Milford Sound Things To Do

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Things to Do in Milford Sound

Located on the south-west coast of New Zealand's South Island, Milford Sound is a natural wonder that attracts visitors from all over the world. This stunning fiord is surrounded by majestic peaks and waterfalls and is home to a range of activities that cater to all kinds of travelers.


Milford Sound Scenic Cruises

Scenic cruises are incredibly popular in Milford Sound because of the area's stunning natural beauty. Located in Fiordland National Park, this breathtaking fjord is surrounded by majestic peaks and waterfalls, with many travelers opting to take a scenic cruise to experience the awe-inspiring scenery up close.


The cruises offer stunning views of the rugged landscape and the chance to see wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, and penguins, with the tranquil waters of The Sound providing a peaceful and relaxing environment to take in the scenery.


This Milford Sound Nature Cruise is the longest daytime cruise in Milford Sound, and travels at a leisurely pace allowing you to take in the fiord in greater detail. You'll be free to roam the vessel and take in the incredible views from the large outside viewing decks or comfortable indoor seating areas, with the option to also join the skipper in the open wheelhouse for an entirely new perspective.


Alternatively, there’s this Milford Sound, Scenic Flight and Lunch Package that includes transport aboard a comfortable coach with experienced driver-guide giving commentary along the way, a fresh, tasty lunch on-board the cruise and not to mention, areathtaking boat cruise in Milford Sound on a modern catamaran with three viewing decks


Experience the best atmosphere in the fiord with a famously friendly crew on this unique tour!


Milford Sound Scenic Flights

For adventure seekers, Milford Sound offers an array of activities to get your adrenaline pumping, including scenic flights that offer a unique perspective of Milford Sound's natural beauty from above.


This Fly, Cruise, Fly package from Queenstown is considered one of the ultimate Milford Sound experiences. Fly over snow-capped mountain ranges, sparkling lakes, and tumbling waterfalls as you journey into the Fiordland National Park by plane. Then hop on a cruise to get a better view of the waterfalls and wildlife before returning back to Queenstown on a different flight path so that you can see more of Fiordland National Park.


Alternatively, there’s this Milford Sound Scenic Flyover. Enjoy a window seat onboard a fixed-wing aircraft offering unimpaired views as you fly to Milford Sound through a landscape of unbelievable beauty. Soar above two World Heritage Areas — Mt. Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park — enjoying views above snow-covered mountains and stunning glaciers. Your knowledgeable, highly skilled local pilot providing interesting and informative commentary during this 80-minute flight of a lifetime!


Most Popular Milford Sound Tours 2023

The most popular experience in Milford Sound is our Fly-Cruise-Fly From Queenstown package.

Rated one of our Top Milford Sound Tours in 2022, your trip begins in the incredible Queenstown, home to adventure sports and stunning scenery. With a guaranteed window seat, you'll enjoy unimpaired views on your journey. Travel across unbelievable vistas toward the iconic waterfalls and fiordes of Milford Sound, with your flight taking you over the glaciers of the Darran Mountains and Barrier Range where you can soak up views of the craggy peaks and windy valleys that make this spot so iconic.


Another popular Milford Sound experience is this Full Day Milford Sound Tour from Te Anau. Explore spectacular Fiordland National Park and discover New Zealand's natural gems


Enjoy scenic stops and short walks at Mirror Lakes and The Chasm, enjoy a 1-hour 40-minute cruise aboard a modern catamaran, tuck into a freshly made picnic lunch with free tea and coffee plus an onboard bar selling espresso coffee, drinks and snacks and learn more about the area with local and experienced guides.


Milford Sound Tours FAQs

What are the best tours in Milford Sound for groups?

The best tours in Milford Sound for groups are usually guided boat tours or that offer personalized experiences with knowledgeable guides. 


How long should you spend in Milford Sound?

It is recommended to spend at least one full day in Milford Sound to fully appreciate its beauty and to take part in various activities, such as hiking or kayaking.


What is the best time of year to visit Milford Sound?

The best time of year to visit Milford Sound is during the summer months of December to February, as the weather is warmer and the days are longer. However, visitors can still enjoy the beauty of Milford Sound year-round.


Can you drive into Milford Sound?

Visitors can drive to Milford Sound, but the road is a narrow and winding mountain road, so it is recommended to take a guided tour or use a shuttle bus service. This Milford Sound Nature Cruise departs Queenstown and includes coach transfers while this Milford Sound Cruise and Fly Package also comes with coach transport.


Can you swim in Milford Sound?

Swimming in Milford Sound is possible, but the water is very cold year-round and is not recommended for inexperienced swimmers.


Book your Milford Sound Tour today!

Milford Sound is an extraordinary destination, boasting unparalleled natural beauty and unique experiences that can't be found anywhere else in the world.

Whether you're looking for a peaceful scenic cruise or an breathtaking scenic flight, Milford Sound has something for everyone. To make the most of your trip to Milford Sound, book your tour or activity with one of our team of knowledgeable experts who will help you choose the perfect tour for your budget and interests, ensuring that your trip to Milford Sound will be unforgettable.

Don't wait any longer, book your Milford Sound adventure today and experience the beauty of this amazing destination

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