Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 3,000 feet. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. Boat cruises – during the day or overnight – are an excellent way to experience the Sound. Adventurous types might also like to head out sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing.
Hollyford Track Premier One Day Guided Heli-Hike
Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track wilderness experience is one of the greatest guided walks in New Zealand. Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years, from the snow-capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. Your expert guide will collect you from your Queenstown accommodation and transport you to your helicopter. You’ll fly over some of New Zealand’s most breath taking alpine scenery. Take a rewarding walk through a mystical forest to Lake Alabaster and a scenic wilderness jet boat ride, speeding along the swift clear waters of the Hollyford River and Lake McKerrow. Walk through an ancient forest of impressive giant native trees believed to be up to 1500 years old. Then your helicopter will whisk you away for a lunch before embarking on an amazing scenic flight along the rugged and isolated coast and into the extraordinary Milford Sound including a ‘highlight’ landing on the glacial plateau of Mt Tutoko.
From $3,499 per person
Full Day Coach Tour
Today, you will be collected by Real Journeys and travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road, to Milford Sound. Board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Return transport by luxury coach to Queenstown.
From $179 per person
* Also available with journeys by plane and helicopter
A 2 hour cruise of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer. These modern vessels, purpose built for operating in a fiord environment, have been designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow, and have real character. These relaxing cruises have special appeal for the independent traveler. An on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for wildlife.
Price upon request
Mariner Overnight Cruise
Depart from the Milford Wharf aboard the Milford Mariner, and cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Explore many points of interest including waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with the experienced nature guide on board. Upon reaching the open sea, subject to weather and favourable conditions the sails are hoisted for a period. The vessel then returns and anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove. Activities include kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender craft.
1 Double ex Milford All Room types – en-suite bathrooms
From $356 per person