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Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

Product ID: 109054
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Enjoy the best of Milford Sound on this combination package. Take a morning walk along Milford Track with your guide, through lush, green forest to the Giant Gate Waterfall. Complete the day with an afternoon boat cruise on magnificent Milford Sound.
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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the natural wonders of Milford Sound on land and water
  • Enjoy a guided hike along the Milford Track with a local guide
  • Admire picturesque Mitre Peak and watch for playful dolphins and lazy seals on a scenic boat cruise
Full description
Your full-day Milford Sound package begins with a morning walk along the Milford Track. A short boat ride will take you across Milford Sound’s Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point for the start of a guided hike.

The walk will take you alongside the cascading Arthur River and then on to Lake Ada. Stop at Giant's Gate Waterfall, a stunning and much-photographed site that is best viewed from the large swing bridge.

In the afternoon you’ll enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the Milford Sound from the comfort of a modern, spacious boat. With outstanding viewing opportunities, you’ll take in the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls and more.

Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as seals basking on the rocks or dolphins playing near the boat.
Includes
  • 4.5-hour guided walk
  • Professional hiking guide (1 guide to 12 participants)
  • Water taxi from Milford Sound to the Milford Track and return
  • Safety gear
  • Hot drinks
  • Milford Sound scenic boat cruise (1 hour 40 minutes)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food (unless option is chosen)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

It is an approximately two-hour drive to Milford Sound from Te Anau. You will need time to park, so a 6:00 AM departure from Te Anau is recommended. Milford Sound Tourism has now implemented paid parking in the main Milford car parks; the cost is set at $10 per hour, payable by credit card only, and will apply to the paved car parks. The gravel overflow car park on Deepwater Basin Road provides free parking. From there, it is a 20-minute walk or a free shuttle ride to the main terminal building meeting point.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Water
  • Rain gear
Know before you go
Some fitness is required to enjoy this walk, but generally it is considered easy. The track is well maintained, with little elevation gain. The distance covered is 11 km (6.8 miles). It is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

It is recommended that you bring the following on the Milford Track guided walk: comfortable shoes, day pack containing warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, insect repellent, drinking water, snacks and a camera. You should also bring a change of clothing and shoes in case of a wet day. Milford Sound is known for rainfall so you should be prepared.
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Value for money
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Safety
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Product ID: 109054