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Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

Activity provider: Fiordland Trips and Tramps

From US$ 151.33 per person

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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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • 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.
  • 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 (2 hours)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

• Please check in by 8.30 AM at the Mitre Peak Cruise Counter in the Main Visitor Terminal at Milford Sound • 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 parking lot; the cost is set at $40 for 5+ hours, payable by credit card • The gravel overflow car park on Deepwater Basin Road provides free parking. From there, it is a 20-minute walk 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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

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Had such a fun day with this whole experience. Got to see Milford in the rain on our hike which was guided really well. It was unfortunate the group we were with had to hurry off for another booking as it cut our hike really short and we couldn’t take our time. The cruise was amazing and we were fortunate enough to see the dolphins surf under our boat. Both the captain and the other Stewart were very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this to everyone going down and experiencing Milford, otherwise you aren’t fully experiencing it!

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March 4, 2022

Perfect day in Milford

This is a great tour - it was an interesting and easy walk along a section of the Milford Track with our knowledgeable guide Geoff. The afternoon cruise was also great. It would be such a waste to travel all the way to Milford Sound and just do a boat cruise - this is heaps better!

January 10, 2019

February 28, 2020

Product ID: 109054