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Fiordland N.P.
Travel Planning
Fiordland N.P.

Fiordland National Park at a Glance

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand's most treasured natural spaces. Rock cliffs, deep fjords and thick forests make for unforgettable scenery. Parts of this beautiful area were filmed to be the backdrop of the Lord of the Rings movies. 

Hiking from cabin to cabin on multi-day expeditions can be one of the park's highlights. Negotiate the beautiful scenery on foot and then spend the night in relative comfort with various other hikers. Famous walks like the Milford Track take you past glacial lakes, fields of wildflowers and dramatic mountain views.

If hiking isn't your thing, consider kayaking or even overnight cruises in the area's lakes and sounds. Dolphins, seals and fish will jump out to great you. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade into the water from high above.

What to Expect
High Season
November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Regional Airport Invercargill Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      European, American and Canadian residents do not need visas to visit New Zealand if their visit will be for less than three months. All travelers must have a valid passport with at least one page available for stamping. Travelers can learn more by contacting the Embassy of New Zealand. American travelers can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Te Anau Buses
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Don't underestimate New Zealand's changing weather. Strong winds buffet the country and will bring rain and snow quite suddenly. During the winter the weather can be quite windy and clammy cold. 

      Safety Concerns Don't leave valuables in your car especially when it is parked at trail heads or other tourist-heavy destinations. In all cases, don't leave anything visible in the car seats as car break-ins are a problem. 

      Health Concerns: Travelers are usually most comfortable if they are wearing insect repellent. The mosquitoes can be vicious. Undertows and riptides are present at certain beaches. Ask around to find safe swimming spots.