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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

A road trip experience that is unique and enchanting

From start to the end of the trip, it was well guided by Russell. The journey was filled with many scenic landscapes and ideal stops for quick wefies. It was pleasant that Russell giving us some historic facts and tales about the various places we were driving along. Importantly, the cruise experience was pleasing and the lunch buffet was decent. Milford Sound is definitely a multi photo worthy place.

Milford Sound Coach Tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown Reviewed by Louis Say Tin, 11/26/2018

A brilliant day out and very good value for money.

The coach and cruise is something I can fully recommend. The staff member in the 'Go Orange' office was so helpful and cheerful and happily answered a few questions about the trip that we weren't sure about. Shayle, the coach driver was outstanding. Not only was he a great driver but he gave a brilliant commentary which included a bit of humour too sometimes. From the coach we boarded the 'Milford Monarch' catamaran where we experienced a cruise almost out to the Tasman Sea and back. The commentary given to the passengers on that was also very informative and we found all the staff very friendly and helpful. We cruised for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was back on the coach then for our return journey to The Anau with the odd stop to admire some of the beautiful scenery and a nice walk up to 'The Chasm'. It was a brilliant day out and great value for money, a trip I can fully recommend to anyone thinking about going on it. Thank you 'Go Orange' staff for a brilliant trip.

This was a trip that redefined my imagination of beauty and peace!

Great service! Both driver and the narrator coach were amazingly helpful and soft spoken. The whole commentry with the scenic road journey was super fun. Kudos! The bus service was amazing and comfortable with just appropirate stops for photo-ops.

Absolutely breathtaking, saw the trifecta. Dolphins, penguins & seals.

Perfect, beautifull, absolutely an 11 out of 10. Excellent service, great people stunning part of the world. Would reccommend to anyone & hopefully will be back. Thanks.

Definitely one of our top experiences in New Zealand!

Staff and guides were absolutely phenomenal! It was easy to tell that they all love their job and are very passionate about it. The Kayaking was great with a group of only 8 guests and 2 guides. We were lucky enough to see a bunch of penguins when we were out paddling and even though the guides see them every other day or so, they got just as excited about it as the rest of us - which was great to see and a receipt on their passion for the job. Guides for the under water observatorium was great too and the whole experience there was way over expectations. As well as the skippers who spotted more penguins and wild life on the way back and slowed down and made sure we all got to see them. Pointed out, told us facts about them and the Fiords and everything else we could possibly be interested in. The picnic lunch was perfect too. Great value for the money and we were all very satisfied with our day and the whole experience! We were 3 adults (59, 55 and 27 y/o) and one teenager (16 y/o).

Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound Reviewed by Lotta, 11/14/2018

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