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Things to do in  Fiordland & Milford Sound

Welcome to Fiordland & Milford Sound

Etched into the southwest coast of New Zealand's South Island, Fiordland is a mecca for nature-loving travelers thanks to its dramatic cliffs, roaring waterfalls, and, of course, 14 glacier-carved fiords. Milford Sound is the only fiord accessible by road, making it a top spot for kayaking, boat cruises, and flightseeing tours. But if you have time and want something a bit more secluded, opt for a cruise through Doubtful Sound, also known as the Sound of Silence. Either way, most visitors start their adventure in the town of Te Anau, which is a scenic drive or bus ride from Queenstown, Dunedin, or Invercargill.

Top 9 attractions in Fiordland & Milford Sound

Milford Sound

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With its soaring cliffs, dramatic glacial valleys, and thundering waterfalls, it’s easy to see why Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited sights. This natural wonder is the star attraction of Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife haven for dolphins, seals, and penguins.More

Fiordland National Park

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Sprawling along New Zealand’s southwest coast, Fiordland National Park represents the country at its most photogenic: jagged mountains, rugged glacial valleys, and glittering fjords. This UNESCO World Heritage Site harbors some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural wonders, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Lake Te Anau, as well as rare Fiordland penguins, dolphins, seals, and sea lions.More

Mitre Peak

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With a stark profile and dramatic location, Mitre Peak’s bare summit towers 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) above Milford Sound. The flanks of Mitre Peak drop steeply into the water, affording spectacular views of the mountain, whether you’re cruising past the base, kayaking in Milford Sound, or swooping by on a scenic flight.More

Doubtful Sound

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While tour buses may flock to neighboring Milford Sound, the wild landscapes of Doubtful Sound are equally enchanting and much less crowded. Framed by looming cliffs and dotted with rocky islets and tumbling waterfalls, this natural fjord is three times longer and has 10 times more surface area than Milford Sound. It is also centrally located at the heart of Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More

Lake Te Anau

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New Zealand’s spectacular Fiordland region is home to Lake Te Anau, the 2nd-largest lake in the country. Explore the lake from the township of Te Anau near the lake outflow, or take a cruise along one of the three fjords forming arms that extend into the old-growth forest on the lake’s western flank.More

Lake Manapouri

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Nestled within Fiordland National Park, Lake Manapouri is surrounded by the majestic Cathedral Range and dotted with 33 islands. Forested slopes descend into the water, creating impressive waterfalls and isolated sandy coves perfect for swimming and picnics. It is also the jumping-off point for travel to Doubtful Sound.More

Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory)

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After you’ve cruised on the surface of Milford Sound and looked up at its lofty peaks, take a journey underwater at the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, commonly called the Milford Sound Observatory. The large underwater viewing room is 32 feet (10 meters beneath the water, and you’ll see coral, fish, birds, and other wildlife.More

Milford Track

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Soaring peaks dive into lush forests on the 4-day Milford Track, New Zealand’s most famous hiking trail. Often called the “finest walk in the world,” the Milford Track travels through the UNESCO-listed Fiordlands, a dramatic setting crisscrossed by a network of suspension bridges, winding waterways, narrow trails, and open valleys.More

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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The Te Anau Glowworm Caves are one of New Zealand's most mesmerizing natural wonders, boasting a labyrinth of grottoes, tunnels, dramatic rock formations, and underground waterfalls. Adventure abounds—visitors can cruise across Lake Te Anau, scramble through the caves, and marvel at a glittering canopy of tiny glowworms.More

Top activities in Fiordland & Milford Sound

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour
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Scenic Flight Transfer to Queenstown from Milford Sound
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Milford Sound Cruise - RealNZ
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Milford Track Day Walk

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Recent reviews from experiences in Fiordland & Milford Sound

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Great tour to see Milford...
Trevor_K, Nov 2022
Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
Great tour to see Milford sound, I recommend taking the flight back if you can to mix up the experience
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Breath taking....
eric_m, Oct 2022
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
You don't need to go to Norway to see the Fiord.
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A Magical Day at Milford!
Brit_C, Jul 2022
Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
Loved the waterfalls, dolphins, and majestic scenery.
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Exceptional!!!!!
Courtney_K, Nov 2022
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
The service was amazing and the views were spectacular, we were also lucky enough to see dolphins on the day also which made it even more special.
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Memorable 2 hour nice Milford sound cruise with nice cruise team
Pavlesh_S, Nov 2022
Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience
They stop cruise at all key destination for tourist to take nice picture and bring cruise close to mountain to get very nice view of water fall .
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Milford Sound Tour
jackie, Nov 2022
Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Buffet Lunch from Queenstown
Amazing waterfalls and scenery.
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Amazing guide, amazing scenery, amazing tour!
trishlemon, Oct 2022
Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
We were very lucky on our cruise to see dolphins swimming by our boat, fur seals and penguins!
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Love it 😊
Evely_M, Jan 2022
Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Buffet Lunch from Queenstown
Unforgettable experience , my family enjoyed the Milford sound cruise lucky enough to see the dolphins 👍👌🏽
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Excellent
Michael_C, Jan 2022
Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
Highlight was seeing the dolphins and waterfall.
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Wonderful cruise
Isabella_D, Nov 2021
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
We had a wonderful time on the Milford Sound cruise - the operators showed us some wonderful sights and got very close to the waterfalls and wildlife.
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Fantastic Experience
Bev, Oct 2020
Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience
I particularly enjoyed going out to the heads and going under the waterfall-sure we got wet and cold but well worth it.
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Breathtaking
Kelsey_D, Sep 2020
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Driving into Milford was so breathtaking, surrounded by mountains, and waterfalls.
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The boat trip.
Penny_C, Mar 2020
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
The waterfalls are amazing.
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Snowy mountain tops and lakes
Laura_S, Feb 2020
Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise
The waterfalls were spectacular.
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The rain made for great waterfalls..but
PATSY195261, Dec 2019
Premium Milford Sound Cruise
However the fast flowing rivers and the waterfalls were magnificent.
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Great location and well organised tour
Mansi H, Dec 2019
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
We were lucky enough to be visiting Milford sounds after rain as a result, there were a number of waterfalls with plenty of water.
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Lovely cruise
jsang22, Nov 2019
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional lunch
Got to see mountains, waterfalls, and penguins.
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We enjoyed the information the...
Gail B, Mar 2018
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
We enjoyed the information the nature guide provided as the boat slowly cruised around Milford Sound and took us very close to the waterfalls and seals so we could take photographs.
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This was an amazing tour. I had a...
Kishan S, Feb 2018
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional lunch
Waterfalls, Fog, Drizzles, Rough waters!!
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Such an excellent experience...
Julie_C, Feb 2017
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
With the rain came the thousands of waterfalls we were able to see.
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