We highly recommend staying at least one night in Te Anau to fully enjoy your Fiordland Experience.
Our most highly recommended activities which should be considered by all guests visiting include:
Te Anau is our beautiful village nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau, surrounded by the Kepler and Murchison Mountains and on the cusp of civilisation and the Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area - Fiordland National Park.
Te Anau is an excellent place from which to base your explorations into Fiordland. Te Anau has a range of services including supermarkets, clothing stores, cinema, restaurants, bars and cafes. Most equipment may be hired or purchased here! Glowworm Caves, Horse Riding and more activities can be organised for you to enjoy right here.
Milford Sound is a short 2 hour drive away, Doubtful Sound departures are 20 minutes and the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks are all within an hours drive.
Te Anau is the hub into the wilderness of Fiordland National Park.
The Te Anau - Milford Sound Highway is one of the most visually stunning roads in New Zealand. There are many opportunities for short walks and half day walks from the Milford Road. Free Maps of the Milford Road showing many walks and photographic opportunities is available from our reception.
Upon your arrival in Milford Sound there are opportunities to cruise, kayak or overnight on the spectacular Milford Sound. This is "must see" New Zealand at it's very finest. Described as the 8th wonder of the natural world journey through alpine road and fabulous scenery to emerge in Milford Sound. Cruise past majestic Mitre Peak, and sheer cliff faces awash with waterfalls.
Doubtful Sound is the second of Fiordland's accessible Fiords. Doubtful Sound is five times larger than Milford Sound and is often described as the "Sounds of Silence". This is the most remote experience out of Doubtful Sound and Milford Sounds. Doubtful Sound is a beautiful serene wilderness, there is a resident pod of Dolphins in the Fiord so your chances of seeing them are much better than in Milford Sound. There is also a seal colony at the mouth of the Fiord. Some cruises offer the opportunity to fish and kayak whilst others are purely sightseeing orientated.
Overnight Cruises are a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness without losing any comforts from home.
For transport into and around Fiordland and Southern New Zealand, Tracknet offer services during the summer season connecting Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Invercargill with Fiordland's Great Walks - The Milford, Routeburn, Kepler and Hollyford Tracks - Click here to be view Tracknet's online bookings and schedules.