Luxury Te Anau & Fiordland Holidays

Travel to a region of breathtaking natural beauty composed of dramatic fjords, unique lakes, and glow worm filled caves.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Te Anau & Fiordland

Located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, Fiordland National Park and Te Anau offers natural beauty on a grand scale. In Fiordland National Park, you’ll discover a landscape carved by ancient glaciers. Base yourself in the nearby lakeside town of Te Anau. A luxury holiday to Te Anau & Fiordland is the adventure of a lifetime.

Fiordland National Park, established in 1952, covers over 1.2 million hectares. Here, you will find the breathtaking fjords of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, where rising peaks frame the water, and ancient beech forests fringe the shores. See Mitre Peak, which rises nearly 2000m above sea level, dominating Milford Sound, whilst the Earl Mountains reflect across the glassy surface of the Mirror Lakes area. The region is also home to endangered animals like the takahe bird, thought to be extinct till it was re-discovered here in 1948, and the kekapo, the world’s only flightless parrot. You'll also be in with a chance of seeing the Fiordland crested penguins and southern brown kiwis, protected and vulnerable native species.

As you hike through the ancient forests or tour Milford Sound, keep an eye out for these rare animals. Immediately outside the National Park is the quaint lakeside town of Te Anau. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, boutiques, and trendy pubs here as well as some excellent hotels. From here, you can head off on three of New Zealand’s Great Walks or explore Lake Te Anau. As the second largest lake in New Zealand, this lake is perfect for swimming or boating. You’ll also find the Te Anau Caves here which feature limestone caves home to thousands of glow worms – a unique site.

Since New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, summer months run from November to March while the winter season is from May to September. Within the area, February is often the warmest month with temperatures reaching highs of 20 degrees Celsius and August is often the coldest with lows of 5 degrees Celsius.

While snow is not uncommon during winter, this time of year offers the best chance of seeing Fiordland's unique wildlife. Fiordland National Park and Te Anau are fantastic year-round luxury holiday destinations.

British nationals do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand for visit of up to six months. For more information about visas and general travel advice go to GOV.UK.

At your luxury hotel, you’ll find menus serving modern kiwi and traditional Maori dishes, as well as international fare. When it comes to local cuisine, chefs often rely on native ingredients, and as New Zealand award-winning dairy, fresh seafood, delicious fruit, and fresh seafood, excellent produce is easy to come by.

Outside of Te Anau, lie the Otago and Marlborough regions, both of which produce some of the world’s best wine. In Te Anau, you’ll be able to sample popular wine varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.

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