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  • Address: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • Admission: Free
With its soaring cliffs, dramatic glacial valleys, and thundering waterfalls, it’s easy to see why Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited sights. This natural wonder is the star attraction of Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife haven for dolphins, seals, and penguins.

The Basics
Whether you cruise around the fjord, fly overhead in a helicopter, or explore Fiordland National Park by coach, Milford Sound is unforgettable from all angles. Most tours of the fjord run from Queenstown or Te Anau, and also visit highlights such as Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The weather in Milford Sound can be unpredictable, so prepare for wind and rain even in summer. 
  • If hiking, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water, as places to purchase supplies are limited.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited, but free Wi-Fi is available at the Milford Sound Information Center.
  • Most Milford Sound cruises are wheelchair accessible, but not all activities within  Fiordland National Park are accessible to those with limited mobility, so it’s best to check in advance.

How to Get There
Milford Sound is located on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island, about 178 miles (287 kilometers) or 3.5 hours by road from Queenstown, and two hours by road from Te Anau. The quickest way to get to Milford Sound is by taking a plane tour from Queenstown, where the nearest international airport is located. 

When to Get There
Summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit Milford Sound, so if you want to avoid crowds, opt for spring or autumn. Winter visitors will be at the weather’s mercy, but tours and accommodation can be cheaper during this time and the area’s snow-covered peaks are a sight to see. 

Natural Wonders of Fiordland National Park 
The journey to Milford Sound is just as impressive as the fjord itself, and photo opportunities abound along the Milford Road. Stop at Pop’s Lookout, Mirror Lakes, and Eglinton Valley; marvel at the views as you pass the Chasm and Homer Tunnel; and look out over Lake Wakatipu, Lake Te Anau, and the Remarkables mountain range.

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound, Fiordland & Milford ... 
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound

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An extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea on the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer designed for the free, independent traveler. ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.40
Queenstown Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour, ... 
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Queenstown Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour

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Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s stunning natural scenery over two days with this Queenstown Super Saver. On your first day, you'll take a cruise on the ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $180.24
Full-Day Luxury Milford Sound Tour by Coach and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Luxury Milford Sound Tour by Coach and Cruise from Queenstown

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Explore Milford Sound in comfort by luxury coach on this full-day tour with cruise from Queenstown. Travel through the Fiordland National Park by luxury coach ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.76
Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ ... 
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Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Te Anau

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Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand. Located in 3 million acres of the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a must-see ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.76
Milford Sound and the Glaciers Helicopter Tour including Landing from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day ... 
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Milford Sound and the Glaciers Helicopter Tour including Landing from Queenstown

Allow 1.5 hours Includes 1 landing on a glacier In the Queenstown area, we have three of the largest glaciers in New Zealand’s South Island and they ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $718.85
The Ultimate Milford Sound Experience by Helicopter from Queenstown, Queenstown, Helicopter Tours
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The Ultimate Milford Sound Experience by Helicopter from Queenstown

Allow 4 Hours Landings: West Coast Beach, Glacier, Milford Sound, Alpine Lake Stroll on a deserted beach, soar among mountains and dine at an alpine lake ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $5,189.78
Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, Air Tours
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

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Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You'll travel through beautiful Fiordland in a luxury coach with panoramic windows and take an ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $168.32
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day ... 
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains, lakes and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. Surrounded by some of the ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $336.63
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Day Cruises
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Join this tour for an uncrowded boutique small boat cruise on Milford Sound. With limited passenger numbers, comfortable luxury lounge style seating and superb ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.63
Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown, Queenstown, Day ... 
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Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Fly from Queenstown to magnificent Milford Sound, to enjoy a 2-hour cruise traveling the full length of the fiord. Then board your Aircraft for a scenic flight ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $476.90

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