Extraordinary scenic beauty has earned this region a reputation as a significant sightseeing and walking destination, and a “must see” for anyone travelling to New Zealand.
Fiordland’s West Coast is deeply indented by 14 fiords spanning 215km of coastline.
Fiordland has achieved World Heritage Status and of the fourteen fiords in the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible. The Milford Road is a spectacular alpine journey and is one of the world’s finest drives. A trip to Doubtful Sound provides a great wilderness experience - visitors are often rewarded with dolphins and a wealth of other marine life on a visit to this real backcountry environment. A range of activities in Fiordland provides the opportunity to discover every aspect of its unique environment - kayak and boat cruise options, scenic flights, glowworm caves or visiting the unique Discovery Centre underwater observatory.
The beautiful lakeside township of Lake Te Anau provides a perfect base to explore the area and provides a full range of services to visitors. It is the closest service base to Milford Sound and is known as the “walking capital of the world” due its proximity to many excellent walking tracks including the Great Walks of the Milford Track, Kepler Track and Routeburn Track. Lake Manapouri is located 20kms from Te Anau and provides a great base from which to discover Doubtful Sound and offers services such as a café, restaurant, small shop and service station. Guided tours depart from both locations daily to visit the fiords or to explore other features within Fiordland National Park.
When you travel to Fiordland you will be visiting one of the most beautiful and dramatic parts of New Zealand. It is the perfect location for enjoying all outdoor activities or just relaxing and taking in the stunning mountain vistas.
- Quick Facts
Largest National Park in New Zealand covering 1.2million hectares
Walking Capital of the World
Te Anau and Manapouri are the main towns for the Fiordland region
Just 2 hours from Queenstown or Invercargill