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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

Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 2,670 reviews

Hands down one of the best experiences of my life. Thoroughly enjoyed all of the tour and such great value for money. It was great being able to relax and take in all of the scenery, while also having plenty of time at each stop to take photos. The coach driver was very knowledgeable and you could see that he was passionate about the area and really looked after all of the passengers. Loved learning all about the area and it's history and would highly recommend to others from New Zealand and abroad. Feeling incredibly lucky that this piece of paradise is home.

From Te Anau: 1-Day Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Reviewed by

Cruise and crew were very friendly and helpful. The detailed commentary from the guide about milford, native plants, waterfalls was great. It was enjoyable cruise regardless of very bad weather on 31st Nov. Kids loved it too.. we saw the seals too.. very much recommended. We would have loved the walk from parking to the terminal more had it not been pouring on that day. Regardless we had a lovely time. Thank you!

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Optional Lunch Reviewed by

An amazing trip with the best Guide! Funny and Quirky was a great time! Super fun and informative! Plenty of stops to overcome tiredness the bus (from someone who has motion sickness) Alongside more than enough time to enjoy the views in the hotspots and take photos and just take in the nature and scene!

Milford Sound Full Day Tour from Queenstown Reviewed by

Coach driver Pauly and Cruise captain Callum were top notch. They were informative cheerful and gave great commentary throughout the tour. The picnic lunch had a variety of food and was more than adequate in size. Numerous stops for photo opportunities was appreciated by all.

Milford Sound Full Day Tour from Queenstown Reviewed by

Paulie the tour guide/driver was an amazing guide, full of stories and facts but also giving us quiet time to read or snooze during the drive. Plenty of long breaks and great sights. Would 100000% do it again!

Milford Sound Full Day Tour from Queenstown Reviewed by