The road to Milford Sound is full to the brim of beautiful scenes. The journey through Fiordland is just as spectacular as the destination itself¬ and our drivers are on hand to teach you everything they know about local legends, native animals, and Fiordland National Parks rich history. Driving to Milford Sound from Queenstown will take around 5-6 hours one way, this includes time for epic photo stops and short walks along the way.
Before you hop on one of our famous Orange buses here is a list that will help you prepare for one of the best adventures in New Zealand.
Milford Sound weather is unpredictable. With the highest annual rainfall than anywhere else in New Zealand, you need to pack some sensible clothing. Make sure you have something warm and waterproof packed away in your rucksack, after all, you wouldn’t want to spend your whole time inside, now would you? Milford is EPIC in the rain and best viewed from the top deck of the Milford Haven, be prepared for hundreds and hundreds of waterfalls.
Your day trip to Milford Sound is a long one, so being comfortable is key. Along the Milford Road, our drivers will stop for some epic photo opportunities and short nature walks so be sure to wear something sensible on your feet. Also, it’s important to have good shoes when out on the deck of our boat. Trainers or small hiking shoes are an excellent choice friend.
When you have departed Te Anau you won’t see an another ATM so be prepared with a little cash in your pocket. The Milford Haven has an onboard café and bar, serving up fresh eats sourced from local eateries as well as classic Kiwi Fish & Chips and bacon butties for the early risers. Plus, our team are all barista trained so fresh coffee is a must while cruising the sound.
Food & Water
As we mentioned before the coach trip is a long one after Te Anau there won’t be another snack stop. Be sure to pack some snacks for the coach and a water bottle. If time permits your driver may stop at Monkey Creek, here you can fill your bottle with some fresh glacial-fed water.
Taking photos of your adventure to upload to social media and make the rest of the world jealous is a thing, right? Well, we 100% support you, so much so we have installed USB charging points on our coaches and cruise so you can be fully charged & ready to snap away at all times. Don’t forget your spare battery and memory cards if bringing a camera, we want you to leave with epic photos of your day.
Believe it or not, you may still get a sunburn in the Winter in New Zealand. The Sun here is very powerful & when she’s out, she’s out. Be sure to pack a small sun cream to keep protected during your visit.
Headphones & chargers
If you are an avid podcast listener or music fanatic, then be sure to pack your headphones. You will be on the coach for a good few hours so be sure to download your favourite playlists as past Te Anau downs phone reception is a no go.
Sense of adventure
You are about to embark on a beautiful journey to one of the world’s best locations. Be sure to soak it all in and immerse yourself in all things Fiordland. They say there is never a bad day in Milford Sound, rain shine, wind or snow. The whole experience is epic & we can’t wait to share a slice of our backyard with you!