Fiordland Journals

Misty Mountains: New Zealand's Fiordland in the spring

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A September 2010 trip to Fiordland by MagdaDH_AlexH

Acheron Cottages Photo, Te Anau, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: The second half of the Southern Scenic Route plus Manapouri and Te Anau area.

Lake Hauroko

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Attraction | "Rainbow over the deep"

Lake Hauroko Photo, South Island, New Zealand
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It's only about 130km from our accommodation to Te Anau, and if done in one go, less than two hours' drive on a sunny and dry day. We are planning a whole day, taking it slowly as it's our first look at the Holy Grail of South Island travels, the Fiordland. It's misty as we leave, but past Tuatapere the sky clears and although it's still cold and very windy, the sun is shining on the landscape of the south-western corner of New Zealand. From Tuatapere to Te Anau the road goes almost directly north and as we drive up the change of land is subtle but unmistakable. There are high mountains visible to the west, and there is more woodland and less farming (though farm animals don't ever seem t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Lake Hauroko
Fiordland National Park
South Island, New Zealand

Clifden Suspension Bridge

Attraction | "Old crossing"

Clifden Suspension Bridge Photo, South Island, New Zealand
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We manage to get back through the 30km of the dirt track from Lake Hauroko without any noticeable disasters and we are soon parking next to the Clifden Suspension Bridge. Located over the Waiau River north of Tuatapere in the Fiordland section of the Route, Clifden Suspension Bridge is, at more than 111m, the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand. It was constructed in 1899 to replace a wire ferry and it was used by traffic until 1978. The bridge has concrete towers, steel cables and decking made from totara wood. It is now under care of New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Now it stands as a national monument, impassable even by pedestrians, but still attractive construction...Read More

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Clifden Suspension Bridge
Spanning Waiau Ruver
South Island, New Zealand 9691

Manapouri and The Very Muddy Walk

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Our boat, at the jetty Photo, Fiordland, New Zealand
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Snow is covering the world in a thin but persistent layer when we wake up on our first morning in Manapouri and, as a quick look on the New Zealand Department of Transport website confirms, the Milford Road is still closed. Manapouri is a village twenty kilometres south of Te Anau, on the shores of the Manapouri lake, the fifth largest and second deepest in New Zealand. The lake's main outflow is the Waiau River and the whole hydrological system is used to generate electricity at the West Arm power station. The lake narrowly escaped having its levels raised for the purpose of electricity production in the 1960s, but the efforts of conservationists resulted in official protection and the la...Read More

Fiordland Sounds

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Milford Road is closed, again Photo, Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Fiordland Sounds are really fiords: just like the Norwegian ones, but possibly even more beautiful and certainly harder to get. Two of the fiords can be accessed normally by tourists:- - Milford Sound is accessible by road, in theory all year round, but in practice the road is closed for several days each winter and early spring due to avalanche dangers. -- Doubtful Sound is accessible by daily excursions that leave from Manapouri Lake and take the visitors across the lake, then on the coach across Wilmot Pass to the Deep Cove harbour, and then on a boat. Other sounds can be accessed by private charter boat only (from the sea), sea plane or seen when wal...Read More

How we haven't seen Milford Sound

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Milford Road is closed, again Photo, Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Our last day in Manapouri, and Milford Road is closed, again. There isn't much snow where we are, and the sun is positively shining so we decide to drive up – the road is not closed at Te Anau but further up at the Divide, which means that we should be able to at least have a look at the Mirror Lakes and some of the landscape even if we can't get to the other end. The shining sun becomes somehow overcast as we drive past Te Anau, with a large board stating that the road is still closed, and now ominously, lower down at Knobs Flat.We drive on, though, with occasional looks at the landscape and misty photo opportunities. As the road starts climbing up, more and more s...Read More

Acheron Cottages

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Hotel | "The best value for the area"

Acheron Cottages Photo, Te Anau, New Zealand
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Manapouri is a small resort village located twenty kilometres south of Te Anau, the main hub for the visitors to New Zealand's spectacular Fiordland.In addition to the obvious attraction of the Milford Sound, two hours drive along a high alpine road north, the immediate vicinity of Manapouri has a lot to offer, from decent walks to water pursuits on Manapouri Lake. Manapouri is also where the cruises for Doubtful Sound (the second, and the last of New Zealand's South-Western fjords reasonably accessible to visitors – though, in case of the Doubtful sound, at a price) depart from. We stayed in Manapouri for three days in September 2010, during which time the Milford Road was clo...Read More

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Acheron Cottages
98 Hillside Manapouri Road
Manapouri, Te Anau, New Zealand
(+64) 3 249 6869