Fiordland Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on the South Island's southwest coast, Fiordland is one of New Zealand's most spectacular and dramatic locations. A World Heritage listed region, Fiordland is renowned as the world's walking and sightseeing capital. Most famous as the location the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed, Fiordland is home to rugged granite peaks, dense forests, glittering lakes and amazing cascading waterfalls which feed into sheer-sided fiords.

Te Anau is a beautiful resort town that forms the most popular base in Fiordland with popular attractions like Milford Sound, Lake Manapouri and the beginning of the Doubtful Sound excursion just minutes away. One of the world's premier alpine drives, Milford Sound is a must see as are the renowned walking trails of Milford, Hollyford, Kepler and Routeburn. Guides are available for some tracks however in most cases you can explore on your own.

Fiordland NP

Fiordland Attractions

Scenic flights are a popular and particularly spectacular way to see the lakes, snow clad mountains and glacier carved fiords of the Fiordland National Park. Cruise the breathtaking sights of sheer rock walls, pristine forests and cascading waterfalls of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound and Breaksea Sound. Keep an eye out for the resident fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and crested penguins along the way.
Join an intimate ground to kayak the sea or lake and explore Fiordland. Sail and enjoy a leisurely cruise on the picturesque Manapouri and Te Anau Lakes. Visit the edge of Lake Te Anau and glow worm grotto at the Te Anau Caves.

Getting To Fiordland

Access to the many attractions of Fiordland National Park is by road via Te Anau. Considered the 'gateway to Fiordland' Te Anau can be accessed via the SH6 and SH94 from Queenstown or SH1 and SH94 from Invercargill. Another popular way of getting to Fiordland is via the Southern Scenic Route, a 600 km spectacular stretch of road that winds its way to southern locations in Fiordland.

Fiordland Facts

Located in the south-western corner of New Zealand's South Island, Fiordland is a geographic region which comprises the westernmost third of the area known as Southland. Dominated by ocean-flooded valleys, deep lakes, and the steep, glacier-carved sides of the snow-capped Southern Alps, Fiordland is dominated by and indeed shares the same boundaries as Fiordland National Park, the largest National Park in all of New Zealand. The name comes from a variation of the spelling of the Scandinavian word "fjord" which describes the kinds of steep valleys that characterise the region.