Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland, which your clients can get to by road or air. There are plenty of ways for visitors to explore this beautiful area – including from the water, air, or by hiking one of the many walkways.

By Road

To get to Fiordland, and to access Milford and Doubtful Sounds and the Fiordland National Park walking tracks, your clients will need to get to Te Anau.

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:




Approx Drive Time

Te Anau to Invercargill



2 hours 25 mins

Te Anau to Milford Sound



2 hours 30 mins

Te Anau to Queenstown



2 hours 30 mins

Te Anau to Dunedin



4 hours 15 mins


Your clients can get around the South Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers

Driving Routes
Take the Southern Scenic Route to reach Fiordland through Te Anau, as well as Southland and Coastal Otago. This will also take clients to Milford Sound, with an option to take a different route to Christchurch along the east coast.

By Air

You can reach Te Anau airport through Queenstown, which has both domestic and international flights arriving.

Airlines flying into Queenstown include:
Air New Zealand
Virgin Australia

Airlines flying into Te Anau include:
Air Fiordland

Clients can also take scenic flights using Wings and Water.

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Te Anau to Queenstown

30 mins


Getting to and from the airport
Te Anau airport is approximately 20 minutes from Te Anau town centre.

There are various transport options available to the town centre, including taxis (approx $25).

Queenstown airport also offers a range of hire cars.

Getting Around Fiordland

Getting around Fiordland is mainly by road. However, the Southern Scenic Route is also a journey undertaken by cyclists.

There are also scenic tours available on coach and minibus with some offering personalised options. A lot of the tours depart from Te Anau each day.

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