Discover the wildlife and waterfalls of Milford Sound on a nature cruise by purpose-built catamaran. Marvel at the majesty of Mitre Peak, get…
Join us for a picturesque cruise through beautiful Milford Sound, deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island. Take in…
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,…
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…
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…
Experience the beauty of Milford Sound up close aboard a luxury boat. Enjoy an entertaining commentary from the onboard nature guide, feel the thrill…
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…
Be whisked to Milford Sound by comfortable glass-roof coach for a 2-hour nature cruise including a delicious lunch. Enjoy the magnificent scenery,…
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery in the warmth and comfort of a luxury coach with glass rooftop as you travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound,…
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 there
- Milford 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
Very glad I choose to fly to Milford Sound instead of doing the whole day bus trip. Very efficient operation from pick up to drop off. No waiting around. No over energetic annoying tourism staff trying to oversell the experience. Pilot was great, providing just the right amount of information without being distracting which allowed us to soak in the amazing landscape. Cruise was also great. Beautiful waterfalls, snow capped mountains and plenty of Dolphins and seals coming out to play.
Bus driver was informative and friendly, but tour was supposed to leave at 9:30 am and return to Te Anau at 5:30 pm. Instead we left at 9:50 am and returned to Te Anau at 4:30 pm. We had 3 picturesque stops, and really loved Mirror Lake. However we didn't get to make all the stops as we would have missed the boat ride. Great boat ride - left on time, lots of food options available at a reasonable price. Gorgeous views and a comfortable very enjoyable boat ride.
I especially appreciated our guide Sam who was informed and entertaining throughout the trip. He is a safe and careful driver too, which really helped for those of us not used to driving on high mountain roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Queenstown, as it has been a high point of my trip here. Thanks again to our guide and driver Sam, who did an amazing job.
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.
The bus driver was very experienced, informative. There was a family with a baby that kept crying in the bus on the way which made it uncomfortable sometimes. When I mentioned this to the bus driver, he did help. Picnic lunch was a healthy option.