Milford Sound (Self-Drive)
The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound is awe-inspiring. Milford Sound is 121km from Te Anau but it is important to point out this drive can take up to 3 hours over the busy season.
When you self-drive to Milford Sound you will be sharing the road with other cars, campervans and large tour coaches. Because most people plan their trip to Milford Sound to coordinate with cruise times, traffic along the road is often heavy. To avoid this traffic it is best to leave either very early in the morning or later in the day.
Choosing to drive to Milford Sound by car in your own time can be a rewarding experience but it’s important to plan your drive to Milford Sound carefully. This way you’ll have plenty of time to see the highlights and soak up the overwhelming natural beauty of the Fiordland area, while staying safe. An alternative option is to travel by bus or coach and book a day tour including a cruise.
We love working with Real Journeys. They’re a great, reliable tour company and one we confidently recommend.
There are two types of cruises in Milford Sound- Scenic and Nature Cruises.
Other than the durations of the trips, the differences are: The Nature cruise has specialist Nature guides on board the boats, giving you a live (English Only) commentary throughout the trip. The Nature cruise is also on a smaller boat and does have less people on board.
Scenic Cruise 1 hour 45 minutes:
Nature Cruise 2 hours 15 minutes:
Please note prices and times are indicative and may vary from time to time. We always have specials running- please contact us to book!