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Fiordland is home to a community of people who embrace living in a rugged and beautiful place. Fiordlanders care equally about the environment and people.

FAQs about Fiordland

What are the best things to do in Fiordland with kids?

Fiordland is the best playground for children! Introduce your childrent to hiking in New Zealand on the many easy walks in the area. Te Anau has several playgrounds, mini-golf, small-bore rifle shooting, an Escape Room, Frisbee Golf, pump-track, skate park and cycle trail. In the summer time the Te Anau Community Swimming Pool is open (the lake is always open!). The Waiau River between Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri is easily accessible for biking, walking and fishing. Feed the takahe at Punanga Manu o Te Anau - the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. The Te Anau Public Library is open to visitors and has an extensive children's section.

Where is Fiordland?

Fiordland is located in the south-western corner of New Zealand's South Island. Fiordland is mostly comprised of Fiordland National Park as well as some smaller towns. Fiordland is one of only four places on the planet where fiords are found.

How far is Te Anau from Queenstown?

The drive from Queenstown to Te Anau is 170 kms (105.5 miles). Allow 2 hours driving

What is there to do in Milford Sound?

There are a number of activities you can do in Piopiotahi / Milford Sound. Scenic cruises give you the best chance to see wildlife and take in the full fiord. Scenic flights give an amazing view from above and can include a glacier landing. Diving will take you below the surface as will the Underwater Observatory. Kayaking is an adventurous and stimulating way to see the fiord. See Milford Sound activities here.

What is there to see on the way to Milford Sound?

The Milford Road is a spectacular drive, be sure to allow plenty of time. There are many scenic stops along the road including walks from 20 minutes to 5 hours. You may also see the mischievous kea bird around the Homer Tunnel.

How many days should I spend in Fiordland?

Every visitor wishes they had stayed longer in Fiordland. If you are time-poor then one day will allow you to see Piopiotahi / Milford Sound or Patea / Doubtful Sound from Te Anau, Manapouri or Queenstown (it is a longer day if visiting from Queenstown). If you are planning to do one of the Great Walks you should allow a night before and after in Te Anau or Manapouri as well as the 3-4 days needed for the walk. We recommend you stay a few nights to take in the range of activities on offer as well as taking time to unwind and relax in nature. See some suggested itineraries here.