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…
Discover the wildlife and waterfalls of Milford Sound on a nature cruise by purpose-built catamaran. Marvel at the majesty of Mitre Peak, get…
Enjoy a personalized premium tour, enabling more stops and a better connection with Milford Sound. Enjoy a premium late morning cruise and skip the…
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…
Experience the beauty of Milford Sound up close aboard a luxury boat. Enjoy an entertaining commentary from the onboard nature guide, feel the thrill…
Climb aboard a smaller boat for a 2-hour scenic cruise of Milford Sound. Navigate closer to the shoreline and get right up close to cascading…
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…
Journey to the spectacular Milford Sound on a day trip from Te Anau to enjoy an extended nature cruise along the fiord to the Tasman Sea.
Be whisked to Milford Sound by comfortable glass-roof coach for a 2-hour nature cruise including a delicious lunch. Enjoy the magnificent scenery,…
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
We were picked up from our hotel (Mercure). The coach was quite comfy. The commentary was quite slow but informative too. There were a good number of stops for some gorgeous photos. The refreshment stop was quite cool and there were decent vegetarian options and there were friendly alpacas around too. The cruise was pretty straightforward and we spent most of the time on the deck. The commentary on the cruise is not as audible on the deck but the views are spectacular (we had sunny weather all through - saw a few juvenile seals lazing around on the rocks, no dolphins though). There are some basic meals available on board for vegetarians but you can't pay by cards that don't have details embossed (I paid later at the counter). They offer an optional helicopter or plane ride back to Queenstown provided weather is good. Perfect all round for romance and photography since the entire journey is quite breathtaking
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.
The highlight of my trip to New Zealand. Even though it was pouring rain the whole trip it was still the most amazing experience. The waterfalls were beautiful and we were even given the opportunity to go beneath one. The captain was a wealth of knowledge and did everything in his power to ensure the trip was still amazing for us despite the chaotic weather. Cannot recommend this cruise enough, it is a must do!
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 coach trip was great. Very informative with great local knowledge (it was a shame half the coach was asleep and therefore missed it) we felt safe and comfortable. Amazing views. Definitely worth the trip. The cruise around Milford sound was amazing too. We chose to fly back at the last minute. Topped off the best day ever. Would definitely recommend the flight back.