”From the sea for as far inland as the eye can reach, nothing is to be seen but the summits of these rocky mountains which seem to lay so near one another as not to admit any valleys between them.” – James Cook describing Fiordland on his voyage of discovery in 1770.
Awarded World Heritage status in 1986, discover the unique landscapes of Fiordland with us.
The gateway to Fiordland and the main town in the area. Te Anau sits beside Lake Te Anau which is the largest lake in the South Island and a destination in its own right. Te Anau (pronounced Tee An – ow) means “the swirling cave” and is likely named after the underwater glowworm caves which formed part of Maori legend and were rediscovered in 1948.
A bustling little town with a good number of shops, restaurants and tourist amenities, Te Anau is a great place to base yourself for your Fiordland adventure. Summer can be very busy and it is worth booking early with us for this time of year.
Some of our local recommendations include:
Fiordland Cinema – www.fiordlandcinema.co.nz
A wonderful boutique cinema showing the latest releases and exclusive showings of “Ata Whenua – Shadowlands”, which takes you on an evocative and unforgettable journey through Fiordland
Black Dog Bar – www.blagdogbar.co.nz
Situated next to Fiordland Cinema in the heart of Te Anau this locals’ favourite serves a hand-picked selection of New Zealand’s fine wines as well as a fantastic line-up of Whiskeys and all your favourite drops. Gourmet tapas and platters can also be enjoyed and can be combined with a movie at the cinema.
A stunning lake dotted with small islands, Manapouri is the starting point for day trips to Doubtful Sound. The small township of Manapouri is a 20 minute drive away from Te Anau.
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world, Milford Sound has to be seen to be believed. The sheer scale of the towering mountains which rise over a mile from the water will leave you in awe.
Every year thousands of visitors visit Milford on bus tours, taking a 2 hr cruise on the Sound itself. At Explore Fiordland we will take you further, showing you Milford and the Southern Alps by air so that you can truly appreciate the scale of the landscape and fly over native forest and cascading waterfalls.
We will connect you to the boats that offer a more personalised and intimate experience, viewing rare wildlife such as Fiordland crested penguins, NZ fur seals and dolphins.
Equally stunning and more remote, Doubtful Sound is a nature lover’s dream destination. Rare Fiordland Crested Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals and playful dolphins are regularly seen here and the richness and diversity of the scenery will leave you speechless.
Here, away from it all you can experience the true “Sound of Silence”. It is within this Fiord that we offer you extended kayaking trips which take you further than anyone else, scenic helicopter flights and nearby glacier landings.
You will return from a day at Doubtful Sound with memories that will last a lifetime.
Dusky Sound is one of the largest and most remote sounds in Fiordland and Preservation Inlet is the southernmost fiord in Fiordland National Park.
Together these make up the fiords that few travellers ever get to see. Experience true wilderness with Explore Fiordland and become part of the scenery that the locals love.