Fiordland, just 2 hours from Queenstown or Invercargill, is one of the southern hemisphere’s greatest wilderness regions achieving World Heritage Status for its spectacular natural features, remarkable beauty and role in demonstrating the earth’s evolutionary history. Home of Mitre Peak, the stunning fiords of Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound, the beautiful lake towns of Te Anau and Manapouri and the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Tracks, Fiordland is known as the sightseeing capital of the world. Extraordinary scenic beauty has earned this region a reputation as a significant walking destination, and a “must see” for anyone travelling to New Zealand. more
Of the fourteen fiords in the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible. The Milford Road is a magnificent alpine journey and is one of the world’s finest drives. The magnificence of this drive even dazzles locals used to New Zealand's breath-taking scenery. Travel along sparkling clear-blue lakes, through unforgettable valleys flanked by towering rugged ranges, over wild cascading rivers, through lush rainforest, and around majestic cliff faces before reaching the high alpine Homer Tunnel which emerges to reveal a dramatic picturesque glacier-cut valley before finely reaching the utterly stunning and iconic Milford Sound.
A trip into Doubtful Sound provides a boundless wilderness experience. Visitors are often rewarded with dolphins and a wealth of marine life on a visit to the more remote Doubtful Sound. Fiordland provides a wide range of activities and opportunities to discover every aspect of its unique environment, from boat cruise and kayak options, scenic flights, glow-worm caves or the unique Discovery Centre underwater observatory.
Located 20 kms from Te Anau, Lake Manapouri provides an excellent base from which to discover Doubtful Sound and offers services such as a café, restaurant, small shop and service station. Guided tours depart from both towns daily to visit the fiords, or to explore the many other features within Fiordland National Park.
The picturesque lakeside township of Te Anau, provides a perfect base to explore the area and provides a wide-ranging variety of services to visitors. It is the closest service base to Milford Sound and is known as the “walking capital of the world” due its proximity to the many outstanding walking tracks, including the Great Walks of the Milford Track, Routeburn Track and Kepler Track.
When you travel to Fiordland you are visiting one of the most beautiful and dramatic parts of New Zealand. It is the perfect location for enjoying all outdoor activities or just relaxing and taking in the stunning mountain vistas.
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Kayaking in Milford Sound is an extraordinary experience where the majesty of the landscape is all that more dramatic from sea level. Our Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound experience includes a Milford Sound cruise, entry to the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and one hour of kayaking around serene Harrison Cove.
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Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Absolutely Fabulous Southern Lakes Tours! Ideal for couples or family groups of all ages. Very family friendly with no age restrictions. Four-day Lord of the Rings tours. Christchurch to Queenstown, Milford Sound and beyond plus four-day Southern Lakes Sightseeing Tours. Option to fly out of Queenstown or return to Christchurch. Tour vehicle is exclusively reserved for you.
These new, fully self contained two bedroom eco-cottages, situated on the Southern Scenic Route, just 1km from Lake Manapouri township, and 20km from Te Anau, offer spectacular mountain views. Its the ideal base for exploring Doubtful and Milford Sounds and the dramatic and beautiful Fiordland National Park. Acheron Cottages are actively managed to minimise effects to the ecosystem.
Warm, affordable accommodation in a World Heritage area. Range of ground floor, non-smoking units with excellent facilities. Room breakfast service. Close to lake, restaurants and shops. Comfortable day trip to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Tour bookings arranged. Friendly, helpful hosts keen to make your stay pleasant.
Mobile-friendly - Adventure Kayak and Cruise invite you to be a little different and join them on an intimate small group lake cruise or rent a kayak on the lake. Forget about the crowds and cruise boats and experience the sights and sounds of nature at a close personal level and a unique experience in Fiordland.
Mobile-friendly - Air Milford proudly operates the only brand new Cessna Caravan aircraft. This aircraft offers leather seating, quiet air conditioned comfort and great viewing for all passengers. It is one of the safest aircraft flying today. Eco-tours, aircraft charters, fishing, hunting and personalised tours. Flights to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
Scenic flights over the South Island's spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Centrally located in a sunny area of Te Anau, only five minutes' walk from shops, cinema, restaurants and the shores of Lake Te Anau. Five studio units and two one-bedroom family units. Each offer clean and cosy accommodation in quiet surroundings. Continental breakfast available. Free WiFi. A booking agent for all the local attractions including Doubtful and Milford Sounds.
