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Milford Experience Scenic Tour (return from Queenstown)

Milford Experience Scenic Tour (return from Queenstown)

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from NZ $200 per person

A day excursion to one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Enjoy a spectacular day in the Fiordland World Heritage Park culminating with a cruise of famous Milford Sound. More...

Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight

Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight

Day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $620.00 per person

For the most engaging way to experience the riches of Fiordland National Park. This tour includes three modes of transport on land, sea and in the air making this the ‘holy grail’ of combination tours. Enjoy a scenic coach trip on a glass-roof 50-seater before sitting back on your relaxing cruise. Finish the day in the air as you soak in the views from above on a scenic flight with Air Milford . More...

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $240.00 per person

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 unforgettable scenic cruise on majestic Milford Sound. More...

Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau

Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau

Water Activity - Milford Sound - Starting from $195.00 per person

Start your day with a scenic minibus journey along the magnificent Milford Road with our guide showing you the best spots before connecting with the Sunriser Classic sea kayaking trip. More...

3-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flight

3-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flight

Multi-day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $1990.00 per person

Located in spectacular Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, the Hollyford Track is one of the country’s greatest hiking trails, and you can experience its breathtaking setting on this 3-day guided walk. Your expert guide will lead you from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps through ancient native rainforest, past pristine rivers and lakes, and to the remote sand dunes and surf of the rugged West Coast. The diversity of the landscape, vegetation and wildlife will be... More...

Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound

Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound

Sightseeing Cruise - Te Anau - Starting from $85.00 per person

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. Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow guests to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend up to two and a half hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from our specialist Nature Guide who mingles with guests. Keep a look out for... More...

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

Multi-day Coach Tour - Christchurch - Starting from $1675.00 per person

Picturesque mountains, deep fiords and icy glaciers - this is New Zealand's South Island. See for yourself on a four-day independent tour highlighting this scenic region. Travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown and up the West Coast to Greymouth before a return to Christchurch. View Franz Josef glacier and experience Milford Sound.

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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound

Sightseeing Cruise - Milford Sound - Starting from $76.00 per person

A spectacular one hour 40 minute cruise to the mouth of the fiord on a spacious, modern vessel with excellent viewing opportunities.
Large windows, spacious decks and comfortable lounges offer uninterrupted views of towering peaks and surging waterfalls.
Keep a look out for seals basking on the rocks, dolphins and penguins.
Enjoy scenic highlights such as Mitre Peak and Pembroke Glacier.
Informative commentary from the captain explains the history and highlights points of... More...

Milford Sound Coach & Scenic Cruise ex Te Anau with International Buffet Lunch

Milford Sound Coach & Scenic Cruise ex Te Anau with International Buffet Lunch

Day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $169.00 per person

Journey in comfort on one of our brand new, glass-roof coaches and take in incredible, panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound. The overland journey is a spectacular showcase of sheer mountains and towering cliffs, rugged valleys and the native rain forest surrounded by spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Experienced local drivers provide engaging and informative commentary, and show you the best short walks and photo stops along the Milford Road. 
On arrival in Milford Sound... More...

Full-Day Milford Sound Hiking Tour with Cruise

Full-Day Milford Sound Hiking Tour with Cruise

Day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $175.00 per person

Enjoy a friendly, small group (maximum 14 people) day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, including a longer Nature Cruise the full length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea. Our relaxed timetable ensures plenty of opportunities for guests to enjoy short walks, photographic stops and exploration with the nature guide. Plus, from October to April guests can select 2 ½ hours hiking (unguided) on the renowned Routeburn Track to Key Summit. More...

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $189.00 per person

Journey in comfort on one of our brand new, glass-roof coaches and take in incredible, panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound. Enjoy entertaining commentary, and let us show you the best stops along the way as you connect seamlessly to your Milford Sound cruise.
Discover native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains on our extended Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and close enough to feel the full force of the powerful... More...

Milford Sound Air, Land and Sea Day Trip from Queenstown

Milford Sound Air, Land and Sea Day Trip from Queenstown

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $619.00 per person

Embark on a 13-hour shared adventure with a friendly and professional guide. Enjoy three modes of transport on land, sea and in the air. Venture into Milford Sound within a glass roof 50-seater coach, while relaxing and enjoying the magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Take memorable photos during a short walk on Milford Road, before Immersing into the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. The day concludes with a stunning scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown... More...

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $1036.00 per person

Treat yourself to the ultimate Milford Sound experience on this day trip from Queenstown that allows you to see this world-famous fiord region by land, sea and air. Enjoy a scenic drive through the alpine landscapes of the ‘Milford Road’; take a 2-hour cruise along the full length of Milford Sound to see its legendary natural scenery and wildlife; and end the day with a thrilling helicopter flight over the sound, Mt Tutoko and Lake Wakatipu. You’ll also learn about the area from a driver/guide. More...

Milford Track Guided Day Walk from Te Anau

Milford Track Guided Day Walk from Te Anau

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $195.00 per person

Soak up the magnificent scenery of the Milford Track on a one-day guided walk from Te Anau. Often described as one of the finest walks in the world, the Milford Track is a four day trip through the Fiordland National Park. This one-day option is a great choice if you don't have time to walk the entire Milford Track. On this day trip from Te Anau, you'll walk the first section of the Milford Track. Your nature guide will lead you on a leisurely walk through ancient beech forest and grassy flats.... More...

