Get up close and personal with Milford's pristine environment on our small boat. Reach out and touch sheer rock cliffs and drink pure glacier water straight from the waterfalls, see seals sunning themselves on the rocks, dolphins riding the bow wave or spot rare Fiordland crested penguins.
Discover the best activities in Milford Sound
With a wide range of fun family activities, Milford Sound is the perfect holiday destination for the entire family. Many adventures in Milford Sound are suitable for children.
Drive times to Milford Sound
Minimum drive times to Fiordland:
Queenstown to Te Anau: 2 hours
Queenstown to Manapouri: 2 hours
Te Anau to Manapouri: 30 minutes
Te Anau to Milford Sound: 2.5 hours
Allow 45mins for parking/walking to terminal Jan/Feb/Mar
While a destination may not seem far away in kilometers, the above drive times do not allow for narrow and winding roads, photo or pit stops, road works or domestics over the map reading.
Winter Driving (May-Sept)
Bylaws are in place May-Nov and may require you to carry snow chains. These can be hired from petrol stations in Te Anau. Please check out the road status for the Milford Road prior, updated every morning at 7:30 am.
Summer Driving (Oct-Apr)
Don’t leave it too late...leave early, avoid the rush! Especially during peak periods (Dec/Jan/Feb/March). Parking wardens are around to help find you a spot. With record numbers of self-driving tourists through the tunnel, it is recommended you allow an extra 45 minutes to get from your car to the terminal (park n ride or walk).
Expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes at the Homer Tunnel over the summer months.
Check out Milford's awe-inspiring scenery from our spacious observation lounges or large, outdoor viewing decks on one of our modern, purpose-built catamarans. Move freely around the boat and enjoy the comfort and stability that only a twin-hull vessel can provide.
Milford Sound is one of the must-see destinations in New Zealand. Tick one of NZ’s iconic destinations off your bucket list this year. Free food, beanbags, rip-roaring crew, wildlife, nature, free shower*... what else could you need? #ENOUGHSAID
Milford Sound Kayaking is a fabulous four-five hour of sea kayaking on New Zealand's iconic Milford Sound up close and personal. Milford Sound is one of most exceptional puddles to paddle in!