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Te Anau and Fiordland Holidays

Te Anau, a small township on the edge of Te Anau Lake – the largest lake on the South Island, is the entrance to the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site and home to Milford and Doubtful Sound. Just two hours from Queensland, Te Anau is the perfect stop on any South Island itinerary as a base for the breathtaking Fiordland.

In the majestic fiords you will explore thundering waterfalls, ancient rainforests, towering mountains, glacial valleys and shimmering lakes by walking trail, boat cruise, or scenic flight – each activity offers a completely different experience of this magical area.

Things to do in Fiordland

Departing from Te Anau Lake, a boat cruise is an easy and convenient way for deeper exploration of the fiords and famously scenic Milford Sound. Get up-close-and-personal with waterfalls, wildlife and sheer cliffs from the boat, then anchor up and jump in a kayak to explore at your own pace and really get amongst it in the shimmering Milford Sound water.

Fiordland’s diverse beauty continues underwater with the Underwater Observatory at the Milford Discovery Centre in the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve. 10 metres beneath the water, the observatory’s viewing area features large, clear windows offering bright viewings of the marine life in their natural home. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound in a unique and fun way.

Take a guided walk or make your own route through the forest and mountains, past the emerald waters of Clinton River, and stroll through ancient beech village. The guided walks offer a wealth of knowledge about the area’s human and natural history. We recommend an overnight walk with a night in private lodges and the luxury of sleeping in complete tranquility.

View isolated scenery which is unaccessible by foot and boat with a scenic heliflight over Fiordland.Take in the bush-covered mountain slopes, alpine lakes, waterfalls, hanging valleys and snow-clad mountain tops from a completely different perspective. For a truly magical experience, you can even design your own personalised route. 

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The fiordlands on New Zealand's South Island are like something out of a fairy tale. The scenery is outstanding and I definitely recommend a Milford Sound cruise where you can get up close to waterfalls and see all sorts of wildlife.
Vicki, Travel Designer

What to do in Te Anau and Fiordland

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Places to stay in Te Anau and Fiordland

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New Zealand voyage

New Zealand Voyage

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £5,749 per person

Discover all that New Zealand has to offer on this 17 day itinerary, taking you through the heart of this spectacular country.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

2 Day Escorted Tour
From £265 per person

Join the crew of the Fiordland Navigator to cruise through Doubtful Sound on an overnight adventure; view the wilderness scenery and wildlife of the Sound.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Wildlife & nature
Australia encompassed

Australasia Encompassed

Singapore - New Zealand - Australia - Cook Islands - LA
26 Day Luxury Suggested Itinerary from £7,695 per person

Embark on a luxury round the world adventure; take in Asian and US city sights, New Zealand's Maori culture, Australia's Sydney Harbour & Cook Island's palm-fringed beaches.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world
  • Wildlife & nature
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Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

2 Day Escorted Tour
From £185 per person

Sail on the Milford Mariner, a traditional style motor vessel, for an adventure through the heart of Milford Sound to view seals, penguins and dolphins!

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Wildlife & nature

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