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.