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Useful Information

Location

Fiordland is located on the South West coast of the South

Island of New Zealand. The townships of Te Anau and

Manapouri are the closest to Milford and Doubtful Sounds and

provide the main accommodation, restaurants and services

within Fiordland and are the perfect bases from which to visit

world renowned Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

Weather

Fiordland’s unique character is a result of the enormous

natural power of water. Glaciers created the rugged landscape

by carving out the sheer faces of the fiords and gouging valley

floors to form lakes.

Water remains a main element of the beauty of the area -

lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, lush rainforest and stunning

fiords. Fiordland often looks its best after a heavy downpour

and it is recommended to bring sensible clothing for cool

and wet weather to fully appreciate your stay. In summer,

Fiordland’s temperatures can soar, so sunsceen is a must as

the region’s clear air means the sun can be severe and burn

time is short.

Driving Times from Te Anau

Times allow for comfort stops but not sightseeing en route.

MILFORD

2 ½ hrs SH 94

MANAPOURI

20 mins SH 95

INVERCARGILL 2 ¼ hrs SH 94

INVERCARGILL 3 hrs Southern Scenic Route

DUNEDIN

4 ¼ hrs SH 94 + SH 1

CHRISTCHURCH 9 hrs SH 94 + SH 6

QUEENSTOWN 2 ½ hrs SH 94 + SH 6

Getting To, From & Around Fiordland

Self-drive

Access to Te Anau is via State Highways 6 & 94 from

Queenstown, State Highways 1 & 94 from Dunedin, or via

Invercargill and the Southern Scenic Route. It should be

noted that the highways travel through diverse terrain and

spectacular scenery that should not be rushed.

Often travellers do not allow enough time for the drive to

Te Anau, and do not realise that Milford Sound is a 2 ½ hour

drive from Te Anau, so if you are planning your journey be

sure to allow enough time to enjoy it.

By Bus & Coach

A range of companies provide bus & coach services to

Fiordland from Queenstown, Invercargill, Dunedin etc. Pop

into any information centre for an up-to-date timetable and

list of service providers or visit

www.fiordland.org.nz

.

Coach & Cruise

The best way to experience Milford Sound is by coach and

cruise from Te Anau. Leave the car behind let someone else

do the driving. You’ll have time to truly soak up the scenery