Tucked away in the South Western tip of New Zealand, Fiordland is home to 14 fjords, New Zealand’s deepest lakes, tallest waterfall, steep granite mountains, glacial carved valleys and jaw dropping scenery.
Make Te Anau your base camp for all Fiordland adventures, be sure to plan a few nights so that you can truly see all there is to offer, head out into the national park to explore during the day then return to relax and share stories with the welcoming locals.
Seeing Fiordland from above is breathtaking, and taking a scenic flights with Air Milford allows you to get deeper into the untouched beauty of the National Park. Or jump on a trip with Southern Lakes Helicopters and land in some of the most remote places this country has to offer.
Home to three of NZ’s Great Walks, the Milford Track, Kepler Track and Routeburn Track packing your walking boots is essential. If you are running low on time or the huts are booked out, day walks like Lake Marian, Key Summit, Mt Luxmore or Rainbow’s Reach are great alternatives. Stay safe, always check track conditions, and let someone know your plans.
Get on the water! To really appreciate the sheer size and scale of the mountains take a cruise on the lakes, rivers, or fjords, stay overnight, or charter a boat with friends. Go for a kayak in one of the fjords, dip the nose of the kayak under a waterfall, explore small coves and nooks, or jump in a jet boat and soar along the Waiau river towards Lake Manapouri and try to catch a fish.
Milford Sound is often referred to as the Eighth wonder of the world and once you’ve visited you’ll know why. Most New Zealander’s have never been, and now is the time, with fewer people, less noise and distractions, time to soak it all in. Don’t let the weather put you off, seeing Milford in a storm is epic! Options in Milford include day cruises through Cruise Milford and Real Journeys, diving, overnight cruises, sea kayaking and scenic flights.
Doubtful Sound is a true fjord system with many coves, arms, islands, seals, local fishing boats returning with loads of crayfish and maybe the odd penguin or dolphin if you keep your eyes out for them. The Sound of Silence will capture your heart and leaving wishing you only had more time to explore. There are several charter cruises option for day and overnight cruises including Real Journeys.
If it’s wildlife you’re after you’ll be spoilt for choice in Fiordland, its home to cheeky Kea, Bottlenose Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals, Fiordland Crested Penguins and endangered birds like the Takahē, once thought to be extinct. The critically endangered Kākāpō is also resident of Fiordland and is closely monitored on a predator free island in Dusky Sound.
Te Anau has all bases covered from fine dining restaurants, gastro pubs, cafes, bakery goodies, street food and a variety of international foods like pizza, Indian and Thai available for both dine in or takeaway options. Walk around town and check them out, some have hidden secrets like garden bars, court yards, live music, cocktail specials, cosy fires, and excellent service with a smile.
Make sure when you are in Fiordland to tickle your taste buds with some of the local delicacies like Blue Cod, Crayfish, Wild Game, like Venison and Hare, Wild Saffron and local berries.
Check out more food options in Fiordland here.
Luxury, Boutique, Hotel, Motel, B&B’s, Apartments, Holiday Parks, Backpackers are some of the options available in Fiordland wide variety of locations and personalised settings. So, if you are looking for a romantic getaway Radfords on the Lake offers spacious lake front accommodation. Cabot Lodge is the perfect option for private luxury accommodation catering for groups of up to 10.