Things You Can’t Miss in Milford Sound!
The “Eighth Wonder of the World” is often seen as the most picturesque place in a country renowned for its scenery. Where do you begin knowing what is the best way to experience it? Well, if like most people, you have limited time in Milford Sound, then check out this list of Milford Sound must-dos so you don’t miss any of the highlights!
Not only does Milford Sound have a few different ways to experience the famous fiord, but there are also so many things to do even on the road to Milford Sound. Check out all your options in our Guide to Milford Sound and the Milford Road. But for the purpose of this must-do list for Milford Sound, we’ll keep things as concise as possible! However, if you are lucky enough to be able to stay around for a while, be sure to check out 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Te Anau & Milford Sound.
1. Milford Sound Cruise
Ok, if you have heard anything about Milford Sound then this is going to seem like a pretty obvious choice. Although kayaking and scuba diving is another way to get out on the water, cruising Milford Sound is definitely the most accessible for any type of traveller. You’ll see all the highlights of the Milford Sound, including Stirling Falls and a seal colony, with many more photo opportunities. Plus, cruises are affordable and don’t take up too much time out of your day, freeing you up for more awesome Milford Sound must-dos!
2. Hike to the Key Summit
When making your way on the Milford Sound Road (or back again) spare three hours for the Key Summit Track! This hike is part of The Routeburn Track Great Walk. After a steep zig-zagging climb, you’ll be amazed at how immersed in the mountain scenery you will feel. Around the boardwalk on the Key Summit, you have spectacular mountain views on every side (if the weather is clear). This walk is a great taste into the Fiordland National Park scenery and wilderness so that’s why it has a solid position in this must-do list!
Location: The Divide car park. 84km along the Milford Sound Road from Te Anau.
3. Stop by the Mirror Lakes
It’s so accessible that it would be a crime to just drive right past it! The Mirror Lakes is right on the roadside when taking the road to Milford Sound. A 2-minute walk will bring you to a super reflective lake holding the image of mountains in its waters.
Location: Well signposted 57km along the Milford Sound Road from Te Anau.
4. Do the Milford Foreshore Walk
So you’ve probably taken a million photos on the Milford Sound cruise. But that one view that a lot of people forget to capture is from the Milford Sound foreshore. Take the 20-minute loop walk from the waterfront car park to arguably some of the best views of Milford Sound where you’ll see Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls, Bowen Falls, Lion Rock and Sinbad Gully all from one place.
Location: Milford Sound Foreshore.
5. Do a Scenic Flight
At this point, what we really want to do is say that your fifth Milford Sound must-do is to stay around awhile! There is so many breathtaking hikes, multi-day tramps, scuba diving, kayaking, underwater observatories and more! However, if you have to fly off then literally fly off! Another enchanting perspective of Milford Sound is from above, so if you have the budget, a flight over Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park is a must-do!