Fiordland’s extraordinary scenic beauty and wide range of activities makes it a world class sightseeing and walking destination and a ‘Must See’ for anyone travelling to New Zealand.
Imagine standing high in the mountains, looking over a vast landscape of soaring peaks, glistening fiords, and mighty rivers winding through native rainforest. Here colossal waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into ice-carved valleys and the pure air echoes with birdlife.
Visitors to Milford Sound, and the more remote Doubtful Sound, experience first-hand this awe-inspiring energy and serenity. A range of activities are available for visitors to the fiords, from kayak and cruise options, scenic flights, diving or visiting the unique Milford underwater observatory. Dolphins and other marine life often reward a visit to the more remote Doubtful Sound.
The fiords, however, are just one part of this vast World Heritage Area waiting to be explored. Numerous short walks and multi-day hiking trails, including three of the New Zealand Great Walks (the Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler Tracks), have earned Fiordland the reputation of one of the world’s finest walking destinations. Combine your walk with a jet boat ride, a horse trek or a quad-bike trip and you have the adventure of a lifetime. Alternatively, watch sheer cliffs and ridgelines fall away beneath your feet as you soar over mountain tops on a scenic helicopter, float plane or fixed wing flight.
The attractive lakeside town of Te Anau, located on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake, is the gateway to Fiordland and provides a perfect base to explore the area. Te Anau boasts a wide range of activities on or off the water, fine restaurants and seven-days-a-week shopping. Visit some of Fiordland's most stellar inhabitants in the Te Anau glowworm caves or pop into the Fiordland Cinema and relax with a glass of wine as you watch the short film, Ata Whenua. Filmed across extremes of season, climate and terrain, this movie gives you a small taste of just how wild and beautiful the Fiordland wilderness really is.