Milford Sound

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Introduction

Milford Sound/Piopiotahi is in the northwest of Fiordland National Park. Milford Road from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most scenic drives.

Highlights


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Enjoy magnificent scenery on Milford Road -  the U-shaped valleys open out to sheer, rugged basins and peaks. Once through the Homer Tunnel, you will see grand views down to sea level.

Iconic Mitre Peak - is one of the most recognised (and photographed) peaks in the world, with its sheer rock walls rising 1,692 m directly from the water. Enjoy some of the best views of Mitre Peak from the Milford Sound Foreshore Walk.

Walk the world famous Milford Track, or a half day walk on the Routeburn Track from The Divide, to enjoy unbelievable views from Key Summit.

Mountain climbing peaks - the Darran Mountains, accessed via the Gertrude Saddle and the Hollyford Valley, are well known for their exciting mountain climbing opportunities. 

A Coastal Gem - Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve is one of 10 marine reserves in Fiordland.

This is one of the wettest areas in the country (up to 7 m of rain per year) and has an incredibly rugged landscape carved by glacial ice. Under the water the mountains continue to depths of up to 265 m.

Place overview

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Scenic driving
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Milford Road/Milford Sound area

About this place

Getting there

The Milford Road (part of SH94) starts from Te Anau, and heads north towards Milford Sound/Piopiotahi (120 km).

The nearest town with facilities is Te Anau, and there are limited facilities at Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.

Allow about 2 hours to drive the whole Milford Road, without stops. There are many enjoyable short walks and viewpoints along the way, as well as DOC campsites should you wish to take more time.

Know before you go

Milford Road

See Milford Road tips for drivers to find out about planning your trip up the Milford Road and to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, how to get there, tips and a map for your drive, information on winter conditions and more.

Expect road closures and traffic delays due to weather conditions, rock falls, and snow/avalanche in winter.

Freedom camping (within 200 m of the road) is not allowed on the Milford Road. Find out more about freedom camping in New Zealand.

Prepare for your trip to Fiordland

Contacts

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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