Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Te Anau

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#5 of 10 in Nature in Southland Region
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Marvel at towering peaks, glacial gorges, and countless deep lakes at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), the largest preserve of its kind in the nation. The 14 fjords in the park, carved out during the Ice Age, are graced by waterfalls, forested hills, and imposing rock faces throughout. Grab some comfortable shoes and hit the path along one of the park's many hiking trails, exploring stands of lush forest and rugged alpine stretches along your way. Keep your eyes peeled as you delve into the park for some of the area's diverse wildlife, including seals, dolphins, deer, kiwi birds, takahes, and the kakapo, an extremely rare species of flightless parrot. With our world travel planner, Te Anau attractions like Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This park is on the way to Milford sound and it's really worth all the time you can spend. Most tourist buses try to hurry up in this area. Unless you drive, it's hard to spend time here.  more »
  • We spent the day here. I thought that it was one of New Zealand's most stunning natural settings. It is the site of Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, dense forests, and the famous Homer Tunnel. It was one ...  more »
  • We were in Te Anau for two nights. Visit Mildford Sound (accessible by car and then boat). Missed time to Doubtful Sound. (Only by boat and travel of more than 8:00 roundtrip) You will need two full days.
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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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