One of the most special places in New Zealand, when it comes to things to do and see in Fiordland, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For lovers of untouched natural beauty, Fiordland is paradise. We’ve lived in Te Anau for over 20 years (we love the place!) Here are some special local tips on what to see and do on your Fiordland holiday.
What to do in Fiordland
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
Take a short boat cruise to the Western Shores of Lake Te Anau to explore these ancient, glow-worm studded caves. This is an awesome morning or afternoon trip. In addition to the glow-worms and caves, there are whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.
Day walk the Kepler Track or Routeburn Track
Fiordland has got to be one of the most rewarding places to explore on foot. While there are three Great Walks in the region, if you can’t fit in a multi-day walk, no worries – there are plenty of day walk options. From Te Anau, drive the Milford Road to the Divide and walk up to Key Summit on the Routeburn Track (the views are out of this world!)
Or, you might want to consider the Kepler – slightly more easygoing, you can begin this day walk on the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Explore Milford Sound
Without a doubt the star of the show in Fiordland, no visit is complete to this corner of the world without experiencing the magic that is Milford Sound. Keep in mind that the Milford Road is just as stunning as the destination itself – so, if you’re driving, leave plenty of time for exploring and photos en-route. Definitely allow a whole day to make the most of it.
Things to do once you arrive in Milford Sound:
- Guided Kayak tour
- Boat cruises
- Milford Track guided day walk
Explore Doubtful Sound
Less well known than Milford Sound, Doubtful is known as the ‘Sound of Silence’ – many say the only noise you can hear once you arrive is the sound of birdsong and waterfalls. It’s a little trickier to get to than Milford Sound as it’s more remote not directly accessible by road – you’ll need to drive to Manapouri, then take a boat trip across the lake to take a coach over the Wilmot Pass to read the Sound. Embrace the adventure – it’s definitely worth it!