On this episode of Kiwi Tripsters, we transport you to the epic wilderness and natural majesty of Fiordland. Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Lake Te Anau and some of the indelible outdoorsy experiences waiting for you in this most spectacular southern kingdom.

Lake Gunn, Fiordland, New Zealand
Lake Gunn. Photo: Martin Silva

It’s one of New Zealand’s greatest day trips, the Milford Road Highway. Spanning a distance of 120km from Te Anau to Milford Sound, it’s a ravishing drive. It’s stirring medley of diverse natural beauty and myriad roadside temptations means an early bird is rewarded handsomely with its heady serving of side dishes. We showcase the essential stops.

Lake Manapouri, Fiordland, New Zealand
Lake Manapouri. Photo: Kendall Delyser

The magnificence of Milford Sound. We recommend taking a sightseeing tour with Cruise Milford. What sets them apart is the fact they don’t pack you into their vessel like sardines. Despite holding a capacity for 150 guests, they’ll cap it at 75, so you won’t be jostling for precious photo moments. Being a smaller boat, the intimate viewing of wildlife and geological features was exceptional.

Cruising Milford Sounds. Photo: Mike Yardley

Discovering the real Fiordland on an off-the-beaten-track adventure to Hidden Hankinson. Mark Wallace joins us from the Fiordland Outdoors Company to talk about their wide range of products and services, including the riveting full-day excursion to Lake Hankinson and the Wapiti River, home to Fiordland’s oldest hut, built in 1923. It’s breath-taking back-country.

Hankinson's Hut, Fiordland
Hankinson’s Hut, Fiordland. Photo: Mike Yardley

The charms of Te Anau. Don’t ever think of speed-dating Fiordland from Queenstown. We discuss why Te Anau should be your base and the vast assortment of experiences to cherish from Fiordland Jet, Fiordland Cinema and the Lake2Lake Cycle Trail to the spectacular excursions to Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Plus – the Takahe enclosure on the lakefront in Te Anau!

Tahake, Fiordland, New Zealand
The Tahake. Photo: Douglas
  • 01:00 Travelling to Fiordland
  • 09:41 Best boats to cruise the fiords
  • 18:40 Chat with Mark Wallace of Fiordland Outdoors company
  • 29:20 Ride with Fiordland Jet

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