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Milford Experience Scenic Tour (return from Queenstown)

Milford Experience Scenic Tour (return from Queenstown)

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from NZ $200 per person

A day excursion to one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Enjoy a spectacular day in the Fiordland World Heritage Park culminating with a cruise of famous Milford Sound. More...

Milford Sound Scenic Tour and Cruise (from Queenstown)

Milford Sound Scenic Tour and Cruise (from Queenstown)

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from NZ $233.00 per adult

Milford Sound is today frequently referred to as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Discover ancient forest, stunning waterfalls and towering mountain peaks on your full day tour from Queenstown to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Take an unforgettable cruise aboard a Milford Sound Red Boat to experience the heart-stopping, pristine scenery, towering peaks, waterfalls and marine and bird life! More...

Discover Milford Sound: Coach + Cruise + Scenic Flight (from Queenstown)

Discover Milford Sound: Coach + Cruise + Scenic Flight (from Queenstown)

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from NZ $628.00 per adult

Leave Queenstown and visit Milford Sound for the day. Traveling by coach, boat and plane, highlights of the tour include, Te Anau, Eglinton Valley - ancient alpine beech forest, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound Red Boat Cruise and a Milford Sound Scenic Flight. More...

17-Day Kiwi Explorer

17-Day Kiwi Explorer

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $3018.52 per person

Arrive at Auckland Airport on Day 1, transfer to your accommodation and settle in. Visit the Waitomo Caves on Day 2 to marvel at shimmering glow worms. Set foot on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie sets on Day 3. Visit Taupo on Day 4 and Napier on Days 5-6 for a fun-filled wine-tasting afternoon. Continue your trip to Wellington on Days 7-8 with free time to explore the city. Arrive to Nelson on Days 9-10 for a relaxing sailing trip on the pristine waters of the Abel Tasman followed by a... More...

Milford Sound Scenic Tour and Cruise (from Te Anau)

Milford Sound Scenic Tour and Cruise (from Te Anau)

Day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from NZ $158.00 per adult

Beech rainforests, towering mountains and stunning waterfalls - this is the spectacular Milford Sound. Discover the wonders of this World Heritage listed area. Journey through the Upper Hollyford Valley and Homer Tunnel, pass through the Cleddau Valley before taking a cruise on the deep waters of Milford Sound. More...

Spacer When to Go
The weather in Fiordland is never that miserable that there’s no point going to Fiordland. Fiordland is an amazing place whatever the weather, in fact winter days are often clearer and finer, and the least rain falls during this period. However, Te Anau is busier during the summer months (especially around Christmas) when the population of Te Anau can swell to around 10,000. It is best to book ahead if you plan to visit Te Anau or Fiordland during this time.

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You can fly to Te Anau with Air New Zealand Link, Ansett, Air Fiordland and Waterwings Airways. Aircraft range in size from Boeing 737’s, which service Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin and the new ATR 72’s which service Invercargill and Te Anau.

Alternatively, consider the option of flying to Invercargill airport on a domestic airline and then driving north to Te Anau. Invercargill airport is serviced more regularly than local airports in Fiordland.

Domestic Airlines servicing Invercargill Airport:
- Air New Zealand
- Ansett Air

Fiordland also has a number of businesses that offer scenic flights over Fiordland and the Te Anau area and offer transport for hunters and trampers.

Airport Locations in Fiordland:
Manapouri Airport (17 kilometres from Te Anau)
Te Anau Airstrip (3 kilometres from Te Anau)

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Access to Te Anau - the main centre of Fiordland - can be reached by an easy drive on good roads from any of the major cities of the South Island.
Road conditions are excellent, with all major routes being sealed and well signed. Petrol stations are easy to find, usually on the outskirts of small towns and towards the centre of most towns and cities.
When coming to Fiordland, look for the Visitor Information Network ’i’s when needing information about the area you are traveling through. Failing that most dairy’s (shops selling food and snacks), convenience stores and petrol stations are happy to help a traveler find their way!

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There are daily bus services from all of the major centres of the South Island connecting with Te Anau.

Christchurch - Dunedin - Te Anau: Intercity
Christchurch - Queenstown: Atomic Shuttle
Queenstown - Te Anau: Topline Tours (Door to Door)
Invercargill - Te Anau: Spitfire Shuttle (Door to Door Passenger Service) (departs Invercargill 1.00pm) via Riverton, Tuatapere, Manapouri. Connects with: Lake Hauroko Tours (Dusky Track, Hump Track)

Spacer Routes to Fiordland
There are two main routes to Te Anau (the main centre of Fiordland):
Traveling west from Queenstown and Dunedin
North from Invercargill through central Southland

Distances and traveling times from each of the main cities are given in the table below. Take your own time and drive here by car or, relax on a bus tour.

Distances and Times Km Time
Te Anau to Milford Sound 120 2 hours 30 minutes
Queenstown to Te Anau 170 2 hours 45 minutes
Dunedin to Te Anau 290 4 hours 15 minutes
Invercargill to Te Anau 159 2 hours
Dunedin to Queenstown 285 4 hours 15 minutes
Te Anau to Christchurch 650 7 hours 30 minutes
Franz Josef to Te Anau 560 7 hours
Wanaka to Te Anau 270 4 hours

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