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Things to see & do in Fiordland - New Zealand

Milford Sound, New ZealandMilford Sound ..... Milford is the most well known of the fiords and the only one that has access by road. It seems almost sculptured with it's sheer cliffs rising up from the ocean and incredibly grand Mitre Peak. Wet or fine, Milford is breathtaking. You can discover the beautiful scenery of this famous fiord by foot, sea kayak, boat cruise or scenic flight.

Milford Deep Underwater Observatory ...... Enter the only Observatory in the world where you can view a beautiful subterranean world with deep-sea species in their natural surroundings below the surface of the fiord; quite different from the artificial environment of an aquarium.

Milford Track ..... Milford Track has been described as the finest walk in the world. Walker's on the Milford Track experience Fiordland at its most spectacular. Fine days provide postcard pictures and when it rains you will experience the true magic of the Milford Track with it's water cascading down the mountainsides. Other famous walking tracks in the region are Kepler, Hollyford and Routeburn Tracks. Guides are available for some tracks.

Lake Te Anau / Te Anau Caves ..... The township of Te Anau on the shores of the beautiful lake is an attractive resort town. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and second largest lake within New Zealand. Te Anau provide the Gateway’s to the Fiords, with access to both Milford and Doubtful Sound. An excellent base to explore the Fiordland area. The glowworm caves are also a well-known attraction accessible from Te Anau by regular scheduled launch. The delicate incandescence of blue-green shimmer thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.

Lake Manapouri ..... Twenty minutes from Te Anau is picturesque Lake Manapouri, a beautiful lake framed by the spectacular Cathedral Mountains. The township of Manapouri sits on the shores of the lake of the same name. Lake Manapouri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand, dipping to over 440 metres between Pomona Island. Pearl Harbour, adjacent to Manapouri township, is the gateway to the variety of activities on Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound. Launch trips on Doubtful Sound begin with a launch trip across Lake Manapouri to West Arm, a visit to the West Arm underground power station,  followed by a bus trip across the majestic Wilmot Pass into Deep Cove.

Doubtful Sound ..... Doubtful Sound is the deepest of all the fiords at 420m, and is the second longest fiord at 40 km long. There are three distinct arms off the main fiord and several outstanding waterfalls including the Browne Falls, cascading 619m to the fiord near the beautiful Hall Arm, and the Helena Falls at Deep Cove. Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguins can be seen on many of the small islets in the fiord.

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