Five reasons to plan your Milford Sound visit in advance


We know there’s a heap of temptation to just ‘wing it’ when you’re on holiday – the open road, no plans, just whatever you feel like. And for some parts of New Zealand, that approach works just fine. But in Milford Sound, there are a number of advantages to plan and book your visit in advance.

Here are five reasons to plan your Milford Sound visit ahead of time.

  1. You won’t miss out!

Possibly the most important thing about organizing a visit to Milford Sound in advance – there’s no way you’ll miss out. During high season things can get pretty busy, with many of our rooms selling out weeks in advance. When you know you’ve got your reservation and activities sorted, your plans are set in stone and can’t be affected by busy times of the year.

Milford Sound Visit Chalet

Got your heart set on one of our luxury chalets? Book ahead, or you might miss out

  1. Cut the hassle

Arriving in Milford then having to worry about booking your accommodation, boat cruise or kayak trip after you’ve arrived cuts into valuable holiday time. Organizing it all beforehand means there are no last minute scrambles to get things sorted – your plans are sorted before you arrive.

  1. Skip the queues

During the summer months, you may find yourself having to queue with a long wait time to reserve the boat cruise departure you want or to enquire at reception if there is any vacancy. If you’ve booked your accommodation and activities in advance, there’s no waiting in line.

Milford Sound visit kitchen

Knowing what facilities are on offer ahead of time helps you arrive organised

  1. Compare the options online first

Not sure which boat cruise to take in Milford? There are so many options – are you happy with a larger boat and more people, or would you pay more for a smaller boat with less crowds? When you book in advance, you can compare what’s on offer before making your decision.

  1. Knowing what’s included helps you plan your trip better

Once you’ve booked your accommodation with Milford Sound Lodge, you’ll get a confirmation which outlines the lodge’s amenities and what’s included in your booking. We’ve got an awesome café on site that serves 3 meals a day – and if you didn’t book in advance, you may not have realized that. Plus, we’ve also got a fantastic (brand new) guest kitchen and amenities block, so you can cook for yourself if you prefer – you’ll just need to be organized with groceries. Knowing information like this in advance means you arrived far more prepared, helping you to have a more relaxed, enjoyable time.

As you can see, we’re pretty big fans of booking in advance if you’re visiting Milford Sound.  To make this as easy as possible, we’ve created a number of fantastic packages – this way, you can book your accommodation, activities and even meals in advance, so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive. And if you’re wondering what things there are to do in Milford Sound ahead of your trip, this blog is a great guide.