Your guide to

Milford Sound

Named the 8th wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, Milford Sound is one of the highlights of Fiordland – and for many – of New Zealand.

  • Untouched beauty
  • Massive waterfalls
  • Towering mountains
  • Diverse native wildlife
  • Stunning in all weather conditions
  • An exciting drive or flight in
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How to get to Milford Sound

Though this popular location is well-known, many people don’t put much thought into how they’ll get there – but you’ll want to.

Milford Sound is generally accessed from Queenstown or Te Anau.

To get there, you’ll drive, join a tour by road, fly or possibly even sail on a cruiseship.

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from Queenstown

Altitude Tours

With panoramic minivans and amazing guides, you’re in for a treat. This is the best way to get from Queenstown to Milford Sound by road! Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT10

from Te Anau
Tourists standing beside the road with a field behind them and cloud-covered mountains.

Fiordland Tours

If you’d prefer not to drive from Te Anau, join Ray on a small-group guided tour to the most famous fiord in New Zealand. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT10

From Queenstown
Looking out the side window or an Air Milford Scenic plane at the snow capped mountain peak.

Air Milford

Our favourite scenic flight option. Pick from a range of flights, with Milford Sound being the most popular. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT

From Queenstown
A small white plane approaching Milford Sound's runway. Steep fiords and Milford Sound's blue water in between them.

Milford Sound Scenic Flights

Scenic flights, bus tours, guided walks and more to Milford. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT10

Scenic cruise/Tour
A white ferry with tourists cruising on Milford Sound.

Cruise Milford

Cruise Milford is our top pick. They undersell their trips to ensure plenty of room to move around and are family-owned. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT

Scenic cruise/Tour
Silver Mitre Peak Cruises boat on the Milford Sound under a large waterfall.

Mitre Peak Cruises

Another great option to see Milford Sound, Mitre Peak Cruises operates small boats, offering a range of tour options. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT10

Scenic cruise/Tour
Waterfalls as seen from a boat.

Pure Milford

Prefer a larger boat? This is our favourite luxe option.

Cruise only (from Milford)

Cruise + tour from Te Anau

Cruise + tour from Queenstown

Promo code: NZTT

Overnight cruise
Real NZ passenger ship motoring with vast cliffs and blue sky in the background.
Mint green box that says 'support NZTT' inside.


If you thought a day trip to Milford Sound was special (and it is), wait until you see the fiord in the still of night with all the other tourists gone. Bucket list!

Driving yourself

to Milford?

We can help with driving instructions, must-see stops and a discount for our favourite cruise operator.

Let someone else show you the sights

Joining a guided tour or scenic flight is a popular way to get to Milford Sound.

  • Sit back and relax
  • Enjoy expert commentary
  • Save time (by flying)
  • Visit from Queenstown in one day

There’s a lot to love about someone else doing the driving (or flying).

And, because this is NZTT, you know we’ve got suggestions to help you choose the best operator – and discounts too!

Pssssst…do you know the difference between

Milford & Doubtful Sound?

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