Milford Sound Southland New Zealand Credit Liz Carlson


Milford Sound from Te Anau

Visiting Milford Sound from Te Anau offers a leisurely, relaxed day where you’ll get to experience some of Fiordland’s most famous locations. Te Anau is the closest township to Milford Sound and the drive itself takes around two hours one-way. However, in this case the journey is just as spectacular as the destination. Glacier-carved valleys, perfect mirror lakes, towering granite faces, and an impressive tunnel dot the Milford Road (don’t worry, there is always plenty of time for photos!) The overland route to Milford Sound from Te Anau is one of the best pieces of roads in the country and worth a tour so everyone can enjoy.

Te Anau is a charming place to visit in itself. Perched on the edge of a lake and looking out to the vast wilderness of Fiordland National Park, there’s a view from every corner. Basing yourself from Te Anau for a night or two is a great way to get a feel for the ‘real’ Fiordland in an unhurried, relaxed way.

Our Milford Sound from Te Anau experiences are some of our most popular. They offer a relaxed, easy-going day that perfectly balances exploring by coach, boat cruise and on foot. Because Te Anau is a lot closer to Milford Sound than Queenstown, you’re spending less time on the road and more time experiencing the beauty of Milford and Fiordland.