National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph from New Zealand Government Tourist Department THE REMARKABLE: LAKE WAKATIPU, NEW ZEALAND South Island, New Zealand, is the Switzerland of the South Seas, for in its interior tremendous mountain ranges pile one upon the other until the lofty peaks thrust their snowy crests through the very clouds. Lakes there are in profusion, very deep and ofvivid hue. The rivers are mountain torrents and on the island's southwest side there are more than a dozen deep fiords whichbring the seaalmost into the heart ofthis rugged country. This island is less than 200 miles wide at its broadest place, and Mount Cook, a little over 12,ooo feet, isitshighest point.