Combine the 'must-dos' of Fiordland on a guided day trip. Departing Te Anau, the day consists of two different cruises (Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound), a visit to the Te Anau Glowworm caves, guided nature walk, plus the scenery of the world-famous Milford Road.
This is a great opportunity to visit Fiordland National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Area, and experience two of our most popular trips in one day, accompanied by a local guide. All the elements of the day's itinerary run seamlessly to ensure the best possible experience and maximising your time in this beautiful region.
Cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western shores (this is not accessible by road)
Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Travel along the world-famous Milford road by small coach
Scenic walk at Lake Gunn (approx. 45 mins leisurely walking) and time for lunch
Note: photography and video filming are NOT permitted inside the cave.
Note: Some bending is required at the caves entrance and steps are involved.
Lunch Box (included)
Presented in an individual box: includes
Ham salad baguette (or soft long bread roll), carrot cake, freshly-baked mini muffin, piece of fresh fruit, mini chocolate bar. Complimentary water and hot drinks.
Please note: If you require a vegetarian lunch, or have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process. Menus are indicative only.
About Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lake Te Anau
The Te Anau Glowworm Caves (part of the Aurora cave system) were discovered on the western shores of Lake Te Anau by Lawson Burrows in 1948. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Deep inside the caves, there is a silent hidden grotto inhabited by hundreds of glowworms which in the subterranean darkness produce a glittering display.
The Maori name 'Te Ana-au' translates as 'the swirling cave'.
About Lake Gunn
Lake Gunn, Fiordland National Park
Lake Gunn is situated within Fiordland National Park, off the Milford Road in the Eglinton Valley, around 70km from Te Anau. This lake was discovered back in 1861 by George Gunn and David McKellar, two Southland runholders. The west branch of the Eglinton River runs through Lake Gunn and on the western shore is Melita Peak which rises to 1680m.
There is extensive red beech forest, moss covered trees and pebble beaches at the lake edge. There is almost every shade of green amongst the living trees, and flora on the forest floor. Birds such as tomtits, kakariki, riflemen and robins frequent the valley.
About Milford Sound
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Milford Sound is the most well-known and most accessible of all the fiords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area. Its 16 kilometre (14 nautical miles) length is lined by sheer rock faces that soar 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) or more from the water. At 1692 metres, the iconic Mitre Peak is a spectacular sight and New Zealand’s most photographed mountain.
Milford Sound is in the heart of a rainforest (annual rainfall is 6,813mm or 268 inches) which creates walls of temporary waterfalls on a wet day receding to just two permanent waterfalls (Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls) in drier conditions.
Glorious on a fine day, Milford Sound’s ethereal, moody beauty in the rain is equally spectacular.