Milford Sound is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. Discover the amazing scenery during our truly unique experiences.
Let us take you on a journey on board the Milford Haven or immerse yourself at sea level on a kayak adventure surrounded by one of Nature’s best creations. We aim to make your experience as memorable and personal as possible. Go further than the average tourist and Go Beyond with us.
Can we drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound?
Yes, the drive is around three hours and one of the best drives in the world. Make sure you stop at the Mirror lakes, the Homer Tunnel and Eglington Valley for some awesome photos.
How long does it take to get to Milford Sound?
Driving to Milford Sound from Queenstown will take around 5 hours. Te Anau to Milford Sound is a 2 and ½ hours drive. We have added a little extra time to allow for photo stops and short walks. Make sure you fill up your tank at Te Anau as there are no petrol stations in the national park.
For more information refer to our Driving Times webpage.
What are the road conditions to Milford like in the winter?
Driving conditions during winter (May to September) can be difficult. Extreme care is needed as freezing temperatures mean the road can ice over in shaded places. During the winter it is mandatory to carry snow chains in your vehicle as the road can sometimes be covered in snow. These are available for hire from petrol stations in Te Anau and Queenstown.
Is there somewhere to park in Milford Sound?
There is a public car park at the Milford Sound Terminal. This is a ten-minute nature walk from the terminal, be sure to allow that time as you walk to your cruise.
I want to cruise Milford Sound but depart Queenstown and return to Te Anau, is this possible?
We operate round trip combined 'Coach + Cruise' excursions departing Te Anau & Queenstown. However if you want to depart Queenstown and return to Te Anau (or depart Te Anau and return to Queenstown), then please contact us directly info@GoOrange.nz as these trips are NOT bookable on the Go Orange website.
Can we stay in Milford Sound?
There is the Milford Sound Lodge accommodation. Here you can pick from cabin rooms, lodge rooms and campervan parks. The road to Milford Sound has a few campsites too, if you are a self-contained vehicle. There is no freedom camping in Fiordland National Park. Accommodation options are also available in Te Anau.
Is there anything else to do in Milford Sound apart from cruise?
You can take short nature walks around the terminal or opt for an epic multi day adventure on the Routeburn or Milford Track. How about kayaking Milford Sound? Go Orange offer day kayaking adventures, exploring deeper into the fiord and surrounds.
If I self-drive to Milford is there anything to do around the terminal?
You can now pay $10 to get a small boat across the harbour to Lady Bowen Falls for a short nature walk and to be right under one of Milford Sound’s resident waterfalls. There are also short nature walks around the terminal and a wooden rope swing you can find to snap some shots for the gram.
Does it always rain in Milford Sound?
No, but it is the wettest place on Earth so pack accordingly. Don’t be disheartened if it rains, the waterfalls are more powerful, and it still looks pretty epic.
Can we visit Lady Bowen falls?
Yes! The track has been closed since 2006 but now open to the public. If you speak to the harbour master, pay $10 you can jump in a small boat and explore the waterfall. To return just stand at the dock and the harbour master will come over to get you.