March 19, 2014

Lake Ada, New Zealand

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Beech boughs and a broadleaf sapling overhang Lake Ada on Milford Track, a popular hiking trail in Te Wahipounamu. Since 1990 this southwestern edge of New Zealand has enjoyed World Heritage recognition for its four national parks and interconnecting tracts of conservation land.

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