Things to do in the Milford Sound area
Te Anau is the gateway to the wonderful scenary of the southern portion of New Zealand. Many tours are available.
Te Anau CavesTake a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House and visit Te Anau Caves. See a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms.
Doubtful Sound is ten times larger than Milford Sound. Doubtful Sound is an unspoiled wilderness of many moods, one minute clear, blue and sun drenched, the next mysterious and mist shrouded. A wild place of dense rainforest, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and deep still waters quiet, serene and green.
Milford Sound is located in 3 million acres of the Fiordland National Park, a magnificent untouched native forests and bush, pristine waterways and lakes, glacier and high peaks. After departing Te Anau the scenery begins as you are driven along the largest lake in the South Island, Lake Te Anau. Travel up along side the Eglington River to three mountain lakes at the head of the Eglington Valley. Many stops are made to see the scenary and take photos.
Stop for a barbecue lunch includes a classic Kiwi BBQ of marinated beef kebabs and sausages, a good range of salads, fresh bread and fruit juice.
After lunch you head towards the Homer Tunnel, taking in mountain views while driving along side the Hollyford river. After the Homer Tunnel, the road winds down the Cleddau Valley to Milford Sound for a cruise.
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
A longer overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. Transportation from Te Anau is available, if required.
A longer trip to Milford Sound leaving from Te Anau and ending in Queenstown is also available.