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If you were to imagine the most dramatic landscape on the planet, it might look like this. Fiordland will move you to seek new adjectives.

Fiordland Overview

Fiordland, New Zealand
Fiordland, New Zealand

Fiordland is located on the south-west coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

As one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, Fiordland has achieved World Heritage status and is often called the Sightseeing and Walking Capital of the world.

The best base for exploring the Fiordland region is the attractive resort town of Te Anau. From here it is an easy two hours drive to Milford Sound and twenty minutes drive to Lake Manapouri and the start of a Doubtful Sound excursion. The road to Milford Sound is considered to be one of the world's finest alpine drives.

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Fiordland Highlights

You can explore Fiordland National Park by foot, sea kayak or boat, or take to the air and do it the flightseeing way. The Park covers 1.2 million hectares and showcases dramatic wilderness on a grand scale. Waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into pristine, forested valleys, sheer-sided fiords slide gracefully into the sea, rare native birds and sea creatures go about their lives in a near-perfect world.

Famous walking trails in the region include the Milford, Kepler, Hollyford and Routeburn Tracks. In most cases you can head off on your own, and guides are available for some tracks.

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Fiordland National Park
Fiordland
Photographer: Gilbert van Reenen
(www.cleangreen.co.nz)

Te Anau township has a range of fine restaurants, seven days a week shopping and can cater for all levels of accommodation. Local attractions include fishing, golf, 4WD (four-wheel driving), motorbikes, hunting and cave explorations.

Main Centres in Fiordland

  • Doubtful Sound - known for its amazing wildlife and wilderness
  • Milford Sound - described by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth wonder of the world"
  • Manapouri - nestled on the shores of picturesque Lake Manapouri, 20 minutes from Te Anau
  • Te Anau - the main centre for discovering Fiordland National Park

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