Milford Sound
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Our most recommended Milford Sound Outdoor Activities

  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

    1. Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

    Climb aboard 'Gem of the Sound', the newest vessel to cruise in the fiord, for a Milford Sound nature cruise. Capture the best views of the incredible fiord with three-levels of indoor and outdoor seating, unique glass roofs, and large viewing decks. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board and embrace you as one of the family, whilst you marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth. Relax in the comfortable booth seating with stylish decor and ambient lighting. High-definition cameras project outdoor footage live onto TV screens throughout the vessel - so no matter where are, you won't miss a thing. Admire New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks and feel the spray of cascading waterfalls. Look out for playful dolphins and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Travel the length of the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, to see why ...

    Great boat trip with friendly informative staff on board. The boat has plenty of space and viewing decks were excellent.?

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

    2. 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!

  • Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

    3. Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

    Your tour starts off with a cruise along the entire length of the sound and out to the Tasman Sea on a Nature cruise. Each cruise has a different focus and explores a different part of the sound, so pick the one that's best for you! Towards the end of your cruise you will be dropped off at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to journey through the history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound and visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory to view rare black coral. Then, your specialist kayak and nature guide will take you over to the kayaking pontoon to enjoy up to 90 minutes of relaxing kayaking in serene Harrison Cove. Gaze through the glacier-fed waters as you kayak in one of the most majestic places in the world. This is an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 kayaks per tour including a specialist kayak and nature guide to point out the fjord features and w...

    Milford Sound is so beautiful. One of the best trips ever. By doing the cruise, under water observatory and the kayak we got to spend quite a bit of time and really got the full experience. Very friendly helpful informative guide. Anyone can do the kayak with the great launching platform that lifts and lowers you into and out of the water. Bonus great picnic lunch bag provided to each of us. The water is so crystal clear and you get to paddle right up to the sides of the fiords. Totally recommend whole experience is breathtaking from start to finish. Bonus of seeing dolphins and fur seals also.

  • Milford Sound Fiord Cruise & Helicopter Glacier Landing

    4. Milford Sound Fiord Cruise & Helicopter Glacier Landing

    Discover Milford Sound's stunning fjord from high in the air and on the water. Land in Milford and join an unforgettable fjord cruise past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls.Try to spot dolphins, seals, and adorable penguins. Then enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys, and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and experience a glacier or mountain landing in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Today, many of the local landscapes can be recognized because of their use as film locations. You can even fly over where movies were filmed! The pilots regularly work with film production crews and are happy to share plenty of stories of life on the film set. Finally, for the photo opportunity of a lifetime, alight on a glacier and enjoy panoramic views. These highly experienced, well-known local pilots can’t wait to share with you their extensive knowledge and history o...

    It was amazing and so worth the money. It was a beautiful and sunny day in New Zealand and the views were spectacular.

  • Kayak Milford Sound

    5. Kayak Milford Sound

    Don't just look at Milford Sound. Get ready to immerse yourself at sea level on a kayak journey you will be hard pressed to forget. Guides will lead you out to explore this epic vista during a 4-5 hour paddle experience. Kayak along the walls of mighty mountains, feel the fresh waterfall spray on your face as you navigate the wild fiords. Bring your own lunch to enjoy on a secluded beach and if the afternoon breeze picks up your group will raft up the kayaks and sail back to base together. If you're lucky the local wildlife will make an appearance. Grab a coffee, it’s an early start. Drive the Milford Road and arrive at Deepwater Basin. Meet the team, they will get you checked in and ready for your day. Get kitted out in all your gear, thermals, spray jacket, life vest and spray skirt provided. Once you’re changed grab a paddle and get inducted. Your guide will run through a full safety...

  • Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

    6. 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.

  • Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight & Cruise

    7. Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight & Cruise

    Discover this isolated gem, a world renowned area of extraordinary beauty. Experience the vast and dramatic alpine scenery on your 40–minute flight to Milford Sound. Take in scenic views of Skippers Canyon, Glenorchy and Paradise, and the Donne Glacier. Once you land, board a cruise and take in the magnificent views from the water while cruising out to the Tasman Sea. Discover the unique wildlife, towering waterfalls and majesty of Mitre Peak. Your cruise offers excellent viewing opportunities of wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins. Get within touching distance of impressive geological features and close enough to feel the full force from the powerful 15,000 year–old Stirling Falls. Following your cruise, your return flight takes a different path back to Queenstown, flying over many of the pristine alpine lakes and waterfalls that Fiordland National Park is recognised for.

    I was moved to an alternative trip due to the weather, but everything was made easy and communication was clear. The alternative trip was really great and I did everything that was included in the original trip.

  • Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

    8. 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

Most amazing picturesque scenic views. Cruise was excellent and right on money. Overall 100% satisfaction for the whole trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound.

The boat was great with plenty of viewing locations and the Skipper was very informative and provided memorable experiences by the places he took us.

Great boat trip with friendly informative staff on board. The boat has plenty of space and viewing decks were excellent.?

It was amazing and so worth the money. It was a beautiful and sunny day in New Zealand and the views were spectacular.

Awesome cruise, fabulous staff, thoroughly enjoyed it!