Milford Sound Coach, Nature Cruise and Kayak with buffet lunch

Milford Sound Coach, Nature Cruise and Kayak with buffet lunch

Kayaking - Queenstown - Starting from $269.00 per person

Discover more of Milford Sound on the ultimate day trip from Queenstown. Travel on a glass roof coach to Milford Sound, join our two hour nature cruise with a hot buffet lunch included. After your cruise disembark at the underwater observatory for an hour of kayaking around Harrison Cove. After your kayaking descend 10 metres below the surface to a viewing chamber and check out the local marine life. Return to the Milford visitor terminal by boat and return to Queenstown by coach. More...

Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

Sightseeing Cruise - Queenstown - Starting from $197.00 per person

A leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea on the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer. Enjoy a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow you to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend up to two and a half hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from our specialist Nature Guide. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins! More...

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with flyback

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with flyback

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $609.00 per person

Journey in comfort on one of our brand new, glass-roof coaches and take in incredible panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound. Enjoy entertaining commentary, and let us show you the best stops along the way as you connect seamlessly to your Milford Sound cruise.
Discover native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains on our extended Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and close enough to feel the full force the powerful... More...

Milford Sound Coach & Scenic Cruise with International Buffet Lunch

Milford Sound Coach & Scenic Cruise with International Buffet Lunch

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $189.00 per person

Journey in comfort on one of our brand new, glass-roof coaches and take in incredible, panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound. The overland journey is a spectacular showcase of sheer mountains and towering cliffs, rugged valleys and the native rain forest surrounded by spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Experienced local drivers provide engaging and informative commentary, and show you the best short walks and photo stops along the Milford Road.
On arrival in Milford Sound... More...

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with picnic lunch

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with picnic lunch

Sightseeing Cruise - Queenstown - Starting from $189.00 per person

Enjoy a more intimate Milford Sound experience from Queenstown. Depart later, explore the Milford Road on a comfortable smaller coach, and discover the fiord on a small boat cruise. Visit the Underwater Observatory and savor an included picnic lunch. More...

Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

Sightseeing Cruise - Te Anau - Starting from $169.00 per person

This full-day Milford Sound extraordinaire tour from Te Anau will have you traveling along the spectacular Milford Road. With fun commentary and plenty of local knowledge provided you will have a chance to see keas, seals, dolphins and the Fiordland crested penguin.

Visit the historical Gunns Camp and enjoy an amazing morning tea that includes wonderful date scones, tea, coffee and biscuits, chocolates and fruit juice. Experience an amazing 20-minute walk to the Chasm.

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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown to Te Anau

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown to Te Anau

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $211.00 per person

Travel through the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park and enjoy a Milford Sound cruise on this full-day one-way trip departing Queenstown and concluding in Te Anau.

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Full-Day Routeburn Track Key Summit Guided Walk from Te Anau

Full-Day Routeburn Track Key Summit Guided Walk from Te Anau

Hiking - Walking - Te Anau - Starting from $195.00 per person

Experience a full-day guided walk on one of New Zealand's premier Great Walks - the Routeburn track, including Key Summit.  Tour departs from Te Anau, with a drive along the Milford Road to the track.  Ascend through lush forest and into a unique alpine herb field offering panoramic views, this walk offers an incredible day out in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

Multi-day Cruise - Te Anau - Starting from $435.00 per person

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove.

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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown

Day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $211.00 per person

Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Te Anau to Queenstown. Travel through the beautiful Fiordland National Park and be mesmerized by the grandeur of this region. More...

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Queenstown

Multi-day Cruise - Queenstown - Starting from $479.00 per person

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove.

As you board your luxury coach in Queenstown you can enjoy a relaxing 5-hour trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. Stopping in Te Anau... More...

17-Day Kiwi Explorer

17-Day Kiwi Explorer

Multi-day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $3034.81 per person

Arrive at Auckland Airport on Day 1, transfer to your accommodation and settle in. Visit the Waitomo Caves on Day 2 to marvel at shimmering glow worms. Set foot on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie sets on Day 3. Visit Taupo on Day 4 and Napier on Days 5-6 for a fun-filled wine-tasting afternoon. Continue your trip to Wellington on Days 7-8 with free time to explore the city. Arrive to Nelson on Days 9-10 for a relaxing sailing trip on the pristine waters of the Abel Tasman followed by a... More...


The road to Milford is arguably one of the world’s best alpine roads. Winding through a constantly changing landscape, the road reveals rivers, lakes, tussock flats and of course the many mountains that give Fiordland its unique character.

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Introduction:
The Milford Road is one of New Zealand’s great scenic routes, the road was started during the Great Depression in 1929, but it was not completed until 1953 as work came to a halt during World War II.
The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is a stunning scenic experience and it takes you through part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, one of the great wilderness areas of the southern hemisphere.
Despite its remote location, many people travel along the Milford Road each year, particularly in the busy summer season (October to April). Drivers will be sharing the road with cars, coaches, camper vans and minibuses. There is less traffic in the months (May to September) but the road conditions require more caution.
The following information will help you to prepare for your journey along the Milford Road and enable you to get the most out of your trip.

