South Island, NZ

Fiordland and Te Anau – Things to do

Fiordland and Te Anau Attractions

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is a spectacular stretch of world heritage landscape full of mountains and luscious valleys, sparkling lakes and ancient forests. The park stretches out over 1.2 million hectares and includes protected plants and wildlife, including flightless birds, parrots and more. In the rivers you’ll find native fish and New Zealand jade (pounamu) as well as crystal clear waters perfect for kayaking.

Milford Sound

This pristine stretch of clear, deep waters is home to emerald green rainforests, thundering waters and spectacular wildlife. The only fiord in New Zealand, it remains unspoilt thanks to its UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a boat trip, kayak or even scuba dive through the fiord where you can see seals, dolphins, penguins and even rare black coral reefs.

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

Take a boat across Lake Te Anau to the extensive network of caves which date back over 12,000 years. Created by the river and offering a unique combination of swirling shapes, you can wander through the caves or take a boat ride and admire the spectacular glow worms as they twinkle on the ceilings.

Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Anau is the second largest lake in New Zealand and is surrounded by three fiords and beautiful hills. It’s ideal for those wanting to try water sports, including kayaking trips and boat trips. The local wildlife centre is home to protected local bird species, including kaka, wood pigeons, parakeets, takahe and weka, where you can learn about these unique animals and the dangers which face them.