Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Te Anau

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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. Using our world travel planner, Te Anau attractions like Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Most pure and clean fresh air in the planet I guess. Beautiful hanging bridge and walking tracks. Highly recommend for the people who love nature.  more »
  • Absolutely wonderful overnight cruise with Realjourneys. Great organisation and attention to detail. Comfortable ship and good food. Doubtful sound is magnificent plus we saw dolphins leaping from the...  more »
  • The scenery all the way along the road is totally amazing and there is so much to see with great stopping points such as the Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. We took so many pictures but they will never do...  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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