west coast city of Soutland, known as the South island.

Due to the rare flora and fauna, as well as the unique geology and its National Park landscape of Fiordland with its beautiful Bowen Water, it is included in the list of World Natural Heritage by UNESCO.

Throughout the Fiordland there are five large lakes and several waterfalls, notable among which is Bowen Falls.

Water runs down the waterfall from a height of 162 meters. In the area of the park and close to Bowen Falls is the famous natural phenomenon Milford Sound and, one majestic waterfall, named Stirling Falls.

Fiordland is one of the wettest places in the world. When it rains, thousands of temporary waterfalls and their cascades form in the fjords, providing large quantities of fresh water which forms the surface layer of seawater. Rainwater flows from the higher to lower parts, and on its way, take all organic matter from the rotting leaves and soil, eventually creating brownish yellow water.

It is this high humidity that causes Bowen Falls to have year round water which is impressive with its torrent. Naturally, most impressive is the view of Bowen, when the glaciers melt in the spring months.

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