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Fiordland is a region in the southwest of the south island of New Zealand. It is very rugged terrain and many areas are largely inaccessible. There are many spectacular fiords however only Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are readily accessible to tourists.
The small township of Te Anau is the entry point to some of the most spectacular and untouched regions of New Zealand.
Milford Sound is a tourist gem. The road to Milford passes through some of the most impressive scenery in New Zealand. The road passes through the single-lane Homer Tunnel which was built through granite rock in the 1850's. A boat trip on the Sound leaves a mystical imprint. .
Be aware of unpredictible weather
There is a fine if you get caught camping in your car or tent without a DOC pass. Pick them up from the Department of Conversation in Te Anau. A guided tour bus to Milford Sound is expensive but worthwhile, with a cruise on the sound a must.
Autumn is a fabulous time for colour. Roads may be closed in winter due to snow and ice. Beware of sandflies - they are plentiful and hungry for blood (especially fresh tourist blood!) Be sure to have plenty of strong insect repellent (Dimp works well).