Fiordland and the magnificent glaciers of the South Island are both high up on the must do list of places to see. This unique part of New Zealand is rich in natural beauty and awe inspiring scenery. There truly is a photo around every corner as you travel through the destinations of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park, Fox Glacier and Franz Joseph Glacier.
The pretty town of Te Anau is the best base from which to start your Fiordland adventure. Milford Sound is 2 ½ hours drive away and Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound are only another 20 minutes further by coach. Westland accommodation can be found in Te Anau and Manapouri in a range of styles including hotels, motels, lodges and intimate boutique stays. Budget accommodation is available at Holiday parks and backpackers while home and farm stays provide the quintessential New Zealand holiday.
Te Anau also has excellent dining options and good shopping. Fiordland and Glacier tours are the most popular way to see the region and with good reason. This is one of the places in New Zealand you will definitely get the most out of travelling with an experienced guide. Boat cruises and charters, kayak adventures and guided walks are the best tours to take for those visiting Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound while a trip to the glaciers is best experienced by scenic flight or a stay in the villages of Fox Glacier and Franz Glacier.
Fiordland and Glaciers cruises and scenic flights depart on a regular basis but are usually subject to the weather which can change at any time. There are masses of attractions and activities in Fiordland and around the Glaciers including tours of the glowworm caves, mountain bike tours, jet boating, fishing, quad biking, birdwatching, hunting and night sky watching. The Fiordland and Glacier area has some of the clearest skies in the world and can produce some stunning light shows.
Walking tracks around Fiordland are a major drawcard including the famous Routeburn Track, Hollyford Track and Milford track. Attractions such as picturesque Mitre Peak, the alpine flowers of Gertrude Saddle in summer and the Sutherland Falls on the Milford track are sure to imprint a permanent photograph into your mind of this stunning landscape. The glaciers of Fox and Franz Joseph are in the Westland National Park on the West Coast. Take a guided tour from Fox Glacier or Franz Joseph to walk across these amazing feats of nature. Fiordland and the Glaciers will leave you with memories of New Zealand you will never forget.