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Top 5 ways to experience Milford Sound

New Zealand's breathtaking fjord is one of the world's top destinations. Rudyard Kipling once described it as the 8th Wonder of the World, and he hadn't even seen it in all the ways available to you! Which of these takes your fancy?


From Mitre Peak to the waterfalls and rainforest, a scenic cruise of the fjord is the best way to capture its magnificence on camera!


Kayak tours are great for exploring the nooks and crannies that bigger boats can't reach. Perfect for seeing dolphins, seals, and even penguins!


Milford Sound is rife with hiking trails for all ability levels, so anyone can discover its mountainous panoramas and lush vegetation for themselves!


Not the cheapest options of course, but light plane and helicopter tours reveal the time-sculpted landscape at its most awe-inspiring!

Photo: empty007@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Milford Sound is arguably the most beautiful place on earth, and that's only above the water! Hire a diving instructor to help reveal the dazzling secrets beneath it!

Milford Sound: Our Tips

Best time to visit?

Peak Season is around the new year when New Zealand's South Island is at its warmest. It never gets hot per se, but if your priority is avoiding the crowds and high prices then go in fall between March and May. Beware though, Milford Sound is one of the wettest inhabited places in the world, and the rain can be freezing in spring and fall, even on warm days!

What to wear?

Be sure to bring a good rain coat and sturdy, waterproof walking boots, even if you're not going on a hike. Remember that rain is part of the experience! Wrap up warm if you're going on a cruise. If you're not, it's worth packing a few extra layers anyway just in case the temperatures drop suddenly.

What to bring?

We recommend that you pack light, but bring a water bottle, protection against the sun, and insect repellant. (DEFINITELY DO NOT forget the insect repellant!) You should probably take your camera too!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Always open.
  • What is the price?
    Ticket prices vary based on the type of activities possible, like kayaking, boating, and flying.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guided tour of the area is a great idea and there are many options and activities available!
  • How to get there
    Milford Sound is 295km from Queenstown and 121km from Te Anau.
  • Additional tips
    • Be prepared for rapid changes in weather, insects, and sun exposure!
    • Pack light, but make sure you have water and a couple layers of clothing.

What People Are Saying About Milford Sound

Really beautiful landscape and nice weather

Everything's fine, good presentation of the guide tour about the different places.
Encounter Nature Cruise in Milford Sound Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/31/2016

Excellent informative guide and wonderful day.

We had a great day, small group, time to see some different things on the way home, lovely lunch and the Milford Sound was magnificent with enough time to see it all.

Thousands of waterfalls, like in a fantasy worlds

First, I thought the rain will ruin the trip, but actually it made it even better. Thanks to the rain we could see thousands of waterfalls. It was amazing, like a fantasy world. The guide was also very informative. It was a bit like travelling with David Attenborough.
Milford Sound: Full-Day from Queenstown with Cruise & Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/19/2016

After some confusion at the desk when we checked in, things went well.

The views are stunning and guides very informative. A little windy on the kayaking but very enjoyable. An unbelievable place!
Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound Reviewed by Linda, 12/31/2015

Milford Sound definitely lived up to its reputation!

What a fantastic trip! I was concerned about the trip down to Milford Sound but had no need to be! The scenery on the way is just as beautiful as the Sound. With Oz giving us a detailed account of the history and sites on the way. He is a real character and made the trip. You can tell he genuinely cares about his passengers and the local environment of which he lives in as well. The Skipper of the cruise was also very informative and we enjoyed it immensely. The light lunch on board was perfect as was the weather. We would definitely recommend this day tour to Milford Sound.

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