Nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World'. Milford Sound is actually a fiord – a drowned glacial valley, a romantic blend of stillness and dramatic peaks.
The beautiful scenery includes the incredible Mitre Peak, one of the highest mountains in the world to rise directly from the ocean floor, as well as stunning waterfalls that crash down into the serene waters. Dolphins, seals and penguins can be seen in their natural environment, as you discover the magic of this deep fiord.
Cruising Milford Sound
Towering peaks and cascading waterfalls - enjoy a spectacular Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise to truly appreciate the splendor of this area. Cruise along the Southern side of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and return up the Northern side past Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point.
An overnight cruise amidst magnificent Milford Sound is a once in a lifetime experience. The Milford Mariner cruises the length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in Harrison Cove. Try kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender craft, with an experienced nature guide on board.
Doubtful Sound is an unspoiled wilderness of many moods, one minute clear, blue and sun drenched, the next mysterious and mist shrouded. A wild place of dense rainforest, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and deep still waters quiet, serene and green.
Your adventure begins on the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri, then over Wilmot Pass viewing some of Fiordland's densest rainforest and colorful alpine moss gardens, before the dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. Look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins come alongside the vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks and rare penguins can be observed.
Whatever the mood, the real pleasure comes from taking in the subtleties – the forest covered mountainsides, the different colors on the rocks where various water lines have left their mark, the feeling of solitude...these are the things that make people rave about Milford Sound and come back time and time again.
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.
Reply by Viator, May 2013
Doing what: Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch
The boat was comfortable, the narration by the boat captain was very informative, the weather was clear and warm and the views were spectacular!
Reply by Viator, April 2013
Doing what: Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau
This was a highlight of our trip. cabins great, staff great, food beautiful, Milford Sound is just an amazing place.