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Fiordland is known by some as the eighth wonder of the world. It is stunning region that will leave you gasping in awe.

Fiordland Activity Highlights Overview

From the lakeside townships of Te Anau and Manapouri, you can experience Fiordland in the way that suits your travelling style.

Adventurers can embark on kayaking tours of the lakes and fiords. Hikers have access to a choice of well known walking challenges. Scenery lovers can catch a scenic flight or enjoy lake and fiord cruises. Divers can discover rare black corals growing just beneath the water's surface.

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A Bird's Eye View of Fiordland

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Paragliding in Fiordland, New Zealand
Paragliding, Fiordland
Photographer: Legend Photography

Some of the sights of Fiordland can only be appreciated from the air.

  • Take a spectacular scenic flight over Fiordland National Park—either fixed wing or floatplane. View crystal clear lakes, glacier carved fiords and endless snow clad mountains
  • Helicopter is another way to view Fiordland from the air

Fiordland From the Water

The pristine beauty of Fiordland can be seen close up from the water.

Cruise around Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound or Breaksea Sound. The pristine forest, sheer rock walls and tumbling waterfalls are a breathtaking sight. Local inhabitants include bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins.

Cruises range from half to full day trips, one to six night packages or group charters. Some companies offer fishing and diving packages or ecology-based tours.

Sea and lake kayaking is an active way to explore Fiordland in a small, personalised group. Several specialist companies offer a range of kayaking trips, including overnight trips to six-day adventures.

Take the two and a half hour trip to Te Anau Caves and glowworm grotto on the edge of Lake Te Anau. These caves are geologically active—quite unique in the Southern Hemisphere.

You can also cruise or sail picturesque Lake Te Anau or Lake Manapouri.

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The Walking Capital of the World

The walks in Fiordland National Park are world famous. Spend a day or a week on one of the spectacular tracks.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Routeburn falls, Fiordland National Park, Fiordland, New Zealand
Routeburn Falls
Fiordland National Park
Photographer: Gareth Eyres

It's easy to arrange a day walk on either the Milford, Kepler or Routeburn Tracks. Experienced guides explain the unique flora and fauna that you'll see along the way.

Longer tracks - the unabridged Milford and Routeburn, Kepler, Hollyford and Dusky - take a number of days. There are huts to stay in along the way.

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Underneath the Fiords

A phenomenon called 'deep water emergence' creates an environment similar to the deep ocean only a few metres under the Milford Sound.

'Milford Deep' underwater observatory is situated in the middle of Piopiotahi (Milford) Marine Reserve. It enables visitors to view a completely natural and unaffected marine community without getting wet!

You'll see rare red and black coral, butterfly perch, anemones and sponges, scarlet wrasse, snake stars and much more.

The unique marine environment can be viewed during a diving excursion on a cruise or as a full day guided trip from Te Anau. The visibility is great and the water warmer than you think!

The Fish are Always Biting

Fiordland's fishing is almost as spectacular as its scenery.

  • The brown and rainbow trout population are all wild and self-sustaining with the average fish weighing one-two kilograms. Much larger fish are always a possibility
  • Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri are open for fishing all year round. The rivers are generally open for the summer months
  • A range of experienced operators offer guided freshwater and saltwater fishing. Licences are required and are readily available at a number of outlets in Te Anau and Manapouri

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