Some of New Zealand's most wild and dramatic scenery can be found in the Fiordland National Park - Te Wāhipounamu (Place of the Greenstone); a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the world's largest national parks featuring 14 spectacular fiords reaching up to 40 kilometres inland. Enjoy your visit by staying in Te Anau and exploring from the comfort of your luxurious accommodation in Fiordland.
The Te Anau township is nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau, one of the largest inland lakes in New Zealand. Lake Te Anau township is recognised as the gateway to the fiords.
Visitors to Te Anau can choose from a wide range of activities including scenic flights, launch cruises, sea kayaking, diving, cycling, fresh water and ocean fishing and natural history tourism. Rivers and streams around Te Anau offer some of the finest trout fishing to be found anywhere. For the scientific minded, Fiordland encapsulates all facets of biodiversity.
Fiordland World Heritage Area
Fiordland National Park is around 1.2 million hectares in size. Geoligically speaking it is a young landscape which makes it all the more dramatic. It is largely untouched as human access is quite limited by its steep mountains and deep valleys. Some of the most wild and dramatic scenery in New Zealand is found in Fiordland. It is one of the largest national parks in the world featuring 14 spectacular fiords reaching up to 40 kilometres inland.
Walking in Fiordland
Iconic hiking trails – The Milford, Kepler, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks have given this area the reputation of being The Walking Capital of the World. Come and stay with us and either visit the tracks for a day hike or use us as a base for a longer walking trip.
Winding north from Te Anau, the road to Milford Sound is one of the most dramatic alpine drives in the world. Access to the outer fiords by vessel or helicopter gives you the opportunity to experience a wilderness which is home to many unique native species and unrivalled scenery.
Relax and recuperate... or get out and active.
Fiordland is breath taking. And even from behind glass you can enjoy it and be amazed. But to truly experience Fiordland, Milford and Doubtful you should get out and into it.
Things to Do
It is always a little difficult to think of things for other people to do; what we find usual and mundane might just be the highlight of your trip. But here are a few things to whet the appetite:
From horse riding to quad-biking and golf to jet-boats, Te Anau has its share of active things to do.
You can also explore Lake Manapouri in a hire kayak or take an organized trip on Milford or Doubtful. Fiordland Wilderness experiences have longer trips on Doubtful or day trips on Milford.
The trail from Lake Te Anau to Manapouri (the Lake to Lake trail) has opportunities for cycling and walking with hire cycles and trips available from Bike Fiordland and Wild Rides.
For those of you wanting a more relaxing time the fishing here is regarded as some of the finest in the world. Parts of Fiordland may not yield you a fish but that will be because you were too busy looking at the view!