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Milford Sound

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Te Anau

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Invercargill

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Bluff

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Riverton

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Fiordland National Park

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Lake Manapouri

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Gore

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Lake Te Anau

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Doubtful Sound

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Milford Sound

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  • Easy to have a car

    Milford Sound Transportation

    If you already have a car in New Zealand before taking this trip to Milford take the car with you. I find having your own wheel is the easiest way to get toIs a long drive to Milford but it is a very scenic drive. You are going to stop a few times on the way. We drove to Te Anau the night before, and the next morning we have an early start We took...

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  • On the way to Milford

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    This is one of my favorite place in New Zealand. I love the whole country, So far, NZ is one of my favorite destination.When traveling in New Zealand Milford sound must be in your list. It is quite a remote area but It is really worth of going there. And join the cruise to the fjord which is amazing place to discover. It is a bit annoying going to...

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  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    The journey to Milford Sound is just as spectacular as the destination itself. Unforgettable journey the most beautiful place on earth.The cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, the mirror lake. It was very cold during our visit to Milford, but is all worth itIf you have a car and drove yourself to the fjord, it is a 2 -3 hour or more. There...

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Te Anau

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  • Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station

    Te Anau Things to Do

    Manapouri Power Station is an underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand, and the second largest power station in New Zealand. It was completed in 1971 and uses the 230 metre drop between the West arm of Lake Manapouri and Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound to...

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  • Distinction Luxmore Hotel

    Te Anau Hotels

    The Distinction is clean and the staff are friendly. I would have expected at least some plates and...

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  • Lake Manapouri

    Te Anau Things to Do

    Lake Manapouri is a glacier lake located in Fiordland National Park. It is New Zealand's second deepest lake measuring 444 metres at it deepest point. It has four arms - North, South, West and Hope. The Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station is situated at the end of West Arm.Any visitors to Doubtful Sound must cross Lake Manapouri to join the road...

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Invercargill

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  • Intercity : Queenstown to Invercargill/...

    Invercargill Transportation

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

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  • Surrey Court Motel

    Invercargill Hotels

    Was the best motel I have stayed in for such a long time. Friendly hosts, the unit was so clean and...

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  • PURAKAUNUI FALLS

    Invercargill Off The Beaten Path

    The Purakaunui Falls are a cascading multi-tiered waterfall on the Purakaunui River, located in a small reserve of mixed podocarp and beech forest. A 10 minute walk on an excellent track takes you to the falls.The Purakaunui Falls car park has a picnic area with toilets.Another beautiful one, tumbling 20 metres over three distinct tiers.LocationThe...

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Bluff

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  • Learn about history: A look back at the...

    Bluff Things to Do

    The Bluff Hill Lookout is a great place to learn about the history of Bluff.On information panels with good illustrations you get a great overview of (nearly) everything, be it the geology, the settlement of the region, the way of life, wildlife. The panels are not only to be found around the spiral walkway that leads from the carpark to the...

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  • Bluff granite

    Bluff Things to Do

    The rocky outcrops you see at Bluff Hill are norite. This rock that never reached the surface during the volcanic activity in this region 235 million years ago is also called Bluff granite. Along the spiral track from the carpark to the lookout you find an information panel next to a split rock that reveals a hard, dark-grey stone beneath the...

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  • Old Bluff Cemetery

    Bluff Things to Do

    The Old Bluff Cemetery sits at a spectacular location at the end of Lagan Street. This is the highest street at the western end of Bluff, parallel to Bluff Hill.You have splendid panoramic views to the north, west and south – not so to the east because Bluff Hill blocks your view.The cemetery itself is very interesting, telling the stories from the...

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Riverton

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  • Te Hikoi - Heritage Museum

    Riverton Things to Do

    The Te Hikoi museum starts with a ~15 minute video chronicling the settlement and origins of the South. There is also a documentary of the the life of Jacky Price.After the video, there is a very informative collection of displays that show how the Maori and later the European settlers managed to tame the South in order to live. There's displays on...

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  • McCracken's Rest

    Riverton Off The Beaten Path

    McCracken's Rest is a viewpoint along the Southern Scenic Route, with a nice beach and views of the mountains of southern Fiordland. It gives a nice view of Te Wae Wae Bay.There are quite often sightings of Hector dolphins in the water. We did not see any on this day, but did not far from this spot.This is about 30 minutes west of Riverton.

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  • CLIFDEN SUSPENSION BRIDGE

    Riverton Off The Beaten Path

    The Clifden Suspension Bridge[1899] is a historic suspension bridge near Clifden. Spanning the Waiau River, it is only accessible to pedestrians these days. Settlers depended on a ferry to get stock and supplies across the River, so a Bridge was necessary. The bridge is 3.5 metres wide, and acted as a single lane bridge for horse-drawn traffic...