The Homer Tunnel:
The Homer Tunnel was completed, at 1953 and opened up Milford Sound to road access. The Tunnel, at 945 meters above sea level, is 1.2km long and has a steep gradient down towards Milford.
There is no internal lighting in the tunnel, so remember to take off your sunglasses and turn your lights on before you drive in. The tunnel has two narrow lanes with a passing bay at either end for larger vehicles. Don’t forget to turn your lights off when you exit the tunnel.

Road Description:
26km Enjoy and easy walk through beech forest to sheltered Pleasant Bay
29km The sheltered harbor of Te Anau Downs is the departure point for Milford Track walkers, or those wishing to travel to Glade House.
58km Famous for their mountain reflections, the Mirror Lakes are a must-see on a calm day
80km Lake Gunn
85km The Divide. Departure point for those wishing to walk the Greenstone or Routeburn track, or climb the mountain to Key Summit.
101km Homer Tunnel. A remarkable unlined tunnel sloping down toward the Milford side for 1219m
109km A set of spectacular waterfalls cascading through eroded rock formations, give The Chasm its unique name.
120km Milford Sound and carparks

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Times and Distances:
The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound and return (along the same route) is 240 km (144 miles). An eight hour day is needed if you plan to take in the many scenic sights and short walks along the way, and do a boat cruise on Milford Sound. From Queenstown the return trip is even longer - 600 km (360 miles) taking 12 - 14 hours. So, for your comfort and enjoyment, we suggest that you plan your return trip from Te Anau.

Avoiding Congestion:
Over 400 000 people visit Milford Sound each year, most during the summer season. Many visitors plan their arrival in Milford to coincide with boat cruise departure times. This can result in congestion at some of the scenic stops along the Milford road during peak times.
The majority of coaches depart from Te Anau between 9am and 10am and arrive at Mirror Lakes around 10.30am, Knob’s Flat at 11am, The Chasm at 12.30pm and Milford Sound for the 1pm cruise. By avoiding this pulse of traffic, your Milford Road experience will be more relaxed, with less disturbance from the heavy coach traffic and high numbers of visitor. If you have limited time, a nonstop direct drive from Te Anau to Milford will take at least 2 hours.

To avoid traffic congestion during summer ( October to April ) either leave Te Anau early in the morning ( before 8.30am) or later in the morning (11am onwards)

Before You Leave:
There are no shops or fuel stations between Te Anau and Milford Sound. A limited selection of food, drink and fuel (petrol and diesel) is available at Milford Sound and Gunn’s Camp (petrol only), which requires detour down the Hollyford Valley Road. Refreshments are also available on the boat cruises. Public toilets are only available at Te Anau, Knob’s Flat and Milford. Remember, dogs are not allowed in the National Park.
If you’re planning a relaxing day, taking time to stop and experience all that the Milford Road journey has to offer, make sure that you have a full day, a full tank of fuel before leaving Te Anau, and take food and beverages with you. It is also recommended that you take insect repellent.
Ensure that your fuel tank is full before leaving Te Anau.

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The road, although sealed and maintained to state highway standards is, nevertheless, a challenging drive.

Safety:
Milford Road is a scenic highway and everyone will travel at different speed. If you are holding up other travellers please be courteous, pull over at a safe site and allow queued traffic to pass. When parking at a scenic spot along the road, be sure to make the best use of the sometimes limited space available, so as not to inconvenience other travellers wishing to stop at the same site. Always be aware of pedestrians.
The road, although sealed and maintained to state highway standards is, nevertheless, challenging and , in places, a narrow winding drive. The scenery can be distracting - take your time, be aware of other road user and if you wish to enjoy the views pull over with plenty of warning.

Winter Conditions:
During winter (May to September), driving conditions can be extremely challenging. Freezing temperatures will cause the road to ice over in places. At this time of year the traffic numbers are low, so it’s advisable to leave later in the morning ( 9.00am onwards). Drive with extreme care, especially in areas where the road is in the shade.
The road can sometimes be covered in snow and ice. You must carry snow chains for your vehicle during winter. (These are available for hire from Te Anau garages , Te Anau Hire Services or ask your Rental Car Company) Make sure you know how to fit them before starting your journey.
There are many Guided Tour options from Te Anau to Milford Sound available if you would like somebody else to do the driving for you.
The section of the road between the Hollyford Road junction and The Chasm is a restricted NO STOPPING ZONE as this is an avalanche area.
Roadside information signs at Te Anau, Knobs Flat and Milford also advise current road conditions. If you have started your journey and find the road conditions are too difficult, you can leave your car or campervan at Knobs Flat and catch a coach to Milford Sound. You can contact the coach companies using the card-phone and freephone numbers located at Knobs Flat.

During winter you must carry snow chains for your car, bus or campervan. If you are not confident about driving in winter conditions take a coach, relax and enjoy the winter scenery. Let someone else do the driving.

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