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Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Fiordland National Park

The Basics

Whether you cruise around the fjord, fly overhead in a helicopter, or explore Fiordland National Park by coach, Milford Sound is unforgettable from all angles. Most tours of the fjord run from Queenstown or Te Anau, and also visit highlights such as Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke.

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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
star-4.5
$131.35 per adult
Traveler Favorite
One of a kind experience
We had an amazing experience at Milford sound and to top it off our coach driver Paulie was amazing, his commentaries were funny and insightful. His timing was impeccable making the long journey much more enjoyable. We would have no issue recommending great sights and paulie to any of our friends.
Garbo_C, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Fiordland & Milford Sound

star-5
Brilliant!
Paul_E, Jun 2021
Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown
Andy was a fantastic host and made the day really enjoyable. Loved the Milford Sound cruise! The lunch was also really good.
star-5
Milford sound cruise
Tamara_C, Oct 2021
Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
star-5
Exceptional
Christine_C, Oct 2021
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
How untouched and natural it is. I was absolutely blown away by the magnitude of the place. Just a beautiful piece of Aotearoa that should stay that way
star-5
The Magic Bus
Michael_Z, Oct 2021
Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown
The whole day experience was further enhanced by our driver. Roland was superb, knowledgeable and helpful. Also, our fellow tourists made this the happiest bus on the road. Loads of fun and laughter.
star-5
Great experience
Chante_O, Sep 2021
Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience
We had an extraordinary experience! The crew and the tour operator were amazing. The vessel has lots of space to get the best view and photo. This cruise offers an up close experience that is absolutely awesome. I could not recommend it enough. A+++
star-5
Perfect
Layana_F, Aug 2021
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional lunch
It was great. Breathtaking. We were very lucky because it was sunny and saw dolphins swimming with the cruise. The guide and the whole team was lovely too.
star-5
A Magical trip
Sats, Jul 2021
Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202
Once in a lifetime experience… truly exceptional trip and worth every cent! The guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, the glacier stop was absolutely breathtaking. Highly recommend this to anyone. In fact, it should be on EVERYONE’S bucket list!
star-5
A long trip but a nice trip
Lu_G, Jun 2021
Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown
We had a great day in Milford sound. The trip was lovely and Andy is such a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful guide. I will definitely recommend to my friend.
star-5
Spectacular Day
Kerry_P, Jul 2021
Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
Tour guide was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed his commentary the whole trip. Lots of information and humour. Spectacular views. Smooth ride. Highly recommend
star-5
Incredible flight
Sean, Jul 2021
Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202
Spectacular view, with great flying and commentary from Alfie! Milford looked amazing (with some sun) and we got to walk around the beauty spots before the flight back. Glacier was stunning.
star-5
We love the driver, highly recommended
BONNIE, Jul 2021
Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
The driver is awesome! He made the trip valuable and fun! We didn’t feel bored during the entire journey. He drove very safe and stable, we didn’t even have a feeling when he is turning on the mountain! We all love the driver and we have got a lot of knowledge from him.
star-5
Tour you can't miss in the south
Cris_T, Jul 2021
Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
I booked a 7am schedule, but the ticket given was 7:40am, the coach was on time though, the tour guide/driver is spot on and entertaining.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The weather in Milford Sound can be unpredictable, so prepare for wind and rain even in summer.

  • If hiking, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water, as places to purchase supplies are limited.

  • Cell phone coverage is limited, but free Wi-Fi is available at the Milford Sound Information Center.

  • Most Milford Sound cruises are wheelchair accessible, but not all activities within Fiordland National Park are accessible to those with limited mobility, so it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

Milford Sound is located on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island, about 178 miles (287 kilometers) or 3.5 hours by road from Queenstown, and two hours by road from Te Anau. The quickest way to get to Milford Sound is by taking a plane tour from Queenstown, where the nearest international airport is located.

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When to Get There

Summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit Milford Sound, so if you want to avoid crowds, opt for spring or autumn. Winter visitors will be at the weather’s mercy, but tours and accommodation can be cheaper during this time and the area’s snow-covered peaks are a sight to see.

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Natural Wonders of Fiordland National Park

The journey to Milford Sound is just as impressive as the fjord itself, and photo opportunities abound along the Milford Road. Stop at Pop’s Lookout, Mirror Lakes, and Eglinton Valley; marvel at the views as you pass the Chasm and Homer Tunnel; and look out over Lake Wakatipu, Lake Te Anau, and the Remarkables mountain range.

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