Yes. Its cold, the days are shorter and not everything is open. Did I mention there’s less Sandlfies?
For me, it’s the light. I love how it dances and filters through the mist in the most ethereal way and at the end of the days illuminates the sharp snow-capped mountains. On days like this, you’ll also have the perfect combination of dark, clear skies for star gazing. Did you know Fiordland is in the process of becoming an accredited dark sky park?
Hands down, the most beautiful I have ever experienced Milford Sound is in the Winter, ask any local and I am sure they’ll agree. If you’re willing to wrap up warm and get a little out of your comfort zone visiting Fiordland will be a unique experience for you.
The Milford road is stunning, a journey in itself and you can still get out and explore some of the forest tracks along the way. Expect amazing waterfalls, frosty vistas and mist rising from the earth with the sun. It is a great time to put your trust into one of our local tour operators and take the stress out of driving. Other locals and myself do the same – and its always relaxing just looking out the window a great little educational refresh of the area. We all enjoy a little snow at the tunnel too.
If you like a little adventure, the calm winters days can lend itself nicely to kayaking in the Sounds.Doubtful Sound is another great day option and offer overnight excursions. Our most two popular Te Anau outings that are well worth getting on board with are the Glow Worm Caves and our guests’ favourite – The Faith in Fiordland Sail Boat (honestly they’re just so nice onboard!)
Te Anau comes to a slower pace in the winter, and it is a great time to connect with locals. We can’t escape its winter here in Fiordland, its warm and cosy at Dunluce, and with a little more time on our hands it’s still equally inspiring to get out and about – my go to short walks are any of the access points along the Kepler where is sheltered or the Lake to lake cycle trail down to Manapouri. I often find myself wandering down and around the lake taking photographs, and I love the calm days when the waters like glass.
For the evenings, the best little winter go to is the Black Dog Bar with its open fires, hunker down in the luxe interiors and a mulled wine. Adjoined is the Fiordland Cinema – here they play 30-minute local films showcasing Fiordland and a blockbuster in the evening. Think comfy seats, intermission, cheesecake, and coffee – or take a peek at their cocktail list.
We all know you cannot beat a longs summers day, although sometimes we need to meet nature on her terms and embrace the storms of tawhirimatea that wash her clean of our footprints. It is a privilege to be able to visit these wild and remote corners of New Zealand and for the most part Fiordland will offer you both the brooding drama and the sounds of silence.
Superb B&B in an excellent location. We stayed 2 nights in Hannah's beautiful home in Feb 2020. It really was the best accommodation we had during our 5 week visit of NZ, which included 5 * hotels. Hannah was a most hospitable host and catered for our every need. She had thought of...
Thank you so much for your hospitality. This is a very beautiful home and you are so nice and made us feel so welcome. The breakfast was excellent, especially the large variety of fresh fruits which we really appreciate. We loved your backyard and had fun star gazing last night. We don't...
Virginia and Eddie, Hong Kong
First class B&B We thought we were turning up to some random B&B, but this place is superb. It’s immaculately clean throughout and the room was luxurious. Best of all though were the views, which take in the lake and mountains. Just lie in bed and take it all in! Breakfast was...
This small B&B was the perfect place to stay: warm host, private rooms, gorgeous modern home, postcard view, delicious snacks and the best breakfast spread. The host was so kind and generous; we just came off a big hike and she went above and beyond to help us wash our gear. This is by far...
Delightful peaceful stay This is a charming B&B with amazing views, so peaceful. Spotlessly clean and Hannah is a wonderful hostess. Delicious Breakfast and lovely fruit muffins to come back to after along day at Doubtful Sound. She even did some washing for us, which was very kind. There...
The rooms are really lovely with Mountain View’s and nice sunrises. Hannah cooks a delicious breakfast and provides a very personal experience. Everything is done well- from the natural shampoos organic teas scented candles and interesting books. The rooms are warm and tastefully...
Rebecca Stirrup, New Zealand
Thank you for a great stay in your exceptionally well thought out house and for the helpful advice,warm hospitality, good conversation and wonderful homemade biscuits.
Merrill & Richard, Australia
Thank you both so much for a beautiful and comfortable stay. Your house is beautiful ,the gardens impeccable and the food delicious.We really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for the new game of "Bananagrams". Good luck finishing the shed !
Franscesca & Scott, USA
A truly idyllic spot in every way : scenery, hospitality home and hosts.
Gayle and Terry, Nairobi Kenya
Absolutely superb. Without doubt the nicest, bed and breakfast I have had the pleasure of staying in. Beautifully decorated throughout, never have I been made to feel so welcome. Hannah goes out of way to make your stay as pleasant as possible, I was literally in awe when I saw my...