Fiordland National Park is part of Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage. We would like to share our experiences and help you to discover the beauty of Fiordland.
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We LOVE Fiordland and this is why we chose to live here. One of the biggest national parks in the world, the 12,120 square kilometres of Fiordland National Park provides a playground to cater to every level of your adventuring inclinations and abilities. The entire area is virtually uninhabited with only few human built structures intruding into the wilderness.
Fiordland's history and people
Here we are covering less known interesting information about Fiordland's history and people
Self Drive Itinerary tailored just for you
Do you prefer to drive your own or a rental car? We can prepare a self drive tour tailored just for you. Fiordland has so much to offer. We know majority of local services and know their pros and cons. According to your wishes and expectations we will offer you the best options to ensure you get the experience you want. We can create an itinerary to suit you - perfectly.
What to do in and around Fiordland?
There are many activities in Fiordland and the surrounding area, some are well hidden.
Walking and tramping
Landscape and nature photography
Quad bikes rides
Relax and rejuvenate
Volunteering in the national park
Dining - enjoying local venison and crayfish
Visit local cinema and museum
Where the name Fiordland comes from?
Do you know that the commonly acknowledged version of naming Fiordland is misleading?
Fiordland was named after three arms of Lake Te Anau - South Fiord, Middle Fiord and North Fiord. It is a common misconception that Fiordland was named after fiords. At that time they were known as sounds, so perhaps the region would be called Soundland?
Thanks to Scandinavians we have the word “fjord”. Fjord comes from the Old Norse word fjǫrthr meaning “to travel across”.
Roads inside Fiordland National Park
Townships of Te Anau and Manapouri are regarded as the gateways to Fiordland. Milford Highway SH94 is the only tar sealed road leading into the park providing vital access to Milford Sound / Piopiotahi - the most famous fiord regarded by famed British writer Rudyard Kipling as an 8th Wonder of the World.
Trampers, packrafters and hunters are using Hollyford Road, a 17km road, the only existing part of never finished Milford - Haast Highway.
The land locked road over Wilmot Pass connects Deep Cove of Doubtful Sound and West Arm of Lake Manapouri. Nowadays the road is used by tourists to get to Doubtful Sound for day or multi-day cruises. Inside of the mountains near the West Arm the biggest New Zealand hydro power station was completed in 1971. Thanks to the power station a gravel road was constructed over the Borland Saddle servicing power lines leading to Bluff. Nowadays this is a popular route for adventure cyclists and for trampers accessing the Hunter Mountains.
Lakes Monowai and Hauroko are also accessible by a gravel road.