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.
Stayed for 5 nights package. Very happy with the entire experience, Hannah couldn't have been more accommodating and the room was spacious and comfortable. The little extra touches set Dunluce apart from the norm & made the whole experience very enjoyable.
We were thoroughly spoilt by our warm and engaging host, Hannah, who took the time to sit down, have a cup of coffee and chat with us about life and experiences. Great location with views across lake Te Anau and within a lovely 15 min stroll distance along the picturesque lake foreshore to the...
Anne and Bruce, Australia
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...
I cannot say enough good things about my stay at this property. Hannah, the proprietor, is the epitome of charm and hospitality. Beautiful room with gorgeous views of the mountains and Lake Te Anau, and truly gourmet breakfast. The whole place exudes personalized warmth and charm. High, high...
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
Such a fabulous place My husband and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of nights at Dunluce. It was so beautiful - Hannah was a fantastic host, our room was spotlessly clean with amazing view of the lake and mountains, breakfast was spot on! Wish we could have stayed longer.
Stunning views, fabulous hosts and comfy room! I was lucky enough to plan my stay at Dunluce in October 2018 with Hannah. She was excellent with all communication with me throughout organizing my stay there prior to arrival and upon arrival she had the warmest and friendliest greeting! She let...
Katie, New Zealand
Delightful We enjoyed everything about our stay here - the beautiful view from our room, the warm welcome from Hannah, the delicious breakfasts and home baked treats. Everything was spotlessly clean and the bed and pillows were comfy with good linens. Super shower room too. This was one of our...
A truly idyllic spot in every way : scenery, hospitality home and hosts.
Gayle and Terry, Nairobi Kenya
Very comfortable and friendly. We stayed here just after Christmas and enjoyed the beautiful quiet location. It is just enough away from the main drag to offer a very comfortable stay and yet not too far away, so its easy to zip in for a meal. The people are friendly, the bed luxurious, and the...