Heres a few tips for anyone visiting fiordland
Don't let the sandflies scare ya off, they're friendly little buggers.. If you use deet, it doesn't matter on the concentration just that is has some. Deet is designed for mossies not sandflies though so it doesn't work that well. None of the herbal/natural repellents work at all. The sandflies do go away after dark so you can sit under the stars worry free. You could try and make some sort of flyscreen for your deck
hatches/vents/doorway because you really don't want them inside at dawn.
Rumour has it Te-hine-nui-te-po gave us the sandflies to keep us from being lazy!
I've lived in Milford Sound for ten years and they still bite me but I don't get an itch anymore.
If you decide to cruise
Fiordland get a copy of Mana cruising clubs - A boaties guide to Fiordland.
It is a bit out of date but pretty good.
Heres some general tips.
Its not uncommon to have 40kts coming down the narrower fiords on a sunny afternoon.
If it is blowing 30kts outside the fiords it will be blowing 50 inside at the narrow parts
In the winter it is not uncommon to have 25-30kts SE coming out of the fiords and nothing in between them.
in the winter is more settled, and the sandflies are a lot easier to deal with.
The steep walls create crazy whirly-walls and wind
fronts from all directions - even straight up.
Look out for logs
, especially if there have been high tides/storms. Some float straight up and down.
Look out for crayfish bouys they can be anywhere.
contact with Taupo doesn't generally work in the fiords.
Fisherman don't bite especially if you feed them beer
. They do start work bloody early though if you share an anchorage with them.
The fiords to the north are the steepest and narrowest, the landscape changes gradually to flatter and broader the further south you go.
The northern fiords are more dramatic and remote
(except milford) but the southern fiords have more to explore and better anchorages
are generally deep. So have lots of rode
I see anywhere between 15-30 cruising yachts every year. So its pretty quiet.
Thats all I can think of at the moment. Its a beautiful place that you will never forget if you visit, I moved into Fiordland National Park when I was 18 to save some cash to go overseas. I'm 29 and still here.