Nowhere is the wild beauty of New Zealand displayed with more effect than in the stunning landscapes of Fiordland. Here, untamed waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into virgin forested valleys, lonely fords greet the sun with enchanted birdsong, and stretches of crystal clear lakes shimmer in the pure air surrounded by a mantle of vivid green rainforest and towering granite peaks.
Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of the fords and the road is a spectacular alpine journey. But if you'd like to save time and take a spectacular flight across Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area then try a day trip by plane from Lake Wanaka with a cruise on Milford Sound as well.
Dolphins and a wealth of other marine life often reward a visit to the more remote Doubtful Sound. The fords are just a small part of this vast area waiting to be explored. The Fiordland National Park is one of the world’s largest areas of protected land at over 1.2 million hectares and is a designated World Heritage Area - Te Wahipounamu.
A myriad of hiking trails and short walks have earned Fiordland the reputation of one of the world’s finest walking destinations. This includes the Great Walks; Milford, Kepler and Routeburn, as well as the Hollyford and Greenstone Tracks.
Rudyard Kipling dubbed Milford Sound the eighth wonder of the world and no brochure description has yet been able to capture the essence of the Milford experience. A range of activities provides the opportunity to discover every aspect of this unique environment, from kayak and cruise options, scenic fights, diving or visiting the unique Discovery Centre underwater observatory.
Sitting on the shores of New Zealand’s second largest lake, the town of Te Anau provides a perfect base to explore the area. Te Anau is perfectly placed to accommodate guests in an excellent selection of hotels, motels, backpackers, holiday parks and holiday homes.
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