Accommodation in Fiordland
Fiordland is one of the most breathtaking places in New Zealand. The highlights of Fiordland are the fiords of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Caves.
Make sure you wear sturdy walking shoes and definitely do not forget your camera when visiting the Fiordland National Park. This 1.2 million acre park is the largest national park in New Zealand. The unique flora and fauna, landscape and geology is why it made the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The 16-mile Milford Sound fjord is the most visited of the Fiordland National Park. The simplest route is by foot through the Milford Track which starts at the northern tip of Lake Te Anau. The most impressive and striking landmark is the halfway point in the Milford Sound landscape “Mitre Peak”, a pyramid-shaped mountain that rises straight from the sea and is 1832 meters high. The mountain takes its name from its shape, which is a “miter”. Visiting the fjord by a boat is also a spectacular option.
The Doubtful Sound is arguably more beautiful than the Milford Sound, however because it can only be reached with a tour company it still receives less visitors than the Milford Sound. It is therefore quite a lot quieter and very untouched. Not to be missed is the striking 365 meter high Cleve Garth Falls and Commander Peak.
From Te Anau is definitely worth a cruise on Lake Te Anau, where you will visit the caves, the Te Anau Caves, which lie on the other side of the lake. The caves are home to a system of underground rock formations in the most fanciful shapes. Here are some fossils, waterfalls and bubbling water to see.
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Fiordland Lodge Te Anau
“Superior lodge located just 5 minutes from Te Anau. The lodge offers full facilities for the discerning traveller including a world class restaurant. Packages typically include all meals. “
Loch Vista Bed & Breakfast
“Located conveniently on the road to Milford Sound and only a short drive to Te Ananu. This lakeside B&B is a fantastic affordable option. A great spot to relax and enjoy the area. “
Dusky Ridge Farm Stay
“A great alternative to hotel accommodation. Stay in a self-contained studio apartment on a classic New Zealand farm. “
Distinction Hotel & Villa
“This is a popular choice of hotel to stay on the lake in Te Anau. Fantastic location and great property overall. “
More information about Fiordland
1. Fiordland National Park
This 1.2 million acre park is the largest national park in New Zealand. The unique flora and fauna, landscape and geology is why it made the UNESCO World Heritage list. Find Out More >
2. Milford Sounds
The 16-mile Milford Sound fjord is the most visited of the Fiordland National Park. The Milford Track is a 53.5 km scenic hiking trail that typically done in 4 days, 3 nights staying in huts along the way. Visiting the fjord by a boat is also a spectacular option. Find Out More >
3. Doubtful Sound
With a length of 40 kilometers, Doubtful Sounds is the second longest fjord in the area and almost three times as long as the Milford Sound. With its 421 meters, the fjord is the also deepest. As it can only be reached with a tour company it is alot quieter and untouched than the Milford Sounds. Find Out More >
4. Te Anau Glowworm Caves
From Te Anau it is definitely worth a cruise on Lake Te Anau to see the fascinating underground rock formation. A real highlight is the the glowworms that light up one of the underground caves. Find Out More >
5. Milford Trek
Hike one of New Zealands great walks- the Milford Trek. Typically this hike will take 4 days / 3 nights staying in basic cabins along the way. There is a possibility to do it with a guide and stay in luxury cabins along the way. Find Out More >
6. Star Gazing
Take an enchanting outside tour of the star system from Te Anau. It combines historic and modern astronomy, myths, a strong New Zealand and Maori theme with a chance to view things you will never have seen before. Find Out More >
7. Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track offers spectacular alpine views and alpine flowers. This 3 days / 2 nights trek has a basic cabins along the way or a guided option with luxury accomodation is also avaliable. This trek can be walked in either direction. Find Out More >
8. The Kepler Track
The Kepler Track offers vistas of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, alpine grasslands of the Jackson Peaks, beech forest and U-shaped glacial valleys. This trek has no guided option as yet. It can be walked as 3 days / 2 nights or 4 days / 3 nights. Find Out More >
9. Drive to Milford Sounds
The drive to Milford Sounds is one of the most stunning drives in New Zealand. After leaving Te Anau, visitors follow 119km of sealed road to the majestic Milford Sound. In the winter months all cars will need to carry chains. Find Out More >
10. Te Anau Township
The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. It is worth a visit in iteself. Home to a wide range of accommodation Te Anau is the perfect stopover on the way to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Find Out More >
There are several ways to explore Fiordland National Park: Fly, drive, by bus and or course by boat or walking.