Fiordland National Park – you really DO want it to rain

Beautiful South, Elegant South, Pristine New Zealand

We know. New Zealand isn’t the only part of the world with Fiords. Norway, Iceland, Alaska, Canada… They all have their fair share of massive U-shaped valleys that are truly spectacular and would compete in a “Fiord-off” competition. Hell – Norway even invented the word – “Fjord”. Translated, it means “Fiord”. We’re a little biased down here in New Zealand, we’ll admit it. We’ll get that out on the table right away and just say it: Our fiords are better than any other fiords, not just because we say so, but because we say so.

Jokes aside – there’s a few things that define Fiordland National Park in the deep south of New Zealand, and do make this World Heritage Area unique, and it has less to do with the shape and size of the various canyons and valleys, and everything to do with New Zealand’s location – and Australia’s.

Sitting down the bottom of the world and across the Tasman Sea from Australia, puts the South Island’s West Coast directly in the firing line of the constant stream of hot air that sweeps across from Australia’s warm interior land mass. As it travels across the Tasman Sea, it picks up its moisture and dumps it in large quantities on New Zealand’s West Coast. The brunt of the precipitation lands squarely in Fiordland National Park.

This combination of steep alpine terrain and warm air and water has created an incredibly unique environment where the tropics married the Alps, and had the best looking children in the natural world. In the space of 30 minutes you’ll drive past snow drifts on the side of the winding road before the Homer Tunnel, and end up deep in the forest of Milford Sound surrounded by lush ferns and mosses and waterfalls thundering from 3000 feet above.

All this because of the rain and hot air from Australia. We win.

jeanne costello
22:31 15 Feb 18
Our New Zealand Walking Tour was absolutely fantastic and our best tour ever. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun and took complete care of us, including making some wonderful picnic lunches and an amazing Christmas dinner. The places we visited were highlights on the South Island and we were able to hike, do a couple of boat tours, visit other interesting sites, and stay in some great places. This tour was the perfect combination of activities and I can't recommend it highly enough. A once in a lifetime adventure!read more
Roxanne Theriault
05:27 02 Nov 17
Amazing company, everything is top notch and they take care of you from start to finish! Always friendly, helpful, personable and professional - what kiwi hospitality is so famous for! You won't regret going on a walking tour with these folks and you'll definitely be planning your next trip, once you're back home! Highly recommend!read more
Miriam Houliston
05:19 02 Nov 17
Paul McDonald
21:13 30 Oct 17
I wanted to find a guiding company based in in New Zealand, with local guides. When I found out that New Zealand Walking Tours is part of the Active Adventures family, I was super confident to go ahead and arrange my trip. Exploring the Abel Tasman National Park by day and Awaroa Lodge by night was a massive highlight! I'll be back for sure.read more
Will Appelman
21:07 30 Oct 17
My wife and I are avid hikers, and New Zealand Walking Tours gave us the chance to explore a wide variety of New Zealand’s hiking trails – including amazing sections of the 9 Great Walks, and be rewarded with accommodations that are a step ahead of the competition, delicious locally sourced food and a tipple of New Zealand's finest local wine! But on our free day in Queenstown we met loads of local ‘Kiwis’ who hadn’t even heard of some of the trails we hiked along the way – it actually made us feel like the locals! In the same time it would have taken us to hike the Milford Track from start to finish (like we planned) we hiked an amazing section of the famous track, while also taking a boat cruise on Milford Sound and getting flown by helicopter from Milford Sound to the most incredible and isolated luxury lodge in the Hollyford. We then jet boated out across a lake before a beautiful walk back to civilisation on the Hollyford Track. Before our trip, Fiona worked out exactly the perfect trip to suit what we were looking for, and Lynette was an amazing help getting us ready to depart - making sure we packed everything we need, and not so much of what we didn't need. Highly recommended!read more
Joe Sutheran
20:52 30 Oct 17
I had a great time in New Zealand with my parents, travelling with New Zealand Walking Tours. I know my parents were so happy they found this company, the activity level was spot on for them, and accommodations, food etc was never less than outstanding. I didn't have much to do with the company pre-trip, but I know my parents were extremely impressed with the communications, and preparation advice from the team behind the scenes. What I can say is that when it came to the trip itself, the guides were just a joy to be around, extremely enthusiastic, interested in their guests, and very knowledgeable. Being a bit younger than much of the group, I was a little apprehensive that I might not enjoy it, but I don't know what I was worried about! Spending time getting to know the others on the trip, as well as the guides, was a delight - but what meant the most to me was spending time with my parents without the burden of the 'real world' on any of us, just enjoying the moment and each other's company. Thank you New Zealand Walking Tours for showing us the best of your stunningly beautiful country, and giving all three of us happy memories we'll never forget.read more
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