Get closer for longer on an all-inclusive nature cruise of Milford Sound. Discover more on a 3-hour cruise that includes a visit to the Milford Sound…
Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Milford Sound’s natural wonders with a fun crew on a leisurely and extended 2-hour cruise. Glorious on a fine day,…
Discover the wildlife and waterfalls of Milford Sound on a nature cruise by purpose-built catamaran. Marvel at the majesty of Mitre Peak, get…
Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a relaxed 2-hour cruise. Travel comfortably by coach from Queenstown and benefit from the engaging…
Discover Milford Sound on a fun and interactive cruise aboard an uncrowded, modern catamaran. Enjoy amazing views of waterfalls, wildlife, and…
Experience the beauty of Milford Sound up close aboard a luxury boat. Enjoy an entertaining commentary from the onboard nature guide, feel the thrill…
Be whisked to Milford Sound by comfortable glass-roof coach for a 2-hour nature cruise including a delicious lunch. Enjoy the magnificent scenery,…
Take part in an exciting day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau. Travel by coach, cruise, and on foot to explore spectacular alpine scenery.…
Catch the sunrise, avoid the crowds, and be back in time for Happy Hour aboard the "Sunriser". Take in the stunning views and wonderful wildlife as…
New Zealand's breathtaking fjord is one of the world's top destinations. Rudyard Kipling once described it as the 8th Wonder of the World, and he hadn't even seen it in all the ways available to you! Which of these takes your fancy?
From Mitre Peak to the waterfalls and rainforest, a scenic cruise of the fjord is the best way to capture its magnificence on camera!
Kayak tours are great for exploring the nooks and crannies that bigger boats can't reach. Perfect for seeing dolphins, seals, and even penguins!
Milford Sound is rife with hiking trails for all ability levels, so anyone can discover its mountainous panoramas and lush vegetation for themselves!
Not the cheapest options of course, but light plane and helicopter tours reveal the time-sculpted landscape at its most awe-inspiring!
Milford Sound is arguably the most beautiful place on earth, and that's only above the water! Hire a diving instructor to help reveal the dazzling secrets beneath it!
Peak Season is around the new year when New Zealand's South Island is at its warmest. It never gets hot per se, but if your priority is avoiding the crowds and high prices then go in fall between March and May. Beware though, Milford Sound is one of the wettest inhabited places in the world, and the rain can be freezing in spring and fall, even on warm days!
Be sure to bring a good rain coat and sturdy, waterproof walking boots, even if you're not going on a hike. Remember that rain is part of the experience! Wrap up warm if you're going on a cruise. If you're not, it's worth packing a few extra layers anyway just in case the temperatures drop suddenly.
We recommend that you pack light, but bring a water bottle, protection against the sun, and most importantly, insect repellant. You should probably take your camera too!
- When should I visit?Always open.
- Is it expensive?Ticket prices vary based on the type of activities possible, like kayaking, boating and flying.
- Will I need a guide?A guided tour of the area is a great idea and there are many options and activities available!
- How to get thereMilford Sound is 295km from Queenstown and 121km from Te Anau. It is a 5-hour journey from Queenstown and can be challenging to get to at times, so taking a tour is recommended.
- Additional information
- Be prepared for rapid changes in weather, insects and sun exposure!
- Pack light, but make sure you have water and a couple layers of clothing.
What people are saying about Milford Sound
The bus drive to and from TeAnau to Milford Sound was just as good with a great driver ensuring passengers were well informed. Milford Sound cruise was great but the boat captain could not be heard over the loudspeaker due to poor system and him softly spoken. The scenery was excellent and the boat stopped at various places to give us a close look at various photo points.
Walk for 4 hours along the Milford track. Walk was lovely, but could have walked the whole track if we were aware there was 4 day hiking expedition available. However, the route we travelled was good, easy going. Would recommend and to consider the 4 day hike. But book early as they sell out very fast!
The tour of the Sound on the great ferry was wonderful. It was brilliant. Didn’t realise that lunch was served immediately upon boarding the boat at 11.30 - would have skipped morning tea, as the food was fabulous
The best tour we have ever been on. From the moment we were picked up by our guide Andrew (spot on time!) We knew we were in for a treat. A mixed age group of 11 people, Andrew gave us really interesting commentary on our ride to Milford Sound. A good packaged lunch was provided and we sailed on the majestic schooner Milford Wanderer. Great and interesting commentary was provided by the guide on board. Back on our mini bus we set off, stopping at various points of interest, to the dropping off the hardy walkers for a 2.5 hr climb/hike to the top of Key Summit. For those of us left Andrew took us to several places and finally to a lovely lake and short walk thru the forest. Andrew was a mine of information, both on the history of the area and the flora/fauna. Just so interesting. I really reccommend this tour and company.
I would recommend the trip and the company as we were mesmerized by the driver skills and amazing story telling skills of our guide Greg. We are leaving this very picturesque country with far more details than we expected that will bring us back. We will recommend GoOrange to all our friends who will visit New Zealand.