Milford Sound is a fiord located in the beautiful Fiordland region in the south-west of the South Island. It was named after Milford Haven in Wales and lies roughly 287km from Queenstown (about a three and a half hour drive) and 757km from Christchurch (nearly a nine hour drive). The road to Milford is one of the most beautiful alpine drives in the world.
The discovery of the Mackinnon Pass in 1888 helped open up Milford Sound’s natural beauty to visitors. The pass has since become part of The Milford Track famously dubbed "the finest walk in the world". more
Thousands of visitors visit Milford Sound every day making the fiord one of New Zealand's most visited and most famous tourist spots. Almost every Milford Sound visitor takes a boat tour to view the amazing scenery and wildlife (seals, penguins, dolphins and birds). The fiord is surrounded by lush rainforest and sheer rock faces including Mitre Peak, The Elephant and The Lion and has two permanent waterfalls, the Lady Bowen and Stirling Falls. After heavy rain – Milford Sound is the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand – hundreds of temporary waterfalls are created.
There is only limited accommodation at Milford Sound itself, most visitors stay in Te Anau or Queenstown.
Take a moment to send a Fiordland related E-Postcard to your friends.
Please choose from the main accommodation, attractions, tours, transport or visitor information categories below for Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand.
Simply world famous, you just have to do it! Milford Sound with Air Fiordland. Every seat a window seat, enjoy enlightening commentary and friendly service. It took millions of years for nature to create the towering mountains and the glaciers to carve its deep fiords, but takes just a few hours to capture it with one of our scenic flights.
Air Milford proudly operates the only Cessna Caravan aircraft based in Queenstown. This aircraft offers leather seating, quiet air conditioned comfort and great viewing for all passengers. It is one of the safest aircraft flying today. Eco-tours, aircraft charters, fishing, hunting and personalised tours. Flights to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
Scenic flights over the South Island’s spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Enjoy a gourmet mountaintop heli picnic, an exhilarating guided mountain bike journey through Wanaka’s most exciting terrain, or soak up the unforgettable scenery during a flight to Mt Aspiring National Park’s glaciers. Alpine Helicopters offer guests a wide range of scenic heli adventures, from half day excursions to Fiordland and the West Coast, to short flights around the region.
Unforgettable personalised flights exploring the Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks with birds eye views possible only by helicopter. Take in the grandeur en route to a Milford Sound or Mount Cook experience, or enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Wanaka and its surrounds. Alpine landings included. Available also for airport transfers, filming, fishing etc.
Kayaking in Milford Sound is an extraordinary experience where the majesty of the landscape is all that more dramatic from sea level. Our Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound experience includes a Milford Sound cruise, entry to the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and one hour of kayaking around serene Harrison Cove.
Eco Tours provides luxury coach tours departing Queenstown and Te Anau, and Cruises of spectacular Milford Sound. Our Milford Sound tours are designed to show you the beauty and grandeur of Fiordland National Park. With stops for photos and walks along the way followed by a cruise of spectacular Milford Sound, be treated to an experience of a lifetime.
Scenic flights, tours and charters are just a rotor-beat away from Fiordland National Park. At 1.52 million hectares, it is New Zealand's largest national park and world heritage area. This environment offers a playground for recreational fishers, hunters, trampers or anyone wanting to explore the rugged beauty of Fiordland. Discover the wild beauty of Fiordland from the air.
Located on the highway to Milford Sound, Fiordland Lodge offers the discerning traveller style, comfort and privacy, yet is only five kilometres from the tourist township of Te Anau. On forty acres of land, Fiordland Lodge is set on a superb site with commanding views across Lake Te Anau. Members of the NZ Lodge Association and Select Hotels and Resorts.
Fiordland National Park was established in 1952 and contains stunning scenery including fiords, waterfalls and snow capped mountain peaks. Mitre Peak is one of the most photographed features in the park. Old rainforests and lakes are breathtaking and several famous tracks like the Milford, Kelper and Routeburn tracks dissect the park. Don't miss it.
Tranquil location right beside the lake at Te Anau Downs, just 30km north of Te Anau and 91kms from Milford Sound. We are only 600m from the boat departure point for the famous Milford Track. A peaceful area in Fiordland National Park with spectacular views. Two types of accommodation: motel units, or backpacker rooms - linen supplied and ensuites.
