Southern park access
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Drive south from Te Anau towards Manapouri and beyond and you are not in Fiordland National Park but you are on the Southern Scenic Route, a tourist road route which takes you around the bottom of the south island, in a U shape, from Queenstown in the west to Dunedin in the east. However, the section of the Southern Scenic Route from Te Anau going south gives you a few more access points to Fiordland National Park, which lies in the west all the way down to the south coast. These access points are within driving distance of Te Anau and Manapouri.
The Borland Road
The Borland Road is a gravel road accessed from a right hand turning as you drive south on the Southern Scenic Route from Manapouri. It heads north-west across the Fiordland National Park and gives access firstly to Lake Monowai, and then a wonderful pass (the Borland Saddle at 990m) in the Hunter Mountains, and then down hairpin bends to the shores of Lake Manapouri. The road does not connect any towns; it is a real wilderness road. The only reason it exists is thanks to the hydro-electric power station on Lake Manapouri. The Borland Road is a service road created to maintain the electricity pylons that also follow this route. Although pylons are an unattractive site in paradise, you only notice them from then road, and not when you leave the road to start tramping, boating, kayaking or fishing in this wonderful region. For more information go to the Department of Conservation Borland Road page.
Keep driving south on the Southern Scenic Route and you get to Clifden. From here, you can turn right to access Lake Hauroko in Fiordland National Park; you have to travel 36km down the Lillburn Valley road, 20km of which is a gravel road. For more information go to the Department of Conservation Lake Hauroko page.
The South Coast
You can also access Fiordland National Park along the south coast, via the start of the Humpridge Track. This track starts from the Rarakau carpark, at Bluecliffs Beach in TeWaewae Bay. For more information on this track go to the Department of Conservation Humpridge Track page.