The Fiordlands of the South Island are amongst some of the most amazing sights and scenery available to see in New Zealand. So much so that you will find the Fiordlands are extremely prominent in the local Maori’s legends. It is said that the Demi-god Tu-te-raki-whanoa carved out the Fiords with his adze Te Hamo. Few called the Fiordlands home but it was here that the Maori’s spent alot of their time gathering food.
It wasn’t until 1773 when Captain Cook found the Fiordlands that it was first discovered by Europeans. It wasn’t until the 19th century when the Fiordlands begun to be properly explored and inhabited.
Fiordlands have a cooler climate with summer days reaching a maximum of 23 (C) and Winter days dropping to 5 (C). Being in the Southern Hemisphere summer runs through the months of December, January and Febuary, autumn runs through the months of March, April and May, winter runs through the months of June, July and August and spring runs through the months of September, October and November.
There is so much to see and experience in the Fiordlands it may take you a life time to see everything however you can start by visiting the Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Manapouri, Te Anua, Milford Road, Southern Scenic Route, Fiordland National Park, Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. You can go bush walking, hiking, take a boat trip, diving, fishing, take a farm visit, hunting, visit the glow worm caves, kayaking or go jet boating.
There is a range of accommodation options for everyone in the Fiordlands including Backpacker Hostels, Bed and Breakfast, Farm Stays, Holiday Parks, Hotels and Motels, Lodges and Self Contained Apartments.
A magical spot with some fantastic history and sights to see. A place you will never forget.