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Experience New Zealand's untouched wilderness by cruising Milford Sound, a fjord located within a World Heritage Site encompassing four national parks. Moved by the sight of rocky cliffs rising out of perfectly still water, writer Rudyard Kipling once described this fjord as the eighth wonder of the world. Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed mountains on the planet, towers over the sound. Most of the area's half a million annual visitors arrive by one of many bus tours from Queenstown offering easy access to this pristine natural world. Numerous operators also offer flights from Queenstown, drastically reducing transit time and giving you extra time for additional activities that day. If you're staying closer to the national park, you can reach the fjord by hiking a 50 km (31 mi) walking trail starting at Lake Te Anau. Before you head to Te Anau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Te Anau route website, to make sure you see all that Te Anau has to offer, including Milford Sound.
Tours to Milford Sound
Full-Day Milford Sound Hiking Tour with Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Milford Sound Cruise and Helicopter Flight including Scenic Landings from Queenstown BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $1,340
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Milford Sound reviews
What a treasure. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in New Zealand . So majestic and so much to do. I recommend trips and tramps and a jet boat experience more »
We booked on the Real Journeys cruise and went on the orange boat. It was my choice to drive to Milford Sound, and not go by bus because I wanted to stop for photography whenever I felt like... more »
Rainy weather brings its own style to Milford sound
Paradise on earth. The journey there is as good as the destination. BEWARE and keep an eye on the avalanche updates website as the roads can close if there is an avalanche risk. This means you can either be locked in or out of the one road to and from Milford Sound.
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