- Location: In the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
- Attraction Type: Adventure.
- Significance: It is known for its unearthly beauty. Rudyard Kipling called it ‘the eight Wonder of the World’!
- Best time to Visit: Between November and March.
- How to Reach: Possibly the best way to get to Milford Sound is to start from Queenstown or Te Anau. The road to Milford is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. From Queenstown, the road follows Lake Wakatipu and then crosses rolling farmland to Te Anau.
- Car Parking Facility: The car parking area is only 10 minutes walk from the Visitor Terminal (cruise departure point)
- Nearest Railway Station: Christchurch
- Nearest International Airport: Christchurch Airport.
Rudyard Kipling called it ‘the eighth Wonder of the World’! Its breathtaking beauty has been stuff for Maori legends for centuries. According to them, it took the divine hands of Tu Te Raki to create this fjord, nothing else could explain such unearthly beauty! Named after Milford Haven in Wales, Milford Sound is a fiord within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
Whatever the fiord’s mood, streaming with rain or with the sun shimmering on deep water, it will inspire you and the experience of Milford Sound Cruise is simply stunning. According to the report of an international survey, Milford Sound, located south-east of South Island, has been considered as one of the most popular and must see travel destinations of the world and New Zealand’s most recognized tourist destination.
Attractions and Activities
One of the most breathtaking ways to catch a glimpse of Milford Sound is from the water level itself and there are two ways to do this: Milford Sound Cruise and Milford Sound kayaking.
Milford Sound cruise
There are plenty of options when it comes to taking a cruise or scenic flight over the Milford Sound. There are numerous boat operators who offer day cruises. Most of the guided tours from Te Anau or Queenstown arrive in Milford around noon. Apart from them, there are short and overnight cruises out into Milford Sound.
On a delightful cruise of Milford Sound, you will get a scenic view of Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls and some of the wildlife like dolphins, seals, and penguins that lives there. You will also go to visit the black coral and underwater life in Milford Deep Underwater Observatory. You will surely appreciate the majestic views of lofty mountains, vertical cliff faces, and hanging valleys.
Milford Sound Cruises are available in both variants — Daytime Cruises as well as Overnight Cruises. Daytime cruises span for 1Â½ to 2Â½ hrs and offer relaxing cruise with multi-lingual commentaries. A range of international dining options is also offered. The Overnight cruises include ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience. It would be the experience of your life as you wake up to the beauty of Milford Sound early in the morning.
Milford Sound kayaking
Sea kayaking is an exhilarating way to travel around New Zealand’s widespread coastline. There is simply a wealth of kayaking and rafting activities accessible from Milford Sound. It is the ultimate way to experience the splendor of this world-famous fiord.
For those looking for more adventure, there are outstanding white water kayaking and rafting opportunities in New Zealand, together with the Rangitaiki, Kaituna, Rangitikei, Mohaka, Wairoa rivers around Rotorua on the North Island and the Grey, Buller, Hurunui, Rangitata, Kawarau rivers on the West Coast of the South Island.
Other Things to Do
For its never-ending fun and adventure activities, it is a perfect venue to spend a relaxing vacation. With all its attractions as well as modern entertainment facilities, Milford Sound offers several other things to do. You will enjoy tramping, canoeing and various water sports activities.
The scenic charm of Milford Sound is hard to surpass. Experience the grandeur of Milford Sound!
There isn’t too much of accommodation option available in Milford Sound. Hence, it is always better to book your accommodation beforehand.
Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park
69 Beach Road
Kaikoura, Milford Sound, NZ
Milford Sound Lodge
Besides the above hotels, while visiting Milford Sound, you can also choose to stay at Te Anau, as you would find more options for accommodation there. Some of the hotels in Te Anau could be listed as:
Village Inn Hotel