Where the travel guides went in Fiordland: Te Anau, Milford and the Sounds


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Realjourneys has been sailing the waters of Doubtful Sound since 1954. Photo / Fourni, TNZ

The latest round of travel guides gave the travel spectacle a distinctly Kiwi twist, seeing ordinary New Zealanders take the country’s top attractions for a test drive.
Last night, the travel guides made their way to Te Anau, Manapouri and the gateway to the majestic sounds of the Fiordland hinterland. With breathtaking scenery, fishing and outdoor experiences worth braving the namu / sandflies.

If you’ve been inspired by travel guides and fancy following in their footsteps to Fiordland – we’ve put together a list of where they went, what they ate and how they got there – so do you.

WHERE THEY REMAINED

Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park
A base for going out to Milford, the Kepler, or any number of great outdoor adventures, the Te Anau Lakewview is a family-friendly vacation park with a choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes from hikers to solo hikers large family groups. Plus, stunning views of the calm waters of Te Anau.

The perfect vantage point to get the scale of the Fiordland landscape.  Photo / Supplied, TNZ
The perfect vantage point to get the scale of the Fiordland landscape. Photo / Supplied, TNZ

WHAT DID THEY DO

Night cruise on the dubious sound
Move to Milford. While the majesty of Miter Peak cannot be overstated, there are many other spectacular fjords to discover. Realjourneys has been sailing the waters of Doubtful Sound since 1954, and it’s still a favorite. With options to kayak, spend the day or night in the sounds – there are many ways to see the sounds.
realjourneys.co.nz

Wings and water
This scenic seaplane ride will take you from the shore of Lake Te Anau to the Tamsan Coast. With expeditions of half an hour and more, it offers the perfect vantage point to take in the scale of the landscape.
wingsandwater.co.nz

Fish throw
Mixing the serene with the ridiculously hoarse – Fish Jet offers a highly contrasting jet boat and fly fishing itinerary. The company can get you quickly to some of the best fishing on the upper Waiau River. Under a new owner, The Guides and Gillies have run their businesses for almost 20 years.
fishjetnz.com

Te Anau Trout Observatory
Fish without fuss. The perfect antidote to a day of thwarted fishing, you can visit the Te Anau Trout Hatchery to remind yourself of what they look like up close.
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Miter Peak: The world famous waters of Milford Sound.  Photo / Supplied, TNZ
Miter Peak: The world famous waters of Milford Sound. Photo / Supplied, TNZ

Fiordland Ancient Machinery Museum
Just before the Upukerora River, upon exiting Te Anau, you will pass the Vintage Machinery Musuem. On the way to Milford, the museum contains a collection of automotive memorabilia, including motorcycles, iron horses, and a fully functioning blacksmith’s workshop.

Golf Frisbee
New Zealand’s unofficial national sport. If you haven’t purchased a record and haven’t tried it, the Frisbees can be picked up at Outside Sports on Main Street. Follow the markers around the 18-hole course.
discgolf.fr

Where they ate / drank

Miles better pies
Right next to the equally iconic giant Takahe is Te Anau’s hand-made pie shop, Miles Better Pies. Just what you need after emerging from the hinterland, a pastry filled with Fiordland venison.

For more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiration, visit newfinder.co.nz and newzealand.com


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