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Milford Sound
Travel Guide

Majestic sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls and abundant marine life make this beautiful sound one of New Zealand’s most prized destinations. 

Marvel at snow-capped peaks and cliffs that rise straight out of the water, get close enough to feel the spray of thundering waterfalls and look out for dolphins and sea birds at awe-inspiring Milford Sound. Experience the rugged natural surroundings with a kayak or enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a boat.

Milford Sound is a year-round destination. On clear days, take in pristine views of the symmetrical Mitre Peak reflected in the still water. When it rains, the waterfalls are thunderous and the clouds that hug the cliffs create a mystical atmosphere.

Without doubt, the best way to explore the sound is from the water. Several operators run boat tours, which vary in length from a couple of hours to overnight cruises. For a more intimate experience with nature, join a kayak tour. Catch a glimpse of dolphins, penguins, fur seals and an array of sea birds as you paddle.

During boat and kayak tours, your guide will take you past the sound’s major highlights, including some spectacular waterfalls and the iconic Mitre Peak. This perfectly shaped cone is the tallest of the mountains in Milford Sound and stands at 5,551 feet (1,692 meters).

Be sure to check out the Milford Sound Discovery Centre. The underwater observatory plunges 33 feet (10 meters) into the fiord and you can spy a variety of fish, as well as rare tube anemones and deep-water corals through the glass. On the upper floor, interactive videos and displays investigate the history and ecosystems of Milford Sound. A small café is located near the parking area.

The closest town to Milford Sound is Te Anau, which can be reached in just over 2-hours’ drive down a scenic road. Regular buses also run from Queenstown, although this is a 6-hour journey. Accommodation in Milford Sound ranges from luxury chalets to tent sites. It’s a good idea to book your trip in advance during summer.

Fiordland Discovery
Fiordland Discovery
4 out of 5
Berth 5, Milford Wharf, Milford Sound
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This vessel pulls anchor and sets sail from Milford Sound for at least part of your stay.

4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)

"This was easily the highlight of a trip full of highlights. The staff was incredible, made us feel like royalty. The food was top notch, and the boat was breathtaking. Our original trip to Milford Sound had to be moved to Doubtful Sound due to a road outage. The owners went above and beyond to make ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020

Fiordland Discovery
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Quest Invercargill Serviced Apartments
Quest Invercargill Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Dee & Tay Streets, 10 Dee Street, Invercargill
The price is £72 per night from 5 Apr to 6 Apr

Located in Invercargill City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Classic Motorcycle Mecca and Civic Theatre. Queens Park and Bill Richardson ...

4.4/5Excellent! (429 reviews)

"Property standard has been considerably improved since my last stay. Staff extremely polite and very helpful. Would totally recommend to others."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2020

Quest Invercargill Serviced Apartments
Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
4.5 out of 5
77 Manapouri - Te Anau Highway, Te Anau
The price is £37 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and Lake Te Anau. Fiordland National Park ...

4.2/5Excellent! (683 reviews)
fantastic stay

"Great accommodation. Clean and functional room. Nice people at reception. Parking right outside room. Peaceful atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2020

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
4.5 out of 5
129 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau
The price is £39 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Situated on the riverfront, this campsite is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Te Wahipounamu and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Lake Te Anau. Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ...

3.7/5Good! (170 reviews)

"Absolutely lovely staff! We will be back, thank you for being so flexible with our family"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park
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