Milford Sound, Te Anau

Experience New Zealand's untouched wilderness by cruising Milford Sound, a fjord located within a World Heritage Site encompassing four national parks. Moved by the sight of rocky cliffs rising out of perfectly still water, writer Rudyard Kipling once described this fjord as the eighth wonder of the world. Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed mountains on the planet, towers over the sound. Most of the area's half a million annual visitors arrive by one of many bus tours from Queenstown offering easy access to this pristine natural world. Numerous operators also offer flights from Queenstown, drastically reducing transit time and giving you extra time for additional activities that day. If you're staying closer to the national park, you can reach the fjord by hiking a 50 km (31 mi) walking trail starting at Lake Te Anau. Before you head to Te Anau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Te Anau route website , to make sure you see all that Te Anau has to offer, including Milford Sound.
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  • The road out is a discovery in itself with many highlights to stop for and photograph on the way. Once you wind your way daown after the tunnel there are waterfalls and fast flowing streams its just m...  more »
  • We just completed a day tour to Milford Sound from Te Anau with Great Sights, and have nothing but praise. (Be advised, the day's spectacular weather may have biased these opinions!) Boarded our bus i...  more »
  • An awesome place to see amazing scenery! With the added bonus of seeing some wildlife too. Every time I go it blows my mind. Well worth the travel.
  • Must do for all who are in the area! Well worth the drive there. There's several scenic stopovers along the way too!
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