Site Search:

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland is the name for the southwestern region of the South Island, most of which is covered by the Fiordland National Park. It is the largest national park in NZ (1,251,924 ha) and one of the largest in the world. It was established as 'Sounds National Park' in 1952 and given its present name in 1955.

The spectacular fiords along the coast of this corner of the South Island are awesomely beautiful and have been written about by writers from many parts of the world, especially Milford Sound with its spectacular Mitre Peak. The region is rugged and isolated but the Homer Tunnel, opened in 1953, gives road access from the Upper Hollyford Valley through to Milford Sound.

The park includes Lake Manapouri, Lake Te Anau, Sutherland Falls and the Milford Track (once described by writer, Blanche Baughan, as 'the finest walk in the world'). Certain areas within the park contain indigenous flora and fauna of such significance that access is by permit only. Other areas have been classified as 'wilderness' (access by foot only), 'natural environment' (to remain predominantly as they are but with bridges and huts available) and 'facilities areas' (where controlled development is allowed). There are tourist hotels at Manapouri, Te Anau and Milford Sound, and other accommodation facilities, from motels to huts to camping sites, at many places through the park.

Things to do in Fiordland National Park:

  • Go sea kayaking around one of the fiords
  • Go kayaking on Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri
  • Walk the world famous Milford track
  • Take a cruise on Milford Sound to see Mitre Peak, waterfalls and sea life.
  • See the underwater life from the observatory

Reviews / Comments for Fiordland National Park

Rating Averages


If you are in Te Anau for a day or two do the doubtful Sound cruise. Take the drive up to Milford and check out the views. The drive is almost the best part of the trip to Milford. You get the classic views of the sound from the foreshore. The cruise in Doubtful is great, as you see Lake Manapouri and then you spend three hours in the sound. In Milford you only get around 2 hours. It is a little more expensive, but this is what was recommended to us, and as we just came from there, this is what we would recommend to others.

Did you find this review useful? +1


Fiordland offers a vast variety of walking tracks for the half day adventurer to the week long epic. Amazing scenery and awesome times to be had, go get lost there, i did.

Did you find this review useful? +1

Developed by Wetstone Technologies