Milford Sound photography hot spots – the best places for the most beautiful photos


Nature really outdid itself in this little corner of the world. There’s something to capture around every corner, but there are special spots and angles that make it to the list of nearly every photographer – professional or not – who visits Milford Sound. Here is a list of a few of these top photography locations.

Eglinton Valley

On the road to Milford Sound, this is beautiful glaciated valley with steep sides and a flat floor is great start to your Milford Sound photography escape. It varies in width and has a shingle riverbed floor which is constantly being changed by the Eglinton River.

The Milford Road is great for photography, but is winding and can be dangerous. Make the most of the many car parks on Milford Road; they are great for photography.

Mirror Lakes

Also on the way to Milford Sound, small tarns (mountain lakes) on the roadside provide outstanding reflections of the Earl Mountains in calm weather which make for magical photos. The lakes are an easy five minute stroll along the side of lakes and back up to the main road.

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Enjoy a break from driving and walk along the Mirror Lakes

Milford