Piopiotahi Milford Sound

Often described as the “eighth wonder of the world”, the jewel in Fiordland’s crown and one of New Zealand’s top travel destinations, Piopiotahi Milford Sound was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, forest-clad cliffs rise vertically from clear, dark waters, waterfalls cascade downwards into the sea from as high as 1000 metres, and mountain peaks scrape the sky - the most famous being the monumental Mitre Peak which rises 1,700 metres out of the water.

Despite its name, Milford Sound is actually a fiord. It is the only fiord in New Zealand accessible by road, with booming tourism leading to the opening of the Homer Tunnel in 1953. Attracting international trampers to the area for more than 100 years, the 53.5km Milford Track is a major drawcard - often called “the finest walk in the world”. Boat cruises are a hugely popular and easy way to experience the Sound. There are also opportunities for sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing for those more adventurous.

Milford Sound Lodge
Milford Sound Lodge © Fin Matson

If you're heading into Milford Sound and want to stay in the fiord, Milford offers various scenic campsites, and campgrounds as well as a stunning lodge. Whether you’re staying a night before setting…

2 hikers on Key Summit
Key Summit © Southern Way

For many, the Te Anau-Milford Highway offers the first taste of Fiordland’s spectacular national park. So why not pull over and take some time to explore all the area has to offer? There are many walks and…

Milford Sound