Hollywood has its dinosaur-infested lost islands, now one of New Zealand’s last unspoilt wildernesses can boast a few reptilian surprises of its own.
The Sinbad Valley, tucked away in a corner of Fiordland, has revealed a range of weird and wonderful new species over the years, including wetas and other insects.
But now a handful of never before seen lizards – distant relatives of dinosaurs – have set scientists’ pulses racing.
“It was a funny-looking bugger, with huge eyes and big feet. I knew it was something not known to science.”
photograph by rod morris