Mobile-friendly - Near the shores of Lake Te Anau in spacious, colourful grounds, close to town centre, restaurants and cinema. Family and pet friendly. Selection of units with queen or king-size beds. BBQ area, children's adventure playground, wireless Internet available in all rooms and 12 channels of freeview and Sky TV. Can arrange travel in Fiordland National Park at no extra cost.
We are a New Zealand based consultancy (specialising solely on New Zealand) creating innovative and imaginative self-drive itineraries tailored to your own requirements. We can offer you great diversity to take you off the beaten track and away from the mass tourism wherever possible to see and experience the REAL New Zealand.
Mobile-friendly - Our spacious, modern motel/apartments accommodation is the perfect base to start your Fiordland adventure or simply relax in the beauty of Te Anau itself. Just two minutes to Lake Te Anau but sheltered from the lake breezes, Arran Motel has spacious one and two bedroom ground-floor units as well as seven refurbished studio units available for your comfort and convenience.
Mobile-friendly - Glacier landings, scenic flights, personalised experiences: Let us take you exploring over Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks giving you the ultimate birds-eye view and unique alpine landings only possible by helicopter. Set foot on an ancient glacier, enjoy the diverse landscape on a Milford Sound flight or simply take in the majestic mountains surrounding Wanaka. Charter flights available.
Mobile-friendly - Situated in a quiet, sheltered location. Affordable accommodation with full facilities designed to please. Range of modern, clean, quality, non-smoking ground-floor units. Also two easy access units. Queen-size beds (king-size available). TV with video channels, Sky TV, wireless high-speed Internet access, off street parking, car and boat parking. Courtesy car, and storage for track walkers available.
Mobile-friendly - Located at the entrance to Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island, this modern style motel accommodation comprises 18 superior self contained units. Situated at a quiet location, adjacent to a park and the closest motel to the town centre, just minutes stroll from the lakefront. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau offers quality accommodation in Fiordland at affordable rates.
Mobile-friendly - Blue Mountain Cottages and Lodge, located on the Southern Scenic route between Te Anau and Manapouri, have two bedroomed cottages set in beautiful gardens on 20 acres of farmland, and the farmhouse offers 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for B&B. Owned by Dean and Fiona, Dean is NZ's only ORVIS endorsed Fly Fishing Guide.
Mobile-friendly - The perfect base for your Fiordland experience. Our 3 suites are self-contained with king or twin beds, ensuite bathroom and kitchenette. At the end of your day, relax in our outdoor spa pool. After a night's peaceful slumber, awake to native birdsong and stunning mountain views. A full gourmet breakfast is included. Just a 5 minute stroll to town.
Mobile-friendly - Quality self-contained cottages are individually decorated with all the comforts of home. Situated on 10 acres of land with superb mountain views, just one kilometre from Te Anau. Our cottage holiday homes are on the road to Milford Sound and are close to the Fiordland National Park. All are freestanding with their own private courtyard. Privacy assured.
Mobile-friendly - Your friendly hosts warmly welcome you to share their stunning purpose-built guest accommodation. Surrounded by majestic scenery, with lakefront location, Cathedral Peaks is your ideal base for relaxing or exploring Lake Manapouri, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Te Anau, and the outstanding attractions of Fiordland. Well-appointed guestrooms, en suite bathrooms, cooked breakfasts, free Internet, set in paradise. Enquire about pricing options.
Mobile-friendly - Kayaking in Milford Sound is an extraordinary experience where the majesty of the landscape is all that more dramatic from sea level. Our Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound experience includes a Milford Sound cruise, entry to the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and one hour of kayaking around serene Harrison Cove.
Mobile-friendly - Milford Sound awaits! From your base in Te Anau, at Distinction Luxmore Hotel, you are ideally situated to explore Fiordland National Park and world-famous Milford Sound. Superior and standard accommodation options with free WiFi. Conference facilities for up to 200 guests. Warm, friendly and efficient service. Click through to view website and BOOK NOW link.
Mobile-friendly - The hotel offers chic, elegant accommodation and its lake front location is part of New Zealand's largest world heritage area; Fiordland, gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds. If you need an escape from everyday life, and a chance to indulge yourself with a relaxing holiday in one of the world's most breathtaking regions, this is the place for you.
Mobile-friendly - Open in December 2006, a brand new luxury lodge! Purpose-built for the discerning traveller, there are five suites. Three suites have super-king beds and two suites have king beds plus a separate lounge. All have private balconies with unobstructed views over the golf course, Lake Te Anau and the National Park mountains towards Milford Sound.
