Be whisked to Milford Sound by comfortable glass-roof coach for a 2-hour nature cruise including a delicious lunch. Enjoy the magnificent scenery,…
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 the best of Milford Sound with a leisurely nature cruise. Informative, interactive, and more relaxed, a nature cruise is a perfect way to…
Be taken to Milford Sound from Te Anau while you sit back, relax and take in the jaw-dropping scenery and informative commentary. The local driver…
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…
Discover Milford Sound on a fun and interactive cruise aboard an uncrowded, modern catamaran. Enjoy amazing views of waterfalls, wildlife, and…
Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Milford Sound’s natural wonders with a fun crew on a leisurely and extended 2-hour cruise. Glorious on a fine day,…
Go further, get closer, and discover more on this up-to-3-hour tour of Milford Sound. See it all on your cruise, including the Milford Sound…
Take part in an exciting day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau. Travel by coach, cruise, and on foot to explore spectacular alpine 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 so lucky - sunny day and only a bit of wind the further out we got. Such an amazing place to visit. We will be back. The crew were very helpful and their knowledge of the area was great. Its nice to learn about your own country when visiting different places. Some wildlife out and about to view and we really loved seeing the native landscape and waterfalls.
There weren't enough people to travel on the cruise, so we were given the option of attending a partner cruise (Mitre Peak) at the same time or a JUCY cruise later that afternoon. We went with Mitre Peak and their service was excellent. The actual cruise itself was also awesome - breathtaking views and not at all packed with people.
Bus driver had exceptional knowledge of the area & shared endless info for the whole duration of the drive there. We also stopped at some amazing locations along the way! The boat trip was beautiful and we also got the chance to see some wildlife! The picnic lunch was also much better than expected. Can’t fault this tour at all!
What a tremendous experience it was to visit this truly amazing wonder of nature. We took our Granddaughter and we all had our breath taken away. Staff were friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable . I can now tick this off my bucket list
It's definitely the highlight of my first Queenstown trip! I enjoyed every bit of it. Beautiful and worth every penny. A must see when you travel the South Island. Even the coach ride was fantastic and very informative!