Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world and is considered a must do on a New Zealand travel itinerary. Located in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound showcases the very best in New Zealand scenery with ancient rainforest, tranquil waters and stunning waterfalls and is deemed to be the most famous natural attraction in the country. The sheer size of Milford Sound is impressive in its own right and are best experienced on a guided tour. There are plenty of Milford Sound tours to choose from including leisurely scenic cruises, breathtaking scenic flights and hiking tours through some of the most ancient rainforests on the planet.
Milford Sound accommodation is usually found at Te Anau and Queenstown which provides the perfect base for your tour. Both towns provide a good range of accommodation of all kinds from simple backpackers through to hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts as well as an excellent selection of cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping. Coach tours generally include transport to and from Milford Sound, with most also including a cruise or alternative tour so this can be the most cost effective way to travel. Real Journeys have several Milford Sound cruises to choose from which range from 1-4 hour tours to overnight wilderness adventures.
Scenic cruises depart daily and usually include onboard meals, full commentary and translators. Milford Sound offers nature cruises, sailing adventures, power cat cruises and voyages aboard traditional trading ships depending on your preferred style and price. A local underwater observatory displays a variety of Milford Sound underwater life including the rare black coral which is not usually found in such shallow waters. Dolphins, seals and penguins are frequently seen on and around the massive rock formations throughout the fiords and cliff faces’ support colonies of primeval plant life.
Milford Sound attractions and activities include kayaking, diving, sailing, bush walking and scenic flights. Scenic flights depart from Queenstown and Te Anau by helicopter or fixed wing plane. The views from the air take in everything from the snow capped Southern Alps and Milford Sound out to the West Coast beaches. Avid hikers will enjoy walks in the area such as the famous Milford Track. You can walk the track during autumn, summer and spring while bush walkers have a great choice of clearly marked trails to follow. Whatever way you decide to explore Milford Sound it is sure to leave a lasting impression.