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Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Fiordland National Park?

You should plan to spend around $98 (NZ$163) per day on your vacation in Fiordland National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 (NZ$39) on meals
  • $42 (NZ$70) on local transportation
  • $97 (NZ$161) on hotels

A one week trip to Fiordland National Park for two people costs, on average, $1,366 (NZ$2,278). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Fiordland National Park cost?

A one week trip to Fiordland National Park usually costs around $683 (NZ$1,139) for one person and $1,366 (NZ$2,278) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Fiordland National Park on average costs around $1,366 (NZ$2,278) for one person and $2,731 (NZ$4,555) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Fiordland National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Fiordland National Park on average costs around $2,926 (NZ$4,880) for one person and $5,853 (NZ$9,761) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Fiordland National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Fiordland National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Fiordland National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Fiordland National Park is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Paihia, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Sydney.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Fiordland National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Fiordland National Park?

The average Fiordland National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Fiordland National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NZ$161 ($97)
Local Transportation 1 NZ$70 ($42)
Food 2 NZ$39 ($23)
Entertainment 1 NZ$34 ($20)
Alcohol 2 NZ$7 - 20 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Fiordland National Park
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Fiordland National Park is $48 (NZ$81). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Fiordland National Park is $97 (NZ$161). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Fiordland National Park

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Transportation Budget in Fiordland National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Fiordland National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $42 (NZ$70) per person, per day, on local transportation in Fiordland National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Fiordland National Park
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Rental Cars in Fiordland National Park
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Food Budget in Fiordland National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Fiordland National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Fiordland National Park is $23 (NZ$39) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Fiordland National Park should cost around $9.25 (NZ$15) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Fiordland National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Fiordland National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Fiordland National Park typically cost an average of $20 (NZ$34) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Fiordland National Park
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  • The average person spends about $8.14 (NZ$14) on alcoholic beverages in Fiordland National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Fiordland National Park On a Budget
Fiordland National Park Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
One of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's largest park, as well as one of the largest in the world. Although it may be the largest, it is the least explored park in the country. The park takes up the southwest region of the south island. The Department of Conservation manages the park (like all of the other parks in the country) and they try to keep development minimal in efforts to protect the environment and manage human activity. When visiting the park, prepare for rain as the park as over 200 days of rain per year.
Milford and Doubtful Sound are two incredible sights in Fiordland National Park. A sound is a large inlet of the sea larger than a bay and wider than a fjord. On your way into (and out of) Milford Sound, you will pass through the Homer Tunnel, which is about 0.75 miles long. It was once the largest gravel-surfaced tunnel in the world but has undergone some transformations since then. The tunnel is surrounded by astounding views from the valley of the Hollyford River.

Lake Te Anau is another sight within Fiordland National Park worth seeing. It is the second largest lake in New Zealand. The lake is the starting point of two different New Zealand Great Walks: the Milford Track and the Kepler Track.
Fiordland National Park takes up the southwest region of the South Island in New Zealand. There are four main destinations throughout the park: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Manapouri, and Doubtful Sound. In Milford Sound, there are only a few places to stay, but a good amount of campsites. While visiting Milford Sound, and most other places in the park, it is imperative that you bring bug repellent and netting to cover you up, as the sandflies in this area are extremely aggravating. Te Anau is the last town where you can stop for gas before getting into Milford so be sure to fill up the gas tank here. There are a few accommodations in town, a grocery store, and restaurants. Most people use Te Anau as the last stop before driving two hours into Milford Sound, so it is the best place to stock up on food, gear, and gas.

Manapouri is similar to Te Anau in that it is the gateway to Doubtful and Dusky Sound. Doubtful Sound (actually a fiord) is another incredible area in the park where you can take cruises, kayak, hike, and see wildlife. Doubtful sound is much larger than Milford Sound, and less crowded too. There are not many accommodations here; you can either stay at the Deep Cove Hostel or sleep aboard a cruise ship for the night!

This park is neighbored by Mount Aspiring National Park. Queenstown is a large town on the outskirts of the park. Many remote trekking excursions leave from Queenstown. Near Queenstown are a few ski fields if you happen to be visiting in the winter; they are Cadrona and Treble Cone.

Take a cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound. At Milford, there are mostly day trip cruises that take you along the sound, underneath a waterfall, and out to where the sound meets the sea. The three main cruise companies are Cruise Milford NZ, Milford Deep Underwater Observatory, and Real Journeys. The latter actually offers an overnight cruise if you wish to do that. In Doubtful Sound, you can take day cruises or overnight cruises with Real Journeys or Fiordland Cruises. These both include kayaking trips around the fiord. Whales, dolphins, penguins, and other wildlife tend to make appearances on these cruises.

Hiking is a very popular activity in Fiordland National Park. There are tons of trails throughout the park that can be done independently or with a guide. Two of the Great Walks are located in this park: The Milford Track and The Kepler Track. Both of these take a few days to complete, so you will want to be well prepared if you plan on doing these. Other great trails are the Hollyford Track, the Hump Ridge Track, and Lake Marion.
Food and Dining
Te Anau and Manapouri are the best places to go if you are looking to dine in a restaurant or cafe. Sandfly Cafe, La Toscana, and Redcliffe Cafe are three great options in Te Anau. In Manapouri, you can eat at the Manapouri Lakeview Cafe. As stated earlier, there aren't many options for food in either Milford or Doubtful Sound. If you are staying at the Milford Lodge, there is a kitchen available for use of guests if you bring your own groceries. The hostel also has a restaurant, but the food is pretty pricey. In Doubtful Sound, there are a few places to get food and if you do an overnight cruise food is included and it is very tasty!

State Highway 94 will take you to the park, via rental car or bus, from Queenstown or Invercargill. Intercity or Atomic Shuttle will get you to Queenstown or Te Anau, which is the main center in the park. If you wish to visit Doubtful Sound you will need to get to Manapouri and from there a coach associated with your tour company will drive you to the ship. Intercity will get you from Te Anau to Manapouri and vice versa. Once in the park, you can get around by bus. The main areas in the park are pretty far away from each other so walking is really only an option once you are in a specific location.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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