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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

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

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

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

Flight

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

Dive
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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

The bus driver Mike had extremely informative commentary throughout.

We have had numerous tours but this bus tour was among the best if not the best tour ever, in spite of the rainy weather! The boat captain was excellent, but the lousy weather took away from the experience...

Paul was more than a driver, a master of the Sound (Fiordland)

SPECTACULAR. Cozy bus with good views, driver Paul made sure we maximized our time, with smart stops for prized pics. Also his deep knowledge of land and history makes him a real Dagg!! One jar of Fig jam for sure! THANK YOU -

Nice Clean bus and new cruise boat. Awesome Experience.

Bus driver was friendly and a good guide, emparting some great insights on NZ history and culture.

Despite (but also because of!) heavy rain it was a most enjoyable day.

I’d love to say in particular how much we appreciated the knowledgeable commentary of,our guide, Tom, who provided among other things an excellent summary of much early NZ history.

Te Anau: Milford Sound 2-Hour Cruise & Scenic Coach Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/07/2019

Milford Air went out of their way to get us to Milford Sound

Congratulations Air Milford .. Your service is sensational! Thankyou for a magical day.

Milford Sound Flight and Cruise Reviewed by Suzanne and Robert, 01/07/2019

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