Fiordland is picture postcard New Zealand: all soaring mountains, rugged landscapes and stunning lakes. Within Fiordland you will find some of New Zealand’s finest attractions like the fiord hewn sounds, including the popular and impressive Milford Sound and the less accessible, but breathtaking, Doubtful Sound.

This is some of the most dramatic landscape in New Zealand and since  it is almost uninhabited by humans, the area is a haven for wildlife. The mountains house forest birds while the lakes and sounds are home to penguins, seals, sea lions, dolphins and the occasional whale.

There are many great walks in the area; the best-known is the Milford Walk which takes you, over four days, from the head of Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. Other walks include the Routeburn and Keplar tracks. Other activities include fishing, kayaking, diving and horse riding.

Practical Info

Fiordland is the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island. The jumping off points for exploring are usually the townships of Te Anau and Manapouri. The nearest big cities are Queenstown and Invercargill.

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 Reviews

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days

From USD $184.80

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $160.84

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 83 Reviews

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

From USD $40.38

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

From USD $53.39

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

From USD $108.14

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days

From USD $237.50

Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $30.80

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown

Location: Te Anau, concludes Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

From USD $140.31

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