Guide to Fiordland, including Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau

Fiordland is one of the most remote and special parts of New Zealand. With such world famous attractions as Milford Sound (and the Milford Track), Lake Te Anau and Doubtful Sound, it has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

About Fiordland

Fiordland is situated in the south-western corner of the South Island. Most of the area is made up of the Fiordland National Park, which covers more than 12,500 square kilometers (7767 square miles) and virtually all of it is mountains (the southern end of the Southern Alps), forests, lakes and fjords. The fjords (a variant of which gives Fiordland its name) are deep river valleys running to the sea and  were carved out by glaciers over millions of years. Somewhat confusingly these fjords are called 'sounds', the best known of which are Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.

Fiordland National Park[post_ads_2]

This park was established in 1952 and is the largest of fourteen national parks in New Zealand. It makes a major part of  Te Wahipounamu, one of three World Heritage sites in New Zealand.

Fiordland contains the tallest waterfall in New Zealand, the Browne Falls, and the three deepest lakes, Lake Hauroko, Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau.

The park contains some of the most pristine landscapes in New Zealand, Due to its remoteness the area has never been more than very sparsely populated, even in Maori times.

Getting There

The two main routes to Fiordland are from Queenstown or Southland (via Dunedin, Gore or Invercargill). The main township, Te Anau, is two hours drive (170 kilometers/105 miles) from Queenstown and slightly less 160 kilometers/100 miles) from Invercargill.

Milford Sound is a further one and a half hours from Te Anau (117 kilometers/73 miles) along what is one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand. The accommodation in Milford Sound itself is very limited and most travellers use Te Anau as a base from which to explore the area.

If driving along the road between Te Anau and Milford Sound be aware that it is very subject to weather conditions. It can sometimes be closed and during May to November show chains are required to be carried (these can be hired in Te Anau).

Weather and When to Go[post_ads_2]

Although most visitors arrive in the summer months, it's also well worth visiting Fiordland at other times of the year. In spring the flowering alpine plants are spectacular. Winters can be cold but with calm and sunny days.
Be aware that from September until May, parts of Fiordland can be thick with sandflies. Be sure to pack repellant (and of course sunscreen).

Also be aware that Fiordland has very high rainfall and is in fact one of the wettest places in the world. Actual rainfall varies quite markedly in different areas (coastal areas such as Milford and Doubtful Sounds are much wetter than Te Anau) but everywhere in the region rainfall is significant, and at all times of the year.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is without doubt one of the world's greatest travel destinations and the majestic Mitre Peak is an international landmark. Activities here include boat cruises, kayaking, walking and hiking (including the Milford Track, one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks).

Doubtful Sound

This is the second largest Sound in Fiordland and a marine reserve. Boat cruises are available on the Sound, departing from Te Anau across Lake Manapouri (site of New Zealand's largest hydro power station).

Lake Te Anau

As the second largest (after Lake Taupo) and second deepest lake in New Zealand, Lake Te Anau is a popular base for fishing, hiking and sightseeing. The township has good amenities, including supermarkets, restaurants and accommodation.

Fiordland Walks and Hikes

The Fiordland National Park is filled with amazing opportunities for walking and hiking. The Park contains three of New Zealand's Nine Great Walks, the Milford Track (4 days), the Kepler Track (3-4 days) and the Routeburn Track (2-3 days). Another wonderful walking trail is the Hollyford Track (3 days) and there are many others of varying lengths.


