Fiordland National Park located in South West New Zealand is the largest national park in New Zealand covering encompassing nearly 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres).
Well known regions within the Fiordland and World Heritage area include:
Much of Fiordland National Park is inaccessible by road, however, the Milford Road, considered to be one of the finest alpine drives in the world, provides access to spectacular Milford Sound. At the mountainous northern end of the national park and is renowned for Mitre Peak, Milford Sound is home to a number of marine mammals including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguins. The image of mile high Mitre Peak soaring above its sheltered waters has been an icon of New Zealand’s wild and scenic character for the best part of a century.
Doubtful Sound lies at the geographic heart of Fiordland and is the second most accessible and visited fiord in Fiordland National Park. The cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove to access the fiord represents a journey through a magnificent cross-section of wilderness. Three times longer than Milford Sound and ten times larger, Doubtful Sound is known not only for its breathtaking scenery, but also for its abundant wildlife - bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
Te Anau, a 2.5-hour scenic drive from Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Te Anau (the largest lake in the South Island of New Zealand), and represents the gateway to Fiordland National Park. This attractive township has a full range of accommodation options, a variety of restaurants, retail outlets and other services.