The South Island's most iconic landscape. Easily accessible by land or sea.

Milford Sound can be explored by land or sea.

Short hiking trails departing from the main parking lot are numerous and well signed, walk along the Foreshore Trail or up into the hills for expansive views.

Going on a cruise is an exciting way to get up close and personal with Milford's scenery and wildlife. Cruises can be booked at the visitor center or online, we paid just $40 for a two hour cruise.

Pack List

You can pack light as you will never be more than a few km from the car unless you take a cruise. Dress warm as cold air rushes into the Sound from the Tasman Sea. 

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RT Distance 1.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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Stay and let yourself wander

My time in Milford Sound was incredible. There is a little lodge right up the road from the dock in the sound, in addition to camping permits you can get for pretty nearby too. Otherwise, you'll be in on a bus through Fiordland, directly onto a boat, through the sound, back, and back on the bus out to Te Anau. While there is lots you can see in that whirlwind, the place is worth hanging around a bit. So many little rivers that connect to the sound, trails in every which way. The stars at night are some of the best I've ever seen. You could spend months here and not begin to see it all.

Milford in April

We had a perfect blue sky day , this place is unreal


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