Milford Sound is situated on the West Coast of the South Island. With its spectacular, breathtaking natural features you will not be disappointed by what you see!
♦ How to get there. Te Anau is the last town you will see for 118km so be sure to have a full tank before your departure. From here you will follow the Milford Road which, is the only access in and out of Milford Sound. This is not just a drive but an unforgettable journey through the Fiordland National Park!
Be sure to check out the DOC Milford Road Map and make a few stops along the way. We’d highly recommend stopping at Mirror Lake to stretch your legs and take a few pictures of the beautiful reflections.
If you don’t have a car, there are heaps of sightseeing tours around to pick from. With coaches departing from Te Anau and Queenstown there is no excuse not to go. Intercity is a great coach option and prices with them will be hard to beat.
♦ Exploring the Sounds. There are many different ways to explore the Sounds. If you are looking to see some spectacular views for free then when you get to the Car Park keep your eyes pealed for both the Piopiotahi Milford Foreshore Walk (30 min return) and Piopiotahi Milford Lookout Walk (10 min return). These are both amazing view points, this is where our header picture (and the one below) was taken – Neither photos have been edited or filtered. This place is just pure, natural perfection!
One of the most popular ways to go is by Sea Kayaking. Getting out on the water is a great way to see the hidden waterfalls and striking mountain range. But before you book be sure to check out awesomeNZ just to go over all your options. With this company you can choose from cruise or jet boat your way through the Sounds with an great tour guide. If you are looking for a real WOW factor, you may even want to consider taking a scenic flight with Milford Flights.
TOP TIP – Bring some warm clothes, here on the West Coast the weather can change dramatically. A sunny day in Te Anau may not necessarily mean a nice day in Milford Sounds.
♦ Hiking. The Milford Sound four day trek is one thing we would love to have done if we’d had the time. Check out the DOC guide and if you get the opportunity, we’d strongly recommend that you go for it.