New Zealand is known for its unique landscape and interesting cultures. It is also one of the few countries in the world where one can see stunning fjords. Due to its abundance of fjords, it now rivals the fjords of Norway. In New Zealand, Fiordland National Park is perhaps the best place to witness these awe-inspiring natural wonders. With the park covering an area of 4,868 square miles, there are many things to do in this park besides just gazing at the giant rock formations. For adventurers visiting this unique part of New Zealand, here are some of the best things to do for an unforgettable adventure.
10 Go Kayaking
Kayaking in Fiordland National Park is perhaps the most relaxing way to explore the stunning landscape. Besides offering the freedom to explore the fjords at one's pace, kayaking in Fiordland also promises some exciting adventures as it takes adventurers through towering waterfalls and is closest to the foot of some of these stunning rock formations. With zero engine noise, those engaging in this activity will also get the opportunity to witness the fauna and flora of the area more naturally.
9 Take A Boat Cruise
The waters in Fiordland National Park are charming and worth experiencing in different ways. One interesting way to explore the water and the surrounding natural rock formations around the park is by taking a boat cruise, as it is more comfortable for taking pictures and exploring the impressive fjords without dealing with the stress of paddling. While Milford Sound is perhaps the most popular cruise spot in the park, one can also check out the Doubtful Sound Cruise and Lake Manapouri Cruise for more unique experiences.
8 Take A Helicopter Tour
A helicopter ride in Fiordland National Park offers an opportunity to explore parts of the park that one may not have been able to explore by water or by land. During the flight, adventures will be presented with birds-eye views of the lakes, glaciers, and fjords that make up this park. Helicopter tours in the Fiordland also stop at different remote landing spots to make the experience even more exciting.
7 Go Hiking
There are lots of exciting trails in Fiordland for adventurers who want to take a walk through the stunning landscape. Most trails in Fiordland are long and difficult, but beginner hikers still have a lot to enjoy. For easy walks, adventures can take the Lake Marian Track, Borland Nature Walk, or the Bowen Falls Walk. For longer trails with more challenges, adventurers can take the Kepler Track (60 km), Hollyford Track (53 km), and the Milford Track (53 km).
6 Go Fishing
Fishing is a must-do thing in Fiordland as the park features an abundance of fish. Whether adventurers choose to fish on the stream, rivers, or lakes in the park, there’s always something to catch. Brown and rainbow trout are the most popular fish species one can catch in the waters of this park.
5 Experience Hunting In Fiordland
Hunting is a popular thing to do in Fiordland all year round as the park features lots of unique wildlife to pursue. Some animals to expect on a hunt in Fiordland include - Wapiti deer, red deer, wild pigs (in small numbers), and possums. A permit is required for those seeking to engage in this activity in this park.
4 Go Scuba Diving
The rich underwater life in Fiordland has made it one of the most popular spots for diving in Oceania. Milford Sound is perhaps the most popular fjord within the park to enjoy this adventure as its underwater environment is characterized by rich corals and marine creatures such as - Dolphins, sharks, eels, stingrays, and lots of fish species.
3 Camp In Nature
Camping is a great way to spend time in the unique landscape of Fiordland, and the park features lots of campsites where one can get this unique experience. From campsites offering space for RV and tents to lake-side lodges, there is something for every type of camper in Fjordland. Check here for a full list of campsites in Fiordland National Park.
2 Check Out Te Anau Glowworm Caves
New Zealand is famous for its unique glowworms, and one of the best places in the country to see these creatures is Te Anau Glowworm Caves. On a visit to this attraction in the nearby Te Anau, adventurers will be met with beautifully lit cave ceilings as they are lighted up by hundreds of glowworms.
1 Take A Road Trip On The Milford Road
One of the fastest and most scenic ways to explore Fiordland is by driving the Milford road. This road trip begins from Te Anau and takes adventurers through some of the most scenic parts of Fiordland until it reaches the popular Milford Sound, where one will be presented with more impressive scenery and a host of exciting adventures.