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.
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.
2 ½ hrs SH 94
20 mins SH 95
INVERCARGILL 2 ¼ hrs SH 94
INVERCARGILL 3 hrs Southern Scenic Route
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
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 visitwww.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