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Fiordland National Park

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Fiordland National Park, established as a full national park in 1952, occupies the southwest corner of the South Island and is by far the largest of the 13 national parks in the country. This is the land of towering snow-covered peaks, long lakes, and deep fiords, mostly inaccessible.

Most visitors to the park visit Milford Sound, driving via the incredibly scenic highway from Te Anau. Doubtful Sound, is also viable, but you’ll have to join a tour from Manapouri.

The park has a large range of popular walking tracks, from short walks to multi-day challenges like the 54km Milford Track.

The NP is part of Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area - this spectacular 2.6 million hectare area encompasses Westland Tai Poutini, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks.

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Fiordland National Park

Fiordland NP Hiking Tracks

Te Anau to Milford Road

Doubtful Sound / Patea

Spectacular Fiordland scenery

Fiordland NP Visitor Centre

A gold mine of information in Te Anau

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi)

Make sure to take a cruise on the fiord!

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Jocelyn Kinghorn