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.

intimate Milford Sound experience

Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise

Intimate Milford Sound experience, cruise out to the famous Fiordland

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.

Soak up the sun on our large viewing decks with 360-degree views of the towering fiord

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

This Milford Sound cruise is perfect for spotting wildlife, stopping at tumbling waterfalls and other points of interest along the way.

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.

Enjoy a 2 hour cruise on Milford Sound

Milford Sound Cruise from Milford Sound

Take a relaxed 2 hour cruise on Milford Sound

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