Fiordland is in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s South Island and is a breathtaking Alpine oasis you won’t want to miss. This magical natural wonderland is crowded with snow-covered Alps and unparalleled lakes and valleys, courtesy of thousands of years of melting glaciers crisscrossing the land. For the outdoor lovers, there’s no competition when it comes to tours by boat, horse, or foot. Fiordland has heaps of fiords and highlands to explore by whatever mode of transportation suits your fancy. From waterfalls to tranquil lakes and caves, Fiordland is a natural playground to satisfy your curiosity for outdoor adventure. Gorgeous at any time of the year, Fiordland is particularly enchanting during winter, when the snowy mountains display their most brilliant faces. Virtually untouched by human inhabitation, Fiordland is one of the last wild vistas in southern New Zealand. If you want to get off the grid and get your feet dirty, Fiordland should be top your list of winter holiday destinations. This unforgettable spot is a can’t-miss trip for the hiking and adventure enthusiast. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!
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With the Southland Museum and Art Gallery's building and exhibitions now unfortunately closed to the public, it is still a fascinating place to go and view one of New Zealand's most unique native reptiles.
The Tuatarium (as they call it) is proclaimed to be one of the world’s best enclosures. Being a much warmer environment than outdoor enclosures, especially in the winter months, you are more likely to see a live tuatara at this special enclosure. Tuatara are cold-blooded and more active in warmer habitats.
The Southland Museum cares for over 100 tuatara, all at different stages of development; from new born babies to teenagers, to the world famous Henry, who is over 110 years old. Incidentally, Henry holds the world record for living in captivity for over 46 years.
Tuatara can be viewed from the outside of the museum building through the windows on the north side of the pyramid.
Several hours need to be put aside to explore Queens Park, the 81ha jewel in the centre of Invercargill which is recognised as one of the most important parks in New Zealand. The park has an 18-hole golf course, a botanical garden, an aviary and sports grounds. It is also the home to the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and the Southland Astronomical Society Observatory.
The park has plenty to offer sportspeople and those keen on keeping fit. The 4km fitness trail which winds its way around the park, will test the energetic and encourage others to have some fun. Twenty exercise stations are signposted with directions for appropriate use.
The park is a mecca for those who enjoy the natural and the planned. Its numerous gardens and botanical attractions provide vibrant displays whatever the season.
There is plenty of space for running around; lots of places to explore and a popular playground; a waterpark; and a hydraulic swing which allows children with disabilities to experience the joy and freedom of a playground swing without leaving their wheelchair.
The Park does not forget its history. Once a grazing block for cattle and the site of the Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s shows in the 1880s, the park now contains an animal reserve, which provides both a recreational and educational role as a farmyard corner. Rabbits, guinea pigs, domestic fowl and guinea fowl thrive in their enclosures, and more exotic animals such as wallaby, alpaca and ostrich, attract much attention.
Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of our purpose-built scenic cruise vessels.
At the entry to the caves at Cavern House, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you join your guide underground. On the tour of the caves, our friendly guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history.
This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. 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, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.
Mirror Lakes is a great place to stretch your legs during the drive to Milford Sound. Let's face it, you're going to one of the most magical places in New Zealand, but these lakes along the way are a nice warm up to what's coming. The small lakes provide crazily good reflective views of the Earl Mountains. There's also waterfowl and wetland plants seen against a backdrop of beech forest. This is an easy walk suited to all ages and accessible to wheelchairs, so pull over, and unravel those limbs!
Fiordland is an experience never to be forgotten and we want to be a part of that fantastic memory by offering you a stopover destination with facilities and a relaxed environment. Our park is specifically designed to accommodate and cater to campervans, motorhomes and caravans. So if you are looking for a friendly and relaxed environment with stunning scenery alongside like-minded people, then this is the place for you.
Our motorhome and caravan park is well groomed and laid out with large parking sites with each individual site bordered by trees and supplied with access to its own water supply. We cater to all our guest's individual requirements with a mixture of powered and unpowered sites of varying sizes to handle vehicle combinations of any length or dimension. We have a communal kitchen, dining, lounge, bathroom and laundry facilities. We have a playground on site and a barbecue area. We have a WiFi kiosk where you can pay to get online.
Come join us and meet like-minded guests, you won't be disappointed and we look forward to meeting you.
Before the road from Riverton was formed, a slipway was built at the island so that boats (being the only means of delivering supplies) could be unloaded.
On the shore nearby in the late 1860s the township consisted of numerous homes, three stores, a hotel and a butcher's shop. Today, Monkey Island is a pleasant camping and picnic spot surrounded by lush farmland.
A "Monkey Winch" was used to haul boats ashore and it is presumed that this is the reason it is called Monkey Island.
Monkey Island is renowned for its magnificent sunsets. Nearby is an outstanding original homestead called 'The Turrets.'
At low tide, Monkey Island can be reached by foot. A stairway leads to the top of the island, where there is a great view of the bay and the mountains of Fiordland. It's a great place for kids to enjoy the beach, but beware of incoming tides.
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