Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most famous attractions. There are a wide range of offers that bring you to Milford Sound. We decided to do a two-day boat trip and tell you if it was worth it!
Milford Sound – Book the right tour
Who wants to visit Milford Sound, is spoiled for choice! From a short boat trip to the multi-day complete package, there is everything your heart desires. You can book boat trips including a bus trip or go to Milford Sound by yourself and book the boat trip extra. You can choose a short trip on the Milford Sound from a few hours, or a multi-day tour with an overgnight cruise. In addition, you can also hike on the Milford Track to Milford Sound or even fly by plane. The tours start mostly from Queenstown or Te Anau.
Going by car or with the bus?
It depends on how much you enjoy driving yourself. The journey to Milford Sound takes about 4 hours from Queenstown, and two from Te Anau. If you drive yourself you should however plan at least one hour extra, because the route is really action-loaded! On the one hand, the road is relatively challenging to drive and on the other hand there are countless spectacular stops along the route.
The journey on the Milford Sound Highway was absolutely part of the “Milford Sound experience”. We would therefore not recommend to go by bus. The bus also stops at the most important stops, but it is true mass tourism according to the motto “Stop, get off, take pictures, continue!”. In addition, you are always with a lot of people on the road and have hardly any chance to enjoy the landscape just by yourself.
The overnight cruise on Milford Sound
We chose an overnight cruise on the “Milford Sound Wanderer”. On the one hand we wanted to escape the onslaught of the day tourists and on the other hand we wanted to experience the Milford Sound also in dusk and dawn. Another advantage of the overnight tour is that you do not have to go back on the same evening after the long drive and the boat trip on the Milford Sound. The tour with overnight stay on the “Milford Sound Wanderer” is available from 200 € per person (depending on the season), meals included! It is a little bit cheaper with the “Milford Sound Mariner”.
The trip begins in the late afternoon. There is a dinner and then you can choose between a boat trip in the motorboat on the Milford Sound or a short guided hike on the Milford Track. We did the hike.
In the morning there is breakfast. The daybreak in Milford Sound is also a great experience. After the breakfast, the journey goes on towards the Tasmanian Sea and past a seal colony and the Stirling Falls back to the pier. It is only in the late morning that the first boats meet with day tourists. Until then, only the two overnight boats will cross the Milford Sound. Just great!
Milford Sound day cruise or overnight cruise?