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 is one of the southern hemisphere’s great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features, exceptional beauty and role in demonstrating the earth’s evolutionary history. Home to Mitre Peak, the stunning fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, the beautiful lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri and the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Tracks, Fiordland is known as the sightseeing and walking capital of the world. Absorb the breathtaking treasures of this region by water, air or hiking.
A range of activities in Fiordland provides the opportunity to discover every aspect of its unique environment, from kayak and boat cruise options, scenic flights, glowworm caves or visiting the unique Discovery Centre underwater observatory. The Milford Road is a spectacular alpine journey and is one of the world’s finest drives. Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World; take a scenic flight over it and you will understand why. 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 the more remote Doubtful Sound. Some of the fiords can be explored by kayak but if you’d like to see the less accessible fiords, eco-tours can be arranged.
But this really is the place for hiking. Fiordland National Park has three of New Zealand’s ‘great walks’, the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks. Milford Track is arguably New Zealand’s most famous walk. Starting in Te Anau, it takes you over 53 kilometres through the most breath-taking scenery: mountains, lakes and enormous valleys right up to the Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.