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Fiordland National Park Tours

Sprawling along New Zealand’s southwest coast, Fiordland National Park represents the country at its most photogenic: jagged mountains, rugged glacial valleys, and glittering fjords. This UNESCO World Heritage Site harbors some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural wonders, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Lake Te Anau, as well as rare Fiordland penguins, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. 

The Basics
Whether you’re soaring over Milford Sound in a helicopter, taking a scenic cruise along Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track, there are ample opportunities for adventure in Fiordland National Park. Tours typically start out from Queenstown or Te Anau and visit must-see attractions such as Mitre Peak, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Dusky Sound, and Manapouri Lake.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Weather in Fiordland National Park can be temperamental, especially around the fjords, so be prepared for wind and rain—even in summer.
  • If you’re hiking, remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are limited places to purchase supplies.
  • There is no public transportation within the park, so you’ll need to join a tour if you don’t have your own transport.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited, but free Wi-Fi is available at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Center.
  • Some cruises and attractions are wheelchair accessible but not all activities within the park are accessible to those with limited mobility, so it’s best to check in advance.

How to Get There
Fiordland National Park stretches over 3.2 million acres (1.2 million hectares) along the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The nearest international airport is in Queenstown, roughly 107 miles (172 kilometers) by road from the park’s main entry points—the lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri. Fiordland National Park can also be accessed from Milford Sound, which lies roughly 178 miles (287 kilometers) by road from Queenstown. 

When to Get There
Summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit Fiordland. Cooler spring and autumn temperatures make for great hiking, fewer crowds, and lower prices. Winter visitors will be at the weather’s mercy, but the park’s snow-covered peaks offer some spectacular scenery. Hikers should be aware that the Milford Track is only maintained from October through April, and lodges and facilities will be closed outside of this time.  

Outdoor Activities in Fiordland National Park 
Fiordland is one of the best destinations for hiking in New Zealand, with three of the country’s Great Walks running through the park—the Milford Track, the Kepler Track, and the Routeburn Track, as well as a huge variety of short walks. Other outdoor activities include kayaking around Doubtful Sound, jet boating or fishing along the Waiau River, cycling or horseback riding around the lakes, and skydiving in Glenorchy. 

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Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ ... 
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Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Te Anau

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Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand. Located in 3 million acres of the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a must-see ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.71
Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ ... 
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Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Queenstown

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Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, a must-see for any traveler. This is a small group tour for travelers seeking a ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.09
Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

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Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You'll travel through beautiful Fiordland in a luxury coach with panoramic windows and take an ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $170.28
Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight

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For the most engaging way to experience the riches of Fiordland National Park. This tour includes three modes of transport on land, sea and in the air ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $422.14
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

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Experience an 8-hour day trip into the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the heart of Fiordland National Park, while nature guides answer questions and ...  Read more

Location: Manapouri, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $170.28
Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Day Cruises
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

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See Milford Sound by air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown that includes a round-trip flight and a boat tour through the sound. Save time and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $400.86
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Day ... 
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

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Towering peaks and cascading waterfalls - this has to be the spectacular Milford Sound. Described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World', this cruise will ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.64
Milford Sound Fly, Cruise and Helicopter Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Cruises
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Milford Sound Fly, Cruise and Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

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Fly across the magnificent Southern Alps by plane as you make your way to Fiordland National Park. Cruise through Milford Sound, viewing cascading waterfalls, ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $606.61
Full-Day Milford Explorer Tour and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Air Tours
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Full-Day Milford Explorer Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

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Recently ranked as the world's most beautiful place, Milford Sound is a must-do for those visiting New Zealand's South Island. The Milford Explorer departs ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $88.68
Milford Sound Landing and Glaciers Fly Over, Queenstown, Day Trips
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Milford Sound Landing and Glaciers Fly Over

Crossing the mountains from the Mount Aspiring National Park into the Fiordland National Park you will see some stunning views over the local glaciers. The ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $287.34

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