|Featured Content_$type=three$c=3$l=0$m=0$s=hide$rm=0

Made with in NYC

Abu Dhabi,3,Adventure,27,Adventure Travel,696,Advice,72,Africa,28,Air Travel,178,Alabama,5,Alaska,27,Albania,1,Alberta,2,America,81,Amsterdam,3,Anguilla,4,Antarctica,8,Antigua,4,Argentina,17,Arizona,24,Arkansas,4,Aruba,1,Asia Travel,46,Athens,3,Austin,8,Australia,102,Austria,17,Azerbaijan,1,Bahamas,15,Bangladesh,8,Barbados,1,Beach Travel,65,Belarus,1,Belgium,13,Belize,16,Bermuda,7,Bhutan,10,Blue Lagoon,2,Boatswana,2,Bolivia,6,Bosnia and Herzegovina,2,Boston,3,Botswana,3,Brazil,47,Brunei,1,Budget Travel,97,Bulgaria,2,California,124,Cambodia,5,Canada,85,Caribbean,50,Caribbean & Mexico,5,Chicago,11,Chile,9,China,24,Christmas Travel,17,Clothes,1,Coliseum,1,Colombia,19,Colorado,40,Columbia,3,Connecticut,6,Corporate Travel,1,Costa Rica,16,Country Travel,253,Croatia,22,Cruiser Travel,17,Cuba,18,Cultural Travel,65,Cyprus,2,Czech Republic,7,D.C.,2,Delaware,2,Denmark,14,Dominican Republic,1,Dubai,16,East Africa,4,Easter Island,1,Eco Travel,19,Ecuador,10,Egypt,7,Emirates,1,England,16,Estonia,2,Eswatini,1,Ethiopia,2,Europe,119,Fall Travel,46,Family Travel,133,Faroe Island,1,Featured,70,Features,417,Festival Travel,26,Fiji,8,Finland,16,Florida,81,Food,7,France,49,Free Travel,1,French,6,French Polynesia,7,Galapagos,3,Georgia,16,Germany,22,Ghana,2,Greece,46,Greenland,2,Guatemala,2,Halloween Travel,8,Hawaii,62,Hayden Panettiere,1,Hiking Travel,67,Historical Travel,85,Holiday Travel,34,Holland,1,Honeymoon Travel,138,Hong Kong,15,Hotels,73,Hungary,3,Iceland,47,Idaho,7,Ideas,11,Illinois,13,India,39,Indiana,5,Indonesia,15,Iraq,1,Ireland,44,Island,59,islands,2,Israel,11,Italy,71,Jamaica,11,Japan,53,Jordan,6,Kansas,8,Kentucky,2,Kenya,3,Korea,2,Kosovo,1,Kyrgyzstan,1,Las Vegas,3,Latin America,3,Latvia,1,Lithuania,3,London,26,Louisiana,10,Lowa,4,Luxembourg,2,Luxury Travel,35,Maine,10,Malaysia,1,Maldives,22,Malta,5,Maryland,8,Massachusetts,14,Mauritius,6,Mexico,84,Miami,14,Michigan,7,Mississippi,2,Missouri,8,Moldova,1,Monaco,3,Mongolia,1,Montana,15,Montenegro,2,Morocco,22,Myanmar,9,Namibia,5,Nature,4,Nature Travel,112,Nepal,6,Netherlands,13,Nevada,26,Nevis,2,New England,6,New Hampshire,3,New Jersey,3,New Mexico,10,New Year's Day Travel,5,New York,67,New York City,30,New Zealand,54,Newfoundland,1,Nicaragua,2,North America,12,North Carolina,9,North Dakota,1,North Ireland,1,North Macedonia,1,Northern Ireland,1,Norway,22,Occasional Travel,8,Oceania,1,Ohio,6,Oman,5,Oregon,13,Pakistan,4,Panama,8,Paraguay,1,Paris,26,Pennsylvania,12,Peru,24,Philippines,2,Phoenix,2,Photo Feature,1,Poland,5,Portugal,24,Prague,1,Puerto Rico,10,Qatar,6,Quebec,1,Resort,13,Rhode Island,3,River Travel,1,Road Trips,60,Romania,6,Romantic Getaways,16,Rome,6,Russia,17,Saint Lucia,2,San Miguel de Allende,1,Scotland,14,Seasonal,55,Seasonal Travel,58,Serbia,1,Sightseeing Tours,2,Singapore,20,Ski Resorts,11,Slovenia,7,Solo Travel,26,Solomon Islands,1,Somoa,1,Soth Africa,1,South Africa,19,South America,7,South Carolina,6,South Dakota,7,South Korea,5,South Pacific,3,Space Travel,15,Spain,40,Special,21,Special Features,304,Spring Travel,23,Sri Lanka,8,Student Travel,1,Summer Travel,67,Summer Vacation,9,Sweden,20,Swiss Alps,1,Switzerland,26,Sydney,2,Tahiti,3,Taiwan,4,Tanzania,2,Tennessee,8,Texas,59,Thailand,39,Thanksgiving Travel,6,Things to Do,167,Tibet,2,Tips,116,Train Travel,26,Transportation,20,Travel,188,Travel Advice,66,Travel Apps,1,Travel Guide,39,Travel Stories,26,Travel Technology,1,Travel Tips,237,Tunisia,2,Turkey,14,Turkish,1,Turks and Caicos,1,Tuscany,1,UAE,10,UK,42,Ukrine,1,Urban Travel,54,Uruguary,3,USA,656,Utah,19,Uzbekistan,2,Vacation Travel,294,Vehicle Travel,1,Venezuela,1,Vermont,6,Victoria Falls,1,Vietnam,7,Virginia,11,Virtual Travel,6,Wales,4,Washington,16,Washington DC,21,Weddings Travel,4,West Indies,2,Wildlife Travel,13,Winter Travel,61,Wisconsin,7,Worldwide,161,Wyoming,7,xxx,1,Yemen,1,Zadar,2,Zambia,4,Zimbabwe,5,
Travel Magazine: Guide to Fiordland, including Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau
Guide to Fiordland, including Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau
Travel Magazine
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy