How to get to Milford Sound
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Getting to Milford Sound
The road to Milford Sound is highly scenic and has many beautiful stops and short walks. If you plan on driving yourself you may like to download our self-drive info sheet and check out some of the amazing spot along the way. As any local will tell you the drive to Milford is as important as the sound itself.
Milford Sound Public Car park
147-157 Milford Sound Highway, Southland, New Zealand, 9679
Car parking at Milford can be in short supply so please allow extra time to find a park in the summer months.
Take an easy 5 minute scenic walk to the terminal building via the raised walkway and check in at 20 minutes before the departure time at the Cruise Milford Desk on your left as you enter through the main entrance.
By Coach from Queenstown
Travel in style on our 5 star luxury glass roof coach with one of our friendly local drivers. This coach is designed to make your day comfortable with extended legroom and forward facing driver view camera.
Departing Queenstown at 06:45am, we travel along the side of Lake Wakatipu and through the farming region of Southland before making a 30 minute coffee and rest stop at Te Anau. From Te Anau, we travel the Milford Highway, making stops along the way at great photo opportunities like the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Monkey Creek and The Chasm. You will arrive in Milford to connect with the Milford Adventurer and the 12:45pm cruise Departure.
Following your cruise, your driver will meet you and transfer you back to Te Anau for another short coffee and rest stop and then on to Queenstown arriving back at approximately 6:30pm. We pick up and drop off at all major downtown Queenstown hotels and bus stations along Frankton Road including the main Frankton bus shelter. If you are staying out of the main area, then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist with connecting you to one of the bus pick ups points.
By Coach from Te Anau
We have dedicated Te Anau and Queenstown Coach Departures departing daily (excluding Christmas day).
Te Anau on a small group tour with our Destination Milford Sound day trip departing 7:45am and returning 4.00pm with the focus on true local knowledge and history and taking you to some of the less visited spots along the way.
Queenstown on our 5 star luxury Glass roof coach in partnership with Grayline departing 6:45am and returning 6.30pm (over summer November 1 – April 30 we also have a 9am departure from Queenstown returning at approximately 8.30pm).
Both of these departures connect with the Milford Adventurer for our Milford Sound cruises.
This is how to get the very best of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and your day. Our local drivers have years of experience in this region and are a wealth of information so even if you only join us and you will soon find that this is the way to do Milford Sound as our drivers are always happy to show you a few of their “secret spots”.
Air Milford operates a fleet of aircraft, and proud to operate the only turbo prop Cessna Caravan’s (with 13 passenger capacity) in the Queenstown area. This state-of-the-art aircraft offers passenger’s excellent views whilst enjoying smooth, quiet air conditioned comfort and luxurious leather seats. Milford Sound Fly Backs: An ideal option for those who have coached to Milford Sound. This way you see it all.
If you wish to see some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery in style, consider taking a helicopter to Milford Cruise from Queenstown. While flying is a popular option among those who want to reach Milford Sound swiftly, some may wish to add a little more privacy to their experience. Choosing a helicopter ride is the simplest way to do this.