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Doubtful Sound

In the remote southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand lies some of the most magnificent scenery on earth.

This vast area of 14 steep sided fiords was carved by glaciers over the past 2 million years.

There is only one road which is the highway to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.

Fiordland weather is dominated by westerly air flows, making it extremely unpredictable and often dramatic. Moisture laden air is forced to rise over the barrier of the mountains, where it cools quickly creating heavy rain and snow. Clearing weather often reveals thousands of waterfalls streaming from sheer sided mountains. Rain falls in Fiordland more than 200 days a year. Annual rainfall varies from 1200mm to 8000mm in Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. When walking in the National Park you should be prepared for cold temperatures, strong winds and heavy rain any time of year, and on any track. Burning sun in the morning can turn to heavy rain in the afternoon. It is essential to carry waterproof clothing.

We recommend you visit both Milford and Doubtful Sounds, and take day walks to experience the true beauty of the rain forest. A helicopter flight is a spectacular way to experience the scope and grandeur of Fiordland.

Set on the shores of Lake Te Anau is the vibrant and attractive township of Te Anau. It is back dropped by the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps - in particular the Kepler and Murchison mountains. Lake Te Anau is the second largest lake in New Zealand.

Te Anau provides a wide range of services, facilities and activities and has a choice of many fine restaurants, bars and cafes. The town is well serviced for all your needs.

Te Anau is the closest town to iconic Milford Sound and your perfect base for visiting this special part of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Anau

Lake Te Anau


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+64 3 249 7715

Hannah Gray
Dunluce Bed & Breakfast
Aparima Drive, Te Anau,
Fiordland, New Zealand