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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!

Milford Sound: Our 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 insect repellant. (DEFINITELY DO NOT forget the insect repellant!) You should probably take your camera too!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Always open.
  • What is the price?
    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.
  • Additional tips
    • 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

Well presented and informative tour, comfortable coach and driver.

Great value, informative tour which was well presented. Definitely will highly recommend it to my fellow travelers in the US.

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau Reviewed by william, 12/03/2016

Well looked after with experienced coach guide.

All our needs were catered for and he fully explained why had to take extra passengers on the coach on the return journey. He is a good front for the company

Southern Discovery does a great job to show and teach what you expect

The tour to and from Milford sound from Queenstown is breathtaking. I took hundreds of pictures. Southern Discovery provided a shuttle service from the hotel to the bus before the tour and from the bus to the hotel after the tour. The bus was new, had windows on the roof and USB to recharge your Smartphone on the 13 hours tour. The driver Mike did an exceptional job : very safety conscious, clear instructions and varied teaching all the way to Milford sound (300 km to drive from Queenstown). This tour was definitively a highlight of my stay in New Zealand.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/23/2016

AMAZING, especially the plane ride with the views...

We went to Queenstown mainly to do the plane tour and the cruise on Milford Sound. We were quite lucky since the weather and some last minute changes allowed us to achieve our goal. The views are amazing and this is a must do.

Milford Sound Flight and Cruise Reviewed by Josee, 11/23/2016

Really beautiful landscape and nice weather

Everything's fine, good presentation of the guide tour about the different places.

Encounter Nature Cruise in Milford Sound Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/31/2016

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Milford Sound
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