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How to Spend 2 Days in Fiordland & Milford Sound

How to Spend 2 Days in Fiordland & Milford Sound

With two days to spend in Fiordland National Park, you can visit Milford Sound and still have time to see Doubtful Sound, both fjords as beautiful as they are remote. Start in Te Anau or Queenstown for day trips into the wildly scenic destinations, or opt for an overnight cruise to either Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound. Here’s where to start.

 

Day 1: Cruising Milford Sound

**Morning:**Choose between a scenic flight and overland trip as you travel to Milford Sound from Te Anau or Queenstown. Just don’t snooze through the ride, since the journey into Fiordland National Park is as dramatic as the coastal scenery.

**Afternoon:**Hit the water on the boat of your choice, with the option to cruise Milford Sound in a sightseeing boat or join a kayak tour along the shoreline. As you head toward the Tasman Sea, watch for the native seals, dolphins, and birds that thrive in the pristine environment.

**Night:**Head back to shore for the return trip through Fiordland National Park, unless you’ve opted for an overnight cruise. Keep your camera out for the return journey, since evening is a gorgeous time to see the winding roads, lakes, and peaks that you’ll pass along the way.

 

Day 2: Doubtful Sound Discovery

**Morning:**Spend your second day in Fiordland exploring remote Doubtful Sound, which enchants with clear water, soaring granite, and resident penguins. Get there by boat and coach from Te Anau, then step off the bus to take a closer look; as with Milford Sound, exploring Doubtful Sound is best done by boat. 

 

**Afternoon:**The lush vegetation that grows here is thanks to impressive annual rainfall, but boats with both indoor cabins and open-air decks ensure you can see Doubtful Sound in any weather; if you arrive in a rainstorm, you’ll be treated to views of the fjord transformed by hundreds of waterfalls.

**Night:**Unless you’re on an overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound, enjoy sunset views as you wind back through Fiordland National Park on your way back to Te Anau; all that exploring means working up an appetite, but you’ll be back in time for dinner.

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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

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Take a window seat for a scenic round-trip flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and see the splendor of Fiordland National Park from the air and sea. Board a cruise and pass dramatic waterfalls and Mitre Peak as you travel to the Tasman Sea. Then soar over the Southern Alps on your return.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$274,13
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise by Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$129,47
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

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Cruise Milford Sound from Te Anau during this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. See the crown jewel of New Zealand’s South Island by luxury coach, stopping en route at the Mirror Lakes before boarding a cruise on luxurious catamaran journey past waterfalls and steep-walled pinnacles such as famous Mitre Peak.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$93,30
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Sunriser Classic Sea Kayaking Trip from Milford Sound

Sunriser Classic Sea Kayaking Trip from Milford Sound

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Kayak through the striking scenery of Milford Sound on this half-day paddling tour from Deepwater Basin. With a guide leading the way, you can focus on paddling and taking in the scenery on the journey. Paddle a big loop around the area, suitable for those of reasonable physical fitness. Learn about the area's environment and ecosystem through your guide's commentary as you travel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100,54
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Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

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Experience the Milford Sound on foot, by air, and by water on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Soak in the sights of New Zealand as you fly to Milford Sound to meet your guide. Ride the ferry to the Milford Sound track, then hike for two hours to reach the Giant Gate Waterfall. Afterwards, relax on board a scenic Milford Sound boat cruise before returning to Queenstown by air. Includes lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$628,54
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Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Te Anau

Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Te Anau

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Take a cruise on Milford Sound, arguably the most scenic destination on New Zealand’s South Island, during this day trip from Te Anau. En route, you’ll tour the features of Fiordland National Park, home to untouched alpine forest, pristine waterways, glaciers and soaring peaks. Experience sightseeing stops and bush walks before a boat excursion, including a buffet lunch and narration by a well-versed guide. Numbers are limited to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$151,89
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US$151,89
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Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau

Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau

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Experience the majesty of Milford Sound in the clear morning hours with a daybreak kayaking trip from Te Anau. Relax and enjoy the scenery along spectacular Milford Road as your driver approaches the launch point, and then embark on the popular Sunriser Classic kayak tour that highlights the sound’s best waterfalls, wildlife, and peaks.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$122,24
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