Fiordland

Fiorldland-MilfordAbout Fiordland

The townships of Te Anau and Manapouri are the gateways to Fiordland National Park. This area offers a wide variety of activity, accommodation and restaurant options. Visiting the incredible grandeur of Milford Sound/Piopiotahi or Doubtful Sound/Patea, or undertaking any of the short walks and multiday hiking trails, are some of the key attractions to the region. With over 600km of formed tracks, Fiordland is one of the world’s finest walking destinations.

 

Lake Manapouri in Fiordland

The Kelper Track in Fiordland

Fiordland Links

Townships in Fiordland

5 hr return drive from Te Anau World renowned, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s only fiord accessible via road. Take time to explore the many short walks and scenic-stopping points along the Milford Road itself – a spectacular alpine journey through a World Heritage National Park. A guided journey with a local operator can offer insights which add to the experience and leave drivers free to enjoy the scenery. Pre-book in the peak season and please check road conditions before departing, especially in winter.

The departure point for excursions to Doubtful Sound/ Patea and the West Arm Underground Power Station, Manapouri also offers a range of short walks accessible by water taxi. Contact the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for further information.

8 hr return trip from Manapouri The journey to Doubtful Sound starts with a boat ride across beautiful Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus journey over Wilmot Pass, through the pristine Fiordland National Park. A trip to the underground power station at West Arm is an interesting side excursion. Local operators run guided excursions daily to Doubtful Sound.

Called Roto-ua (rainy lake) and Moturau (many islands) by early Ma¯ori, environmentalists successfully campaigned to save the area’s natural beauty in the 1970s, halting plans to raise the lake level to generate hydro-electricity. Pearl Harbour is the only place in the area with private boat launch facilities..

World Heritage is a global concept that identifies natural and cultural sites of world significance - areas so special that protecting them is of concern for all people. Known to Ma¯ori as Te Wahipounamu (the place of greenstone), the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area incorporates: Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland/ TaiPoutini, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks - covering 2.6 million hectares of pristine wilderness. Some of the best examples of animals and plants once found on the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, live in this World Heritage Area.

Activities in Fiordland

Ivon Wilson Park is a 35 hectare park with fantastic views of the Fiordland Mountains. The park is a great place for families to visit with many marked trails and the picturesque Lake Henry, stocked with rainbow and brown trout as a children’s fishery. There is also a mountain bike track located in the reserve.

15 min each way

A lakeside path leads to the Te Anau Wildlife Centre where some of New Zealand’s rare native birdlife may be observed. Open from dawn until dusk, entry is by gold coin donation.

50 min each way

Continuing along the lakeshore from the Te Anau Wildlife Centre, the Control Gates lie at the south western corner of Lake Te Anau, and regulate water flows between lakes for the West Arm hydro-electric power station. This is also the start of the Kepler Track.

3 hours return

From the Visitor Centre, follow the Te Anau lakeshore towards the town centre. This lakeside track offers great views and family activity opportunities. Stop for a coffee or ice cream along the way. Continue along the footpath to the boat harbour at Bluegum Point (30 mins) or for a longer trip (3 hours return) continue around the lakefront and past the rodeo grounds to the mouth of the Upukerora River.

1 hr return

A return walk on the first section of the Kepler Track. Starting from the control gates, a well-defined track follows the lakeshore through attractive stands of native forest. Dock Bay is a pleasant bay with swimming and picnic facilities.

3 hr return

Further on from Dock Bay, Brod Bay is another popular spot for boaties and day walkers to enjoy the beach and picnic facilities. A water taxi is available to return to Te Anau on a prearranged basis.

3 hr 30 min return

A gently undulating track through mountain beech forest. Some scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed here. The Shallow Bay Hut offers shelter and toilet facilities as does the nearby Moturau Hut.

5 min

Situated on SH94, 20 minutes drive from Te Anau towards Mossburn. The viewing platform overlooks Halocarpus bidwillii (bog pine) forest, and offers stunning views of the Takitimu Mountains.

Mavora Lakes Park is an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu/ South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Many activities are possible here including trout fishing, water sports, horse trekking, tramping and mountain biking. The Mavora Lakes are located on State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau.

45 min each way

A pleasant stroll along the Waiau River bank and Lake Manapouri shore from Pearl Harbour to Frasers Beach. There are exit points at several places back to the main road. The track is signposted from both the start and end points.

30 min loop

This 14 hectare parkland is located approx. 1km east of Manapouri and is accessible via a sign-posted road off the Manapouri-Hillside Road. Home Creek is a naturally meandering stream and is an important native fishery and habitat for brown trout. Visitors are welcome to walk on the circular track around the Home Creek area.

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