E-Postcards are fun to send and receive, and an ideal way to message a friend or family member. This E-Postcard features the beautiful Milford Sound in the Fiordland region of New Zealand.
Take the time to enjoy the Fiordland experience from above. See what is behind the mountain ranges that you see from the road. Be informed with commentary about the history and geology of Fiordland National Park. We focus on providing for the free independent traveller that prefers the service that comes from an owner operator.
Enjoy the longest, least crowded, best valued 2-hour cruise on the Milford Sound or a full-day experience on the more isolated Doubtful Sound. Take in the awesome majesty of mountains, rainforest, unique birds and sea creatures. Or glide right in amongst it in one of our kayaks alongside an experienced guide on your choice of one of 4 kayaking adventures.
Gray Line offer premium coach tours to New Zealand’s best tourist destinations including Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Waitomo, Queenstown and Milford Sound. But that’s not all. Everything we do - from our attraction packed tour itineraries, through to our luxury coaches, fantastic drivers and hosts – has been combined to ensure you really experience New Zealand.
Experience the adventure of a lifetime on New Zealand's premier walking tracks, the Great Walks! Leading you through awe-inspiring landscapes - from strolling along sandy shores to climbing above the clouds - there's something for everyone. Managed by the Department of Conservation, there are nine unforgettable journeys to choose from! Visit our website for a taste of what's on offer.
Locally owned and operated by Paul and Katherine Mitchell, Heli Tours provides visitors fresh new experiences using local, passionate pilots with extensive knowledge of local geography and history. Heli Tours showcases the best the region has to offer including glaciers, Milford Sound, high country farms and alpine lakes. Flights daily year round with courtesy pickup and delivery from Queenstown.
'Middle Earth' helicopter tours—Lord of the Rings scenic flights. Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters was contracted exclusively by Peter Jackson for aerial filming and transportation of cast to film locations in Lord of the Rings. Our helicopter pilots have an intimate knowledge of the area and can transport you into Middle Earth.
Join us aboard the Milford Adventurer for your JUCY Cruise Milford Sound boat cruise, where we offer the ideal personal, friendly, small boat experience. Marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth. See seals, dolphins and occasionally the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin and get close enough to feel the spray from the waterfalls.
We create independent walking holidays which include the Great Walks of New Zealand. No longer will you have to visit 3 or 4 different websites. We will plan and organize the walks for you, by pre-booking Department of Conservation huts, pre and post walk accommodation, transfers and our experienced staff will advise the best time to travel and more.
Kiwi Discovery specialise in the Queenstown Outdoor Adventure tourism industry and offers a variety of Milford Sound tours, skiing packages, hiking and outdoor adventures. Milford Sound has been described as the ‘8th wonder of the world’ and is a must see destination! Travelling through Southland and into the Fiordland National Park, the views are stunning with towering mountains overhead.
We were formed in 1988 and are the only aviation firm based at Milford Sound. Milford Helicopters undertakes all types of work including lifting, supply work, passenger transport for fishing and hunting parties, film and photography work. We are experienced pilots operating in a marvellous environment.
Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a sightseeing day cruise with Southern Discoveries. With cruises to suit every interest and timeframe, the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and kayaking tours, Southern Discoveries can deliver the entire Milford Sound experience.
Experience the tranquility of Milford Sound after the crowds leave. It's just not possible to experience this world heritage site in one day. Treat yourself in our luxury riverside chalets, book early to avoid disappointment. Or enjoy the comfort of affordable shared and private accommodation, powered and non-powered sites with all facilities needed to cater for yourself. On-site cafe.
Take an unforgettable trip in our glass roofed coach from Queenstown to Milford Sound with Milford Sound Select. Discover New Zealand's most dramatic landscapes and the beautiful World Heritage Fiordland National Park. If Safety and Comfort are your priorities, this is the tour for you! Includes a boat cruise on Milford Sound, we also have a scenic helicopter trip option.
This New Zealand map does not display any listings on the map itself but may provide navigation by clicking on map symbol. Alternatively select a category or a region from the main links to find and view tourism businesses.