Should You Visit Milford Sound?

Is Milford Sound worth visiting?

Yes, Milford Sound offers many reasons for a visit. It's a fiord everyone should explore, and our experience here was wonderful. We didn't want to leave.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this fiord has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the great hiking and amazing skiing.

Milford Sound is a fiord and natural area that is filled with stunning scenery and majestic mountains. There are rainforests, waterfalls, and the world renowned Milford Track. There are also lakes and beautiful boat trips, as well as world famous hikes.

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3 Reasons to Visit Milford Sound

1. Hiking

The Milford Track has long been considered one of the world's best hikes. It's also, arguably, the most famous hike in New Zealand. The 53 kilometer trek takes you from Lake Te Anau through stunning scenery, alpine settings, and across spectacular suspension bridges.

2. Skiing

Many locals head to the snow-capped peaks to enjoy skiing, but if you're unfamiliar with the area, a ski tour is your best option.

3. Authenticity

Milford Sound has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.

Things to Consider Before Visiting Milford Sound

Milford Sound doesn't top the list for most foodies. You'll find a restaurant or two in the small town of Milford Sound. Your best option is the Milford Sound Lodge. In the park you'll want to come prepared with your own food. Many organized tours include a picnic lunch.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Milford Sound might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Milford Sound here or see if Milford Sound is expensive here.


What is Milford Sound most famous for?

Milford Sound is most famous for its iconic hiking trails, stunning boat tours, and dramatic mountains. People visit this impressive fiord for its great hiking. Also, it's known for skiing. It is often described as breathtaking, world renowned, remote, and iconic.

What is the most famous sight in Milford Sound?

The most popular sight in Milford Sound is Mitre Peak. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Milford Sound on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Mitre Peak and other attractions here.

How touristy is Milford Sound? Is it a popular fiord to visit?

Milford Sound is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

How long should I spend in Milford Sound?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Milford Sound is two to six days. Since Milford Sound has a variety of activities such as hiking, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Milford Sound?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Milford Sound?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Milford Sound?.