Things to do in Fiordland National Park

Top Things to Do in Fiordland National Park

Things to Do in Fiordland National Park


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  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic6,340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend to book your boat ride enough of time in advance, so you secure your place and don't stress out at the last minute. The boat ride takes about 2 hours and it's commented ride with a few stops at the waterfalls or the rocks with seals at the place.
    Count with a long driving time to get to the place and then to get back. So if you travel from Queenstown, leave early in the morning.
    There is a very lovely flower field on the way to the place/back that I recommend to stop at and take a few photos with the flowers. You will see a lot of people around, so you shouldn't miss the place.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • Rhys P
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having now experienced the overnight cruise on one of the of the larger ships and now with Fiordland Expeditions I can honestly say that although I enjoyed our first trip this was definitely better! The crew were so friendly, we went fishing and caught and ate lobster. The kayaking was great. Just not enough superlatives to use!
    Many thanks to all the crew for making this an unforgettable experience.
    Written 26 February 2024
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  • Rookie Ching Chong
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guide was wonderful. The Te Anau caves are noticeably smaller than the Waitomo caves, but still amazing - both the glowworms in the dark and the underground waterfalls. Boat ride across the lake is a bonus.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a day last week cruising the Fiordland National Park, including Milford, Thompson, Doubtful , Dusky Sounds, aboard Royal Princess.

    A park ranger provided expert & entertaining commentary during the day, at appropriate times which certainly added to the enjoyment and education.

    We were blessed with sunshine at times and managed to get through the day without any rain.

    For those looking to do a similar cruise and, who like me wondered if it would be a cursory taste of the area, be assured that this was a day packed with unbelievable sights, an in depth educational guide, all from the comfort of your balcony or any of the public spaces, indoors & out on the decks. A relaxing & comfortable day of scenic cruising.
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Scott F
    Minneapolis, MN54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The entire lake and town area is a lot of fun and worth spending one or two nights there. If you’re going to Milford sound. Taking a bus from Queenstown is dumb so don’t be dumb. Unless you like sitting on your butt for eight hours.
    Written 13 November 2023
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  • 123Alison456
    Cromwell, New Zealand16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely incredible trip 3 nights and 4 days. The weather made it challenging with 75-85km winds and rain that stung from Luxmore Hut to Irisburn but it added to the trip. You just have to be prepared for all weather.
    Loved every second of it and would do it again
    Written 7 April 2023
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  • Emma W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just finished the 4-day independent walk - spectacular!

    One main thing I wanted to mention is that the huts all had menstrual product disposal bins - something I was very pleased to find. I hadn’t seen anything about this when searching “what on earth do I do if I have my period while on Milford Track??” 😂😂 so tampons and pads can be left in the bins provided and not carried out 👍👍

    Also - if you know you will have good weather it IS possible to do the walk in sneakers. For complicated reasons (bad shoe purchases) I walked the entire trail in sneakers with a good inner sole. No problems although if it was rainy it would probably be too slippery. Bottoms of feet get sore so inner soles were a life saver.

    I think those are the only things I can add to the lengthy reviews and tips here. Have a great walk!
    Written 4 April 2022
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  • Paul B
    Chesterfield, UK1,661 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A short stroll from the main highway these Mirror Lakes are certainly worth a brief stop while you are on your way to or from Milford Sound. The reflections are excellent
    Written 15 January 2024
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  • ACisco
    Sydney, Australia45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Milford Sound. Definitely a "bucket list" experience. An amazing wilderness fjord that has cliffs that go straight down in to the water to more than 200m. As it's open to the ocean, you will see seals, and dolphins/porpoises. During the wet season, there are magnificent waterfalls plummeting 100m to the ocean. The tour boat rides are excellent, and you will be on the water for around 2-3 hours. The only access to Milford is via a single road that goes through the mountain range. Also spectacular during the wet season with water falls. Best way to get to Milford is to stay the previous night in Te Anau and then drive in the morning for 90minutes, otherwise you will have to drive from Queenstown for 5-6 hours as the roads are winding and narrow making it very slow. But definitely go to Milford if you're on the south island.
    Written 12 April 2023
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  • AJ
    San Francisco, CA69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning. Incredible. One of my top hikes from a month long trip. We magically caught a clear afternoon and oh that view from the top, wow. This is such a fun hike. Waterfalls, flowers, views, snow! We enjoyed scrambling up the rocks and trekking up to the snow. The track is well marked with the orange marker posts and we found it easy to follow. A good challenge with a worth the efforts view -both at the top and along the way. Would be tricky and potentially unsafe in the rain/wet with the slick and steep rocks. We saw a good amount of people on the trail. The lot was full when we arrived. But it never felt too crowded and you had space to enjoy and go your pace.
    Written 29 December 2023
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  • AJ
    San Francisco, CA69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous! We went in late November. We caught a magic sunny day in the area. This track is a fun adventure. The first section is more traditional trail. Mostly flat. There is a lovely section of river cascades that you could stop at for a shorter walk. We saw many doing so. The track turns into more rock scramble and adventure from there. It was muddy in sections-shoes with some waterproofing or resistance are great for this. We enjoyed climbing the rocks. And it’s a beautiful forest walk. The lake is lovely. Give yourself time to take it in and enjoy. Just a note: there is not a sign along the road that say Lake Marian. It is the signs for Hollyford Road that you want to take note of. Just after the divide/Key Summit parking area if going in towards Milford.
    Written 29 December 2023
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  • crusty582016
    Buckinghamshire, UK29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wanted to get under the skin of New Zealand away from the tourist spots. This experience delivered in spade fulls. The 2 guides were brilliant, both good talkers and story tellers and knew their subject inside out. They kept the group together and nothing was too much to ask. The 2 overnight stays at the lodges were excellent with excellent food and a chance to unwind with a beer and chat to new friends. The group members also made it it special, a really good bunch. If you want a good walk (or 3 ) in good company then this is it. A thoroughly enjoyable time in beautiful settings, good company and great staff. Thank you!
    Written 23 January 2023
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