Fiordland National Park Port Guide

Fiordland National Park Port, located in the southwest corner of the South island of New Zealand, is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Hence, the Fiorland National Park port of call belongs to a protected area of over 4,826 miles. It is administered by the Department of Conservation of New Zealand and is a stronghold of beautiful settings and majestic creations of nature. 

The Fiordland National Park cruise port is one of the main gateways to the region serving as a trade and commerce area for cargo vessels; serving as a docking area for numerous cruise ships, it is also a tourist haven. Fiordland cruise terminal is situated amongst lush forests and unique wildlife. It is a port of call where tourists can admire the uncultivated land and wild creatures. 

Glaciers, fjords and gigantic mountain peaks abound the region making it naturally perfect for a vacation stopover while on a cruise ship.  Legends say that the fjord, created by the Demi-god Tu Te Raki Whanoa, was carved out with the help of his adze named Te Hamo.


Several retail stores and shops in Fiordland sell a wide variety of souvenir items. Ranging from handicrafts, native bags and beads, fancy jewelries, silver jewelries and local shrubs and vegetation, these souvenir items are easy on the travel budget. Fiordland Nurseries and Kiwi Country are shops frequented by tourists seeking to bring home souvenirs. Both are located near the town center; this provides easy access from the Fiordland National park cruise terminal. For more branded clothes and gifts, a visit to the Fab and Finesse Retail store in 66 Town Center, Te Anau would be the perfect choice. 

Things to See

Since the land is a varied and rugged terrain, it is perfect for hiking and biking. The mountain ranges of the Kepler and Murchison Mountains create the perfect background for walking that encourages you to keep going; it is quite invigorating. Large beautiful lakes and rivers like the Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri and Lake Monowai present perfect sites for swimming, boating and kayaking. 

Restaurants and Bars

Lamb and venison are authentic ingredients that make a dish of pure New Zealander cuisine. The Kepler’s Restaurant in 23 Town Center in Te Anau serves roasted lamb with fresh vegetables and fruits. With a good wine selection that accompanies the meal, it would be a perfect setting for fine dining. For a more casual dining, the Hollyford Boulevard Restaurant and Winebar is a good place to start your day. Offering café style dishes, the Hollyford is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 pm. 

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