Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Maori) is one of 14 fiords lying within Fiordland National Park and has been judged the worlds top travel destination in an international survey.
Lying at the most northern and accessible end of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is reached either by road, air or foot. The road to Milford Sound is considered to be one of the world’s finest alpine drives. There are plenty of tour operators providing travel to Milford, or you can take your own time and drive yourself.
Join one of the operators for a boat cruise, which is a unique opportunity to get close-up views of some of the best scenery Fiordland has to offer. Be inspired as mountain peaks soar overhead and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into the sea below. Often, dolphins accompany your cruise up the sound and seals and penguins are a common sight.
With over 20 years experience in guiding small groups through Fiordland, Trips and Tramps is the choice for experiencing this region. Join Trips & Tramps for a more personal and un-hurried Fiordland experience. Trips & Tramps specialise in providing small group trips to Milford with experienced guides that are knowledgeable and passionate about Fiordland.
A locally based private company operating in Fiordland National Park and offering a range of coach, cruise and air adventures. Milford Sound is awe-inspiring. Getting there is definitely part of the experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view from a luxury glass-roofed coach, specially designed for your comfort and safety.
Mitre Peak Cruises leads the way in small, scenic cruises of spectacular Milford Sound, offering regular two-hour trips traversing the deep waters of Milford Sound. A Mitre Peak cruise take you into the very heart and soul of the Fiord and is also the only cruise option that goes past St Anne’s lighthouse and out into the Tasman Sea, thus giving passengers a chance to enter Milford Sound from the outside, approaching it just as the first sealers did at the end of the 18th century.
Hidden under the surface in Harrison Cove is a unique and beautiful environment – there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it. In the middle of Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, the Underwater Observatory enables you to experience the magic of this special world, previously the exclusive realm of divers. Descend 64 steps (10 metres) underwater into a large, fully air conditioned viewing area where large windows with excellent optical clarity open your eyes to this deep underwater haven. Unlike an aquarium, the fish are free to come and go; it’s the people who are contained.