Drive time: 2 hours (172km) to Te Anau from Queenstown Airport
Fiordland’s wild beauty, pristine environment, and outdoor experiences have earned it World Heritage status and a reputation as a must-see destination for anyone travelling to New Zealand.
Once described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of the fiords while a trip to Doubtful Sound offers a more remote wilderness experience. The alpine road into Milford Sound is itself a spectacular journey and there are plenty of options, including kayaking, boat cruises, scenic flights, diving or visiting the underwater observatory, to explore the environment and see dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat.
Fiordland National Park is a hiker’s paradise with more than 500km of tracks, including three of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” – the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn – and the scenic Hollyford and Greenstone tracks.
The pretty lakeside town of Te Anau provides the perfect base to explore the area with all the creature comforts you could wish for after days of trekking, sightseeing or adventuring. For more information visit www.fiordland.org.nz.