Why Fiordland is the perfect retreat

31 May 2019

A mini break in Fiordland does wonders for the soul. Even just 3 days here will replenish you in a way you never thought possible. It’s a place where you can easily lose track of time because there is such overwhelming natural beauty here that you can’t help but stop, stare and savour the moment.

It’s a really enjoyable way of being - all this lingering and appreciation of the simple things that we often take for granted in the busyness of everyday life.

With its glacial carved fiords, majestic waterfalls, lush rainforests and pristine lakes, the scale and magnitude of Fiordland really allows us to surrender to its allure. A perfect retreat at the ends of the earth – you’re guaranteed to come away feeling inspired and reinvigorated like never before.

 

Walk this way

Out of the daily grind, with no meetings to rush to, it’s time to adjust to a slower pace of life for that well overdue break you know you deserve. With three New Zealand Great Walks in this world-heritage area, Fiordland is best enjoyed powered by your own two feet. You can take your pick between the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Tracks, each offers a range of different environments that you can explore on your own or in a guided tour. Fresh air and some exercise in the great outdoors is always a good recipe for a good night’s slumber.

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The serene Routeburn Track by @ashleeesummers

 

Wilderness escape

Trade in screen time at the office for Fiordland’s wildlife – there’s just something so serene about being in the green. From the skies above, the waters below and amidst the native bush, you’ll have your pick of the pack for wildlife spotting in Fiordland. Friendly winged friends such as the cheeky kea, tuis and fantails are abound as well as bottle nose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins.

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A Kea Watching the Sunrise at the Kepler Track. Phot by @tonipaltridge

 

Seclusion

Sitting at the edge of the lower South Island, Fiordland does take some effort to get to. And its remote location means you may not always have mobile phone coverage - which is perfect for those looking for a retreat. Disconnect. Unplug. Fiordland time means more time for you. With approximately 2,000 permanent residents spread across New Zealand’s largest national park, Fiordland is a far-flung haven that allows visitors to take things down a notch to stop and smell the roses.

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Lone Explorer in Fiordland. Photo by @jeffery__ward  

 

Southland hospitality

Although a Fiordland getaway offers plenty of out of this world scenery, there’s really something about the people here that feels like home. Southland hospitality is something this part of New Zealand is renowned for and a tribute to the locals who can’t wait to share this piece of paradise with you. Experience its unspoiled wilderness and connect with the locals – Fiordland is that hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. You’ll also find comfortable accommodation and great local fare so you can eat, sleep and be merry.

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