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 Wānaka 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 Wānaka; 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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Driving to Wanaka Explore the Region

Driving to Wānaka

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 Wānaka.

How to get to Wānaka

Explore the Region

Wānaka 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 Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wānaka

  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  3. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  4. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  5. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  6. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  7. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  8. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  9. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  10. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  11. Haast 1 h 43 min
  12. Cromwell 39 min
  13. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  14. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  15. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  16. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Coronet Peak
  3. The Remarkables
  4. Cardrona
  5. Treble Cone
  6. Snow Farm
  7. Heli Skiing
  8. Heli Skiing
  9. Makarora 50 min
  10. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  11. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  12. Luggate 13 min
  13. Tarras 27 min
  14. Cromwell 39 min
  15. Arrowtown 53 min
  16. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  17. Queenstown Airport 59 min
  18. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  19. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

Flights to Wānaka

Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.

How to get to Wanaka