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.
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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.
Combine the majestic beauty of a remote Fiordland New Zealand river, a bountiful supply of trout and the thrill of a jet boat ride, and you have a Fish Jet, Fiordland fishing trip... Fun for experienced anglers and the whole family alike.
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.
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