Te Anau Fiordland Milford & Doubtful Sounds
Dramatic, rugged and remote the Fiordland Region
contains the Fiordland National Park that covers more than 1.25
million hectares. Access is by just a few roads and walking tracks –
not surprising that the Takahe, one of New Zealand’s intriguing
flightless birds, remained hidden here and thought to be extinct for
more that 50 years, before being re-discovered in 1948. Some captive
Takahe (part of the species management program) can be seen at the
wildlife enclosure on the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Highlights for visitors to Fiordland include Milford Sound and
Doubtful Sound that can be visited as day trips, or you can
overnight on a Real Journey’s Overnight Cruise. Enjoy
spectacular scenery and wildlife spotting (watch for Fiordland
Crested Penguins, Bottle Nosed Dolphins, New Zealand Fur seals, Blue
Penguins & Dusky Dolphins). Choose from a Milford Sound Overnight
Cruise or a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise. For day
trippers you can travel to Milford and experience a day time scenic
or Nature Cruise, or take the full day excursion for a
Doubtful Sound Day Trip.
When travelling to Milford Sound take time to experience some of the
many short walks and photo stops along the way and to appreciate the
fantastic feat of engineering that the road itself represents.
For a more active expedition there are day and multi day hikes into
wilderness areas on the Milford Track, Hollyford Track, and
The main accommodation base for trips to Milford Sound and Doubtful
Sound is Te Anau, located 21kms from Manapouri, the departure point
for Doubtful Sound, and 120kms from Milford Sound. Day trips also
operate from Queenstown by coach, or can be combined with flight
options to reduce travelling time. At Te Anau you will find the
departure point for trips to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves that
are accessed via a boat trip across Lake Te Anau.
See Self drive
Queenstown to Milford Sound