Milford Sound
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  • Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

    1. Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

    Enjoy a leisurely small-group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, with an extended nature cruise along the full length of the fiord. Your tour includes all the best scenic stops, including short walks. In the summer (1 November - 30 April) you can also select a 2.5 hour self-guided hike to key summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. From Te Anau, travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides who are eager to share their stories, knowledge, and passion for the area. Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will join a nature cruise traveling out to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. On completion of the cruise, passengers will board a small coach and begin their journey overland. If you prefer shorter walks, stay with the nature gu...

    Great trip, little stops along the way, boat tour was great, guide was welcoming and informative, recommend this tour!

  • Milford Sound: Milford Track Day Hike

    2. Milford Sound: Milford Track Day Hike

    Hike the world-famous Milford Track and enjoy flat, easy-going terrain and amazing bush, mountain, and waterfall scenery. See the mighty beech and rimu trees and the crowds of birds feeding on nectar at Fuschia trees. Listen to the sound of birdsong as you wander along the trail. Spot the resident grey warblers, fantails, tui, bellbirds, and more. Visit Giants Gate Falls, one of the highlights of the Milford Track. Take in the spectacular views at your own pace and enjoy a family-friendly adventure in Milford Sound.

  • Milford Sound Return Flights, Hike & Cruise from Queenstown

    3. Milford Sound Return Flights, Hike & Cruise from Queenstown

    Fly from Queenstown airport over the Wakatipu Basin and into Fiordland, sweeping the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of world famous fiord. Upon landing in Milford Sound, take a short boat ride to where your walk on the Milford Track begins. The three and a half hour guided walk takes you along a well formed track to the half way point, Giant Gate waterfall. After your walk, transfer back to the boat terminal where you’ll board a Mitre Peak Cruise through Milford Sound. An informative guide will point out scenic highlights along the way, such as the Bowen Falls, snow-capped Mount Pembroke, and the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak itself, towering 1692 metres from the ocean floor. Fly back over the Milford Track before having your breath taken away when you first view the 548 metre Sutherland Falls. This scenic flight will allow you to take in magnificent views ...

    Unfortunately we were unable to do the hike part as the guides were unable to get to Milford as the road was closed following an earth slip. However the flights were fabulous and the cruise was great with a very informative captain.

  • Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

    4. Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

    Spend some time in nature in the beautiful Fiordland National Park on a half-day guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. Departing Milford Sound Wharf, the walk begins with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. It is then an easy 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) alongside the cascading Arthur River, then Lake Ada, on a well-maintained track. Your destination is the Giants Gate. This scenic waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge spanning the river. On your return, you will be walking under ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by an array of ferns, mosses and lichens in vibrant shades of green. The small group of 12 walkers per guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating human heritage of the track. On completion of the walk, take the opportunity to take photos at the sign marking the end of the track, a site festooned with the b...

    I Can highli recommend this trip if you just want a taste of the 4 day hike at Milford Track. It’s beautiful - very very wet, but beautiful.

  • Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

    5. Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

    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.

    Unbelievable. The views from the cruise we’re stunning. The walk, rainy in the rain forest, was about 20,000 steps, but well worth it

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What people are saying about Milford Sound

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 186 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Andrew,our friendly,informative guide at Trips and Tramps made sure everything went seamlessly, personalising our trip to make the most of the day. This included a walk up to Key Summit on the way back which was a highlight for us both, and we really appreciated being able to benefit from his local knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the day. The well organised Mitre Peak Cruise on Milford Sound included interesting commentary and personalised service. A great value, memorable day!

Wonderful day with a small group (yey for not being on a coach with 80 people) exploring various stunning spots on the long Milford Road. Excellent guiding by Neil - thank you. Small boat tour in clear blue sky. I highly recommend a smaller, more intimate group experience and being able to make the most of the wonderful short walks along the route. Neat to be inside the Homer Tunnel as well. Great value for money.

This was an excellent day trip, a highlight of our trip. Geoff the guide was interesting and passionate about the local area, he had lots of interesting stories and info to share

Fantastic trip, Neil was an excellent, knowledgeable guide. Short walks were lovely, boat ride spectacular. Highly recommended.

Great trip, little stops along the way, boat tour was great, guide was welcoming and informative, recommend this tour!