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Fiordland National Park

  • Cruising other Fiords

    Fiordland National Park Favorites

    -It is relatively difficult to travel to and cruise other fiords than Milford and Doubtful Sounds. However, there are a few operators that offer trips to Dusky and Breaksea Sounds, as well as to Preservation Inlet, and to more northern fiords.In winter (May, August) there is a nice selection of tours available on the Milford Wanderer, operatred by...

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  • Many Traffic Controls on NZ's most...

    Fiordland National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Believe it or not: The road to Milford Road is New Zealand's most dangerous road, in relation of accidents to the number of cars on the road. This unfortunately means that - although NZ drivers are really bad drivers - tourists are even worse drivers on this road because they pay more attention to the scenery than to the road and the traffic.For...

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  • Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound?

    Fiordland National Park Favorites

    A question that comes up in the Forum permanently is:Milford or Doubtful Sound?Here is a little write up:I have been to Doubtful Sound once, and twice to Milford Sound. If you have not been to Milford Sound you have missed it all somehow. Already standing at the wharf, you get an unparalleled view. Doubtful Sound is quieter and huuuuge and more...

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Lake Manapouri

  • Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station

    Lake Manapouri Things to Do

    Manapouri Power Station is an underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand, and the second largest power station in New Zealand. It was completed in 1971 and uses the 230 metre drop between the West arm of Lake Manapouri and Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound to...

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  • Dolphins Leap in Doubtful Sound

    Lake Manapouri Off The Beaten Path

    You have to be in a kayak to have this happen to you. You truck to the sound with your guide, leaving from TeAnau. You camp overnight in the most remote place you can imagine. I actually heard a morepork at night. That's a rare owl. You can drive to the Sound, but that's certainly not the way to see things like this.

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  • More fishing in Doubtful Sound.

    Lake Manapouri Off The Beaten Path

    The delicacy to catch down here, is the Blue Cod. A deep water fish and these are deep water sounds, carved by glaciers. Two on one line is a treat not to miss and you don't have to wait long either.

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Gore

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  • Stay Within the Speed Limit

    Gore Warnings and Dangers

    I got caught by a police officer for speeding. I was in a 50km/h zone and guess what speed I was going? 68km/h. You got to be kidding!!!In Singapore, the police officer would definitely not book you for this unless you're doing speeds beyond 20km/h. So instead of buying sourvenirs, I ended paying the government NZ$120 for this act. Also, it was a...

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  • Charlton Motel

    Gore Hotels

    When we first saw the place, we asked ourselves if we should stay there because the building was...

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  • Food in an Instant

    Gore Restaurants

    Located in the Bed & Breakfast lodging itself, the restaurant serves local food like Lamb Chops. Open from 9am till late (They open only at 9am as they have to serve morning breakfast to their stay-in guests), you can either choose to dine-in or do a takeaway. The food is just so-so. You will stand a better chance of getting better food when you...

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Lake Te Anau

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  • Sunset in Lake Te Anau

    Lake Te Anau Things to Do

    The small town of Te Anau is best known as the gateway to Fiordland National Park. A very pretty lakeside community, it is the nearest town to Milford and Doubtful Sounds Lake Te Anau is in the south-western corner of the South Island of New Zealand.The focus of many of these is Lake Te Anau itself. Several scenic cruises operate on the lake, and...

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  • Pack Some Food & Drinks

    Lake Te Anau What to Pack

    If you're doing a driving tour and plan to leave from Queenstown to Te Anau and Milford Sound, do head into town to purchase some bread or dry food, and also a couple of bottle of mineral or bottled water as you will need to set off early. You can also buy yourself some hot food at some rest stops in Te Anau.

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  • The Reflection of Mirror Lake

    Lake Te Anau Off The Beaten Path

    Mirror Lake (Officially known as Lake Matheson) really stands true to its name. I was hoping that the picture I took will do justice to the Lake, and it sure did. The actual picture seemed a bit blurred, but the image on the waters of the lake looked magnificant.This is really one lake that you should not miss.

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Doubtful Sound

  • manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station

    Doubtful Sound Things to Do

    Manapouri Power Station is an underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand, and the second largest power station in New Zealand. It was completed in 1971 and uses the 230 metre drop between the West arm of Lake Manapouri and Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound to...

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  • Lake Manapouri

    Doubtful Sound Things to Do

    Lake Manapouri is a glacier lake located in Fiordland National Park. It is New Zealand's second deepest lake measuring 444 metres at it deepest point. It has four arms - North, South, West and Hope. The Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station is situated at the end of West Arm.Any visitors to Doubtful Sound must cross Lake Manapouri to join the road...

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  • Wildlife of Doubtful Sound

    Doubtful Sound Things to Do

    Doubtful Sound is home to fur seals, bottle-nosed dolphins, blue penguins and seabirds like gulls and gannets.

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Top Southland Hotels

Invercargill Hotels
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Te Anau Hotels
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Manapouri Hotels
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Gore Hotels
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Milford Sound Hotels
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