Mobile-friendly - For a unique experience, forget about the crowds and come join us on the water in a sea kayak. We guarantee your visit to Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound will be memorable. This rich variety of landscape makes Fiordland a popular destination for those who want to experience the sights and sounds of nature at a close, personal level.
Mobile-friendly - Explore isolated and beautiful Doubtful Sound aboard the MV Southern Secret as part of our personalised tour of Doubtful Sound. View marine animals such as dolphins, seals and penguins that call the fiord home; at night listen for the calls of Morepork and Weka! Activities onboard include fishing, scrumptious meals, swimming and star gazing. Join our journey of discovery today.
Mobile-friendly - Dunluce is a Luxury boutique bed and breakfast with stunning lake and mountain views. We feature a guest wing with a private lounge and four stylish lake facing en suite rooms. A full gourmet breakfast is included. Fall in love with our exquisite ensuite rooms overlooking Lake Te Anau and the mountains of Fiordland National Park; a World Heritage gem.
Mobile-friendly - AA Supreme Host of the Year (2009); Stay at one of Te Anau's best motel locations, metres from Lake Te Anau, five minutes walk to town, cinema, bike hire, playground and mini golf course. Edgewater has off street parking, outdoor area with picnic tables, gardens and BBQ.
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Southland District Council Holiday Programme
The Southland District Council Holiday Programme is coming to you this January! Send your kids along for days of sports, crafts, games and challenges. We will be bringing a range of crafts to get creative with, and ...
Where: Fiordland Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 20 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 10:00am on Monday 22nd January 2018
To: 3:00pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Birds Bats and Banana Splits - Waiting List
This event is sold out. To put your name on the waiting list, please continue with the ticket registration and we will get in contact with you if a spot becomes available. For more information please contact the ...
Where: Knobs Flat, Eglinton Valley, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 6178 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:30pm on Friday 26th January 2018
To: 12:00am on Saturday 27th January 2018
Earthquakes In the South Island
The Alpine Fault is one of the world’s major geological features, running 600 km up the spine of the South Island. In the past 8000 years the fault has ruptured 26 times, producing magnitude 8 earthquakes ...
Where: Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:00pm on Friday 26th January 2018
To: 11:59pm on Friday 26th January 2018
World Wetlands Day Celebration
Come celebrate World Wetlands Day at Rakatu Wetlands! Explore this unique environment and discover the what makes wetlands so important. Located on the floodplain of the Lower Waiau River, the Rakatu Wetlands is Waiau ...
Where: Rakatu Wetlands, Manapouri, Fiordland
Address: Clifden-Blackmount Road, Manapouri, Fiordland
From: 11:00am on Saturday 27th January 2018
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 27th January 2018
Understanding Your Farming Business
Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) - Engaging women as critical farming partners Would you like to better understand what drives your sheep and beef farm? Do you want the skills and confidence to participate ...
Where: Te Anau Golf Club , Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: Golf Course Rd, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 8:30am on Thursday 8th February 2018
To: 8:00pm on Thursday 3rd May 2018
Julian Temple Band
Fresh off their New Year's Eve banga at the Cliff, JTB can't get enough of the joint and are back as a stripped back 3-piece in Te Anau.
Where: Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 12 Mokonui St, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 10:00pm on Saturday 10th February 2018
To: 1:00am on Sunday 11th February 2018
Special Contra Dance with US Allemand Joy Contra Tour
Dance with super experienced contra dancers from the USA! Live Music by Allemand Joy Band: - ...Arlene Jamar: Keyboard, Aubrey Swift: Fiddle, Mandolin,Guitar, Bass - ...Betsy Foote: Fiddle, Glenn Lee: Accordion, ...
Where: Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: 20-22 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:00pm on Friday 23rd February 2018
To: 10:30pm on Friday 23rd February 2018
Fiordland Kiwi Diaries - Public Talk
Hear from DOC ranger Tim Raemaekers as he reveals the rewards and challenges of working to protect the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi). Kiwi populations around the country are declining on average by 2% a year, mostly due ...
Where: Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018
St John Workplace First Aid Training
Attain your St John First Aid Level 1 certificate (valid for two years). Ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic first aid or needs to update their first aid qualification. Minimum qualification requirement for a ...
Where: Te Anau Club, Te Anau, Fiordland
Address: Pop Andrew Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland
From: 8:30am on Thursday 24th May 2018
To: 5:30pm on Thursday 24th May 2018