Milford Sound, Te Anau

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Experience New Zealand's untouched wilderness by cruising Milford Sound, a fjord located within a World Heritage Site encompassing four national parks. Moved by the sight of rocky cliffs rising out of perfectly still water, writer Rudyard Kipling once described this fjord as the eighth wonder of the world. Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed mountains on the planet, towers over the sound. Most of the area's half a million annual visitors arrive by one of many bus tours from Queenstown offering easy access to this pristine natural world. Numerous operators also offer flights from Queenstown, drastically reducing transit time and giving you extra time for additional activities that day. If you're staying closer to the national park, you can reach the fjord by hiking a 50 km (31 mi) walking trail starting at Lake Te Anau. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Milford Sound and many more Te Anau attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Te Anau vacation generator.
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  • This is pristine nature at its best. A must visit for Southern islands and worth spending the whole day to study the history of Milford sound. The views are breathtaking and swoons all travelers off t...  more »
  • Was such an excellent experience! Saw lots of waterfalls and seals. Very informative. Great drive there too with many opportunities to stop along the way; just beware of the Kea birds that may attack ...  more »
  • I visited both Milford and Doubtful sound, and wasn't too sure what to expect - would it be more of the same thing? was it worth doing both? I'm glad to say they were both really unique experiences, a...  more »

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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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