Best of Fiordland: Milford Sound & Te Anau
Enjoy the dramatic landscape of magical Fiordland, take a relaxed cruise on the sound or a more active experience with treks and kayaks. Whether starting out from Milford Sound or the trekking hub of Te Anau, you're perfectly positioned for cruising the Milford or Doubtful sounds and experiencing the unique beauty and wilderness of New Zealand's World Heritage-listed Fiordland.
Fiordland from Milford Sound
Located in 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of the Fiordland National Park, featuring magnificent untouched native forests, pristine waterways, lakes, glacier and high peaks, Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand. Travel along the Eglinton River to mountain lakes and the ancient alpine beech forest. Head towards Homer Tunnel for incredible mountain views alongside the crystal clear waters of the Hollyford River, then wind your way down the Cleddau Valley.
Take the Red Boats lunchtime cruise on majestic Milford Sound to see the wondrous Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls rising vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys to crash into the sound far below. Enjoy the wilderness landscape, and keep a look out for seals, penguins and dolphins!
An overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner takes you along the full length of this magnificent fiord to the Tasman Sea, anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Travel with an experienced nature guide, to explore the shorelines in the tender craft and kayaks or simply relax on deck.
Trips from Te Anau
The lakeside town of Te Anau is cruise central for touring the South Island's spectacular Fiordlands, with a magnificent backdrop of Mt. Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains and the only accessible road between Milford Sound and Queenstown.
Travel from Te Anau to Lake Manapouri and over the Wilmot Pass to experience some of Fiordland's densest rainforest and colorful alpine moss gardens. Journey to Deep Cove and take the Wilderness Cruise in the dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound, past rainforest, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and serene still waters. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins swim beside you, seals bask on the rocks and rare penguins can be observed.
Glide across Lake Te Anau by boat to a mysterious underground world into the magically lit glowworm caves of Te Anau. Explore the caves by path and small punt, drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of the glowworms. The delicate incandescence of thousands of these tiny critters is a magical sight.
Doubtful Sound tour is amazing. The captain of the boat while we were on the Doubtful Sound was very considerate of passengers and actively looked at making it a truly remarkable experience. This was done by slowing down for us to see dolphins and seals. Excellent tour company!
Reply by Viator, May 2013
Doing what: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau
My husband and I absolutely loved this tour. On the way the bus stops at various locations which is great to not only break up the trip but to see more great sights. The boat tour itself was great, we had rain the day before the trip so we could see many waterfalls, one which the boat went very close to (stay inside if you don't want to get wet!). We did both doubtful and milford sounds and would recommend doing both, however do this one first. More fun, but scenery not as spectacular.
My husband and I loved this trip. Were lucky enough to have beautiful weather. Doesn't get much better than sitting on the deck in the sun watching a pod of dolphins play. Magical.