Welcome to Fiordland - New Zealand

My Local Activity Picks

Luxmore Jets - This is a jet boat ride with a difference - the most spectacular natural scenery (incl. LOR's locations) down the Waiau river in the Fiordland National Park. Pure unspoiled nature at it's best. View trout basking in the sun. Enjoy the thrill of the famous hamilton spin, emerge out onto beautiful Lake Manapouri(a surprise in itself). This is a totally exhilarating magical ride through unspoiled beauty, a true sensory experience. This is a trip for anyone of any age, you won't be disappointed. $95.00 adults & $45.00 children - options also available with float plane or helicopter

High Ride Quad Bikes - Lot's of fun!! Great views!! This is a great activity where you are in command of the amount of fun you can have. Operated by a local farmer on his farm off the beaten track, the scenery & surroundings are beautiful as you ride across flats, up Danby Hill with views over Te Anau and rivers and then over the edge!! Challenging tracks, mud flats and more, experience it yourself. Suitable for 14 years & over. $145.00 per per person

High Ride Horse Treks - a real favourite for the ladies. Situated on the same farm as above but in a different part of the farm, set off down a hillside and alongside limestone cliffs on the edge of the Whitestone river stopping for afternoon tea and then back up through a forest, the whole trip is a lot of fun, wonderful scenery and very rewarding. Suitable for 12yr olds upwards. $80.00 per person

Note: Hi Ride trips are 3 1/2 hrs, pick up from accommodation to both these activities and you all return together, so if some of you want to quad bike and the other members of your family / group want to horse ride, then this is a great option for you all - 3 trips a day over the summer season.

Helicopter & Walk - The triple buzz with Southern Lakes helicopters. Take a helicopter ride to the top of Luxmore and and have lunch up there and enjoy the stunning views, then walk down the mountain & finish off with a motor boat back across Lake Te Anau. This is a great trip to do. The helicopter ride is thrilling, the views down to South Arm spectacular, the 3hr walk down the mountain through native bush tranquil & scenic. A real treat. Approx. $160.00 per person. (depends of no of people)

Or take an easier option of flying to the top of Mt Kidd or Mt Titaroa & landing for a look around, then fly back - spectacular

Floatplane - For a difference experience try a float plane, enquire about Dusky Sound trips, and ask if they have any trips planed with landings, wonderful experience. Or Take the jet boat and meet the plane on Lake Te Anau and fly over the mountains back to Te Anau

Te Anau Cruises - A great way to end your day is with a relaxed cruise onboard the Carousel, have a fish, go for a short walk to Hidden lakes or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. Weave around the small scattered islands, past pristine beaches, native forest & mountainous ranges. A great way to relax and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy Marion's wonderful muffins. 2 1/2hrs $67.00 per person

Atu Whenua (Shadowlands) - This is a 30 min film taken by a local Helicopter Operator all over Fiordland, who then built a the cinema to show it in! The scenery is spectacular and gives you a true in depth look at the beauty & vastness of Fiordland. Filmed with an intimate knowlege of the area, you will be taken on an amazing journey from Coastline to hanging above waterfalls to sheer Mountainsides to....The rest is for you to experience.(We provide free passes to this film for each person staying in our homes for 5 consecutive nights or more.)

These are some of my favourite local activities that really give you the opportunity to experience our Fiordland, and strongly recommend you try at least one of these activities. They are all smaller businesses run by Locals dedicated to providing you with a great experience and an honest desire to share this special part of the world with you.

For more information on the area have a look www.fiordlandlocalnz.com which has been set up by a local man who has been involved in the developement and operation of tourism in Fiordland for many years, this website is not aligned to any business, but been created for personal pleasure out of a continued passion for the area and a desire to share it.

Regards Mike & Donna

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Photo's 1.Luxmore Jet Boating down Waiau

2. Photograhy top of Mt Titaroa

3. Fun at Frasers beach, Manapouri

4. Start of Milford Track

5.Fishing on the river