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FIORDLAND REGION

 

fiordland gives new zealand its greatest environmental test:
can this fragile, unique region be the nation's biggest attraction
and not become overwhelmed by the pressures of tourism?

ABOVE: SIGHTSEEING BOAT ON MILFORD SOUND photo: TOURISM HOLDINGS-NZ TOURISM

Experience a Unique Landscape:
FIORDLAND

Pristine habitat where parrots meet penguins. Here famed walking
tracks venture to where the ocean reaches into the Southern Alps.

 

Attractions in Fiordland: Fiordland National Park protects one of the world's unique habitats—where deep, clean fingers of the Tasman Sea and Southern Ocean invade the 10,000 foot high Southern Alps. This is a land of unexpected juxtaposition: jungles, oceans, and snowcaps; penguins and parrots; environmental conservation and major tourism. Of course Fiordland is listed as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Most people come to Fiordland for one or both of the two Milfords: Milford Sound and the Milford Track. But many leave having discovered something else: the modern challenge of eco-tourism—protecting the most fragile of environments while sharing its rich treasures with the world.
          Many visitors also discover that parts of Fiordland are among the world's rainiest

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, Fiordland's--and New Zealand's--greatest attraction. NZ Tourism Photo.
Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, Fiordland's
and New Zealand's greatest attraction.

NZ Tourism Photo

places, and that Fiordland's swarms of sand-

 

flies love tourists. But wet weather and bug bites discourage few from pressing on.  Here's a partial listing of local activities that keep travelers from around the world making pilgrimages to the far southwestern corner of New Zealand's South Island:

Tour bus near Milford Sound on Rt. 94. Photo NZ Tourism.
Rte. 94 descending the Cleddau
Valley to Milford Sound.

EXPLORING FIORDLAND BY CAR/BUS: For visitors,
   all Fiordland roads ultimately lead to the
   water's edge at Milford Sound. Highway 94
   travels north 60 miles from Te Anau town to
   Milford Sound, paralleling Lake Te Anau,
   passing the trailheads of the Routeburn and
   Hollyford Tracks before descending out of the
   Darran Mountains via the rough-hewn Homer
   Tunnel from alpine conditions to sea-level at
   Milford Sound.


NZ Tourism Photo

 

EXPLORING FIORDLAND BY BOAT: Visitors to Milford Sound can join any of several cruise boats for trips onto the fjord lasting from an hour to overnight. Day cruisers also sail Lake Te Anau: some take walkers to the trailhead of the Milford Track. An unusual cruise-bus-cruise combination takes visitors across Lake Manapouri by boat, across the Wilmot Pass by bus, then onto Doubtful Sound for day or overnight cruises.

Hikers board boat on Lake Te Anau for 90-minute cruise to Milford Track trailhead. Photo  Home At First.
Hikers board boat on Lake Te Anau for
90-minute cruise to Milford Track trailhead.

Photo HOME AT FIRST 

 

Swing bridges keep hikers dry on New Zealand's "Great Walks", like this one on the Routeburn Track. Photo  Home At First.
Swing bridge on the Routeburn Track.
Photo HOME AT FIRST 

EXPLORING FIORDLAND ON FOOT: Fiordland is the
regions where several of New Zealand's Great Walks are located. Four of these "tracks"  
Milford, Routeburn, Hollyford, and Kepler   require multiple days to be experienced in their entirety. However, guests with limited time, energy, or funds can get a glimpse of each of these walks by taking day hikes: commercially organized or on their own.

   

EXPLORING FIORDLAND BY AIR: Numerous
   flight-seeing options enable visitors to see
   the varied terrain of Fiordland from the air
   by helicopter or small, fixed wing aircraft.
   Long-distance walkers of the Hollyford
   Track have an option of flying out from
   Martin's Bay to Milford Sound.

Cessna 180 awaiting passengers from the Hollyford Track at the Martin's Bay airstrip cut out of the dense rain forest. Photo  Home At First.
Cessna 180 awaiting passengers from the
Hollyford Track at the Martin's Bay airstrip
cut out of the dense rain forest.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

   

The Kingston Flyer takes on water before steaming from Kingston to Fairlight and back. Photo  Home At First.

Activities in Fiordland: Hiking the Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, Greenstone, and Hollyford Tracks. Cruising the region's great fiords: Milford, Doubtful and Dusky. Riding the Kingston Flyer, one of the last great legacies of New Zealand's glorious national steam narrow-gauge rail system.

The Kingston Flyer takes on water before
steaming from Kingston to Fairlight and back.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

   

Lodgings: Top quality bed and breakfast lodgings in Te Anau, the largest town and activity center for Fiordland. See 2 sample lodgings here:
Te Anau Guesthouse
          Te Anau Lodge

Home At First's Te Anau Guesthouse
provides comfortable lodgings and a
convenient location for touring and
activities in Fiordland.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

Home At First's Te Anau Guesthouse provides comfortable lodgings and a convenient location for touring and activities in Fiordland. Photo  Home At First.

   

Visitors to Fiordland may meet the mischievous kea alpine parrot at parking points near the Homer Tunnel and huts and other gathering points along the high walks of Fiordland. Photo  Home At First.

Getting around Fiordland: Use of a rental car is essential here. Except for occasional bottlenecks at the historic Homer Tunnel near Milford, roads in Fiordland are usually lightly traveled.

Visitors to Fiordland may meet the
mischievous kea alpine parrot at
parking points near the Homer Tunnel
and huts and other gathering points
along the great walks of Fiordland.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

   

Getting to/from Fiordland: Home At First guests arrive in Fiordland by rental car, normally coming south and west from Queenstown in 2.5-3 hours. Most depart Te Anau for Queenstown, or further northeast to Mt. Cook/Lake Tekapo in 5-6 scenic hours, or east 3-4.5 hours to Dunedin.

Fiordland crested penguins nest and breed in
caves and undergrowth where the rain forest
and the sea come together in Fiordland.
Photo HOME AT FIRST

Fiordland crested penguins nest and breed in caves and undergrowth where the rain forest and the sea come together in Fiordland. Photo Gilbert van Reenen - NZ Tourism.
Fiordland crested penguins.
Photo Gilbert van Reenen - NZ Tourism

 

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