Southland is home to New Zealand’s largest, and arguably most spectacular national park, Fiordland, one of the southern hemisphere’s great wilderness regions. Thanks to Air New Zealand’s recent route addition of direct flights from Auckland to Invercargill, Fiordland is now on your back doorstep.
Fiordland has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features, exceptional beauty and role in demonstrating the earth’s evolutionary history. Home to Mitre Peak, the stunning fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, the beautiful lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri as well as the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks, it can be safely said that Fiordland is ‘beyond belief’.
Why not book yourself and your travel companions on the two-hour Auckland to Invercargill flight direct. That’s right, no need to stop over in Wellington or Christchurch any more for, six months ago, Invercargill Airport became the first regional airport in New Zealand to host a regular jet service with direct flights to Auckland.
Te Anau and Manapouri are a scenic two-hour drive away by car or bus on the Southern Scenic Route. Along the way explore the remote Wairaurahiri River by jet boat, stop and feed the alpacas in Manapouri and soak up the stunning Southern vistas. Both Te Anau and Manapouri host a range of accommodation and dining options to make it an easy two to three night stay in the area while you explore all the region has to offer.
When the inaugural flight from Auckland touched down on Sunday, 26 August 2019, it signalled the start of an exciting new chapter for Southland’s connectivity. With these flights, Fiordland has never been closer.
So take advantage of this amazing opportunity, book your flight (Grabaseat offers return flights from as little as $160) and explore Fiordland – you won’t want to miss out!