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Top 5 ways to experience 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?

Boat

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

Kayak tours are great for exploring the nooks and crannies that bigger boats can't reach. Perfect for seeing dolphins, seals, and even penguins!

Hike

Milford Sound is rife with hiking trails for all ability levels, so anyone can discover its mountainous panoramas and lush vegetation for themselves!

Flight

Not the cheapest options of course, but light plane and helicopter tours reveal the time-sculpted landscape at its most awe-inspiring!

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Dive

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!

Our insider tips

Best time to visit?

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!

What to wear?

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.

What to bring?

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!

Good to know

  • 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

Scenery sensational. Driver was informative and stopped often for pics

Bucket list trip . Was looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. Scenery was bombarding us at every turn and the driver stopped often for photos and a blurb about the area.. A very long trip overall but vey much worth every penny.Recommended

Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown Reviewed by margaret & Alan, 09/14/2018

Comfortable tour with an excellent guide

Was fortunate to have a small group - it was just me and another family of 3. We had a minivan, which was more comfortable than a big bus. It was very clean. My guide, Douglas, was excellent and very helpful. We made many stops on the way to Milford for photos or small walks. Boat trip was also excellent on a modern boat. Would highly recommend doing this in the winter if you can catch a good weather day. Would use this tour company again.

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau Reviewed by Bradley, 08/11/2018

Great tour. Very personal and a very nice guide.

We were lucky and got a VIP tour since no one else was on this trip. It was just us three and our guide Geoff. He was very good at his job. We got lot‘s of information about the area and the people living here. Everything was organized very well. I definitely recommend this tour.

Overall it was a good experience. Lots of comfort & sightseeing stops

Disappointed in food choice on boat (2 sandwich options) and junk food. Buffet was outrageously priced. It would have been nice to have the choice to purchase a box lunch since we were on the excursion for 12 hrs. Luckily we brought our own snacks. Lots of comfort/sightseeing stops.

Magical experience from start to finish.

Yes, we were unbelievably lucky with the weather but everything else was impeccably organised, friendly and professional. Our pilot Tom, was great and the flight was amazing as was the cruise. Ok, it’s not cheap but it is well worth the money, every single cent.

Milford Sound Flight and Cruise Reviewed by Jim, 04/12/2018

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