Getting to Fiordland
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It is surprisingly easy to get to Te Anau and Manapouri, in the heart of Fiordland. So hop on board and head to our towns! Scroll down for a map of where we are.
Te Anau and Manapouri are two hours south of Queenstown, or two hours north of Invercargill, or four hours west of Dunedin. From all these destinations the journey is a beautiful trip.
Arriving in Fiordland's towns from Queenstown
The road journey from Queenstown in the north is particularly lovely, down wide valleys with mountain views and villages on the way with good cafes (Kingston, Athol, Five Rivers and Mossburn). As you approach Te Anau and Manapouri, you travel over stunning high moorland, covered in native red tussock, and are confronted with your first views of our amazing Fiordland peaks before you descend down to our beautiful lakes and towns.
Arriving in Fiordland's towns from Invercargill and Dunedin
The road journey from the south can be tackled using a number of different routes, but perhaps the most beautiful (and closest to the southern sections of Fiordland) is the Southern Scenic Route (a U shaped tourist road route which goes around the bottom of the south island from Dunedin in the East to Queenstown in the West, and taking in Te Anau and Manapouri). From Invercargill travelling north to Te Anau and Manapouri, the route takes you via Tuatapere (good for a cafe stop) and Clifden.
Using Fiordland buses and coaches
Bearing in mind we are the wilderness capital of New Zealand, it's a great idea to arrive in Te Anau and Manapouri in the most sustainable way possible, enabling you to enjoy the view as much as possible as you travel. Sadly, there's no train line, but we are proud to have inexpensive mini-bus and coach services running directly to Te Anau and Manapouri, daily.
Check out Te Anau's very own Tracknet service, a friendly and reliable minibus service including a daily service from Queenstown Airport and town centre, and Invercargill Airport and town centre. The service is popular among local people as well as visitors, so book ahead, particularly in the summer months (November to April). The great thing about Tracknet is that it also provides transport inside the National Park, to access the start of Great Walk tracks - hence its name.
InterCity is a national coach company providing coaches from Invercargill, Dunedin and Queenstown direct to Te Anau, although sometimes you may book through InterCity but travel on a Tracknet minibus.
Fly to Fiordland
If the skies are your thing, then it is easy to jet in to Te Anau and Manapouri by helicopter or plane. There are no scheduled services to Te Anau and Manapouri, but chartered planes and helicopters can easily be hired to fly here; a good option for groups. Te Anau and Manapouri have their own brand new airport and lots of helicopter landing sites, serviced by a range of plane and helicopter companies.
If you are driving yourself, then take your time and take plenty of rests on the way for safety's sake. It's easy to take rests on the journey to Te Anau because there are plenty of villages on the way with petrol stations and cafes. Between Queenstown and Te Anau you could stop at Kingston (where there is a fabulous steam train), Athol, Five Rivers (good cafe with farm animals you can visit), and Mossburn.