Fiordland & Milford Sound

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 and stretches of crystal clear lakes shimmer in the pure air surrounded by a mantle of vivid green rainforest and towering granite peaks. An easy day trip from Wanaka or as part of your South Island onward journey, Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound are a wonder of nature not to be missed.

Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of the fiords 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 with views of glaciers otherwise unseen on other flights from Lake Wanaka. This scenic flight includes views of the magical peak of Mt Aspiring and many of the glaciers in the park. You can fly there and back in less than two hours, or land and take a cruise on Milford Sound then fly back to Lake Wanaka; what a way to spend a day!

Dolphins and a wealth of other marine life often reward a visit to the more remote Doubtful Sound. The fiords 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, not to mention glow worm caves – unfortunately not for rent!

Visit the official Fiordland website

Click links below to check out availability and make online bookings for Fiordland accommodation:

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Flights to Wanaka

Getting to Wanaka is easy. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wanaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wanaka throughout the day.

Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports as well as over 40 flights a week direct from Australia.

How to get to Wanaka

Driving to Wanaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.

Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wanaka.

How to get to Wanaka

Explore the Region

Wanaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wanaka

  1. New Zealand
  2. Auckland 1 h 50 min
  3. Wellington 1 h 20 min
  4. Christchurch 55 min
  5. Queenstown Airport 1 h 4 min
  6. Australia
  7. Brisbane 3 h 50 min
  8. Gold Coast 3 h 30 min
  9. Sydney 3 h 15 min
  10. Melbourne 3 h 35 min
  11. Tokyo 10 h 30 min
  12. Los Angeles 12 h 5 min
  13. Beijing 16 h 10 min
  1. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  2. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  3. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  4. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  5. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  6. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  7. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  8. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  9. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  10. Haast 1 h 43 min
  11. Cromwell 39 min
  12. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  13. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  14. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  15. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Makarora 50 min
  2. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  3. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  4. Luggate 13 min
  5. Tarras 27 min
  6. Cromwell 39 min
  7. Cardrona 18 min
  8. Arrowtown 53 min
  9. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  10. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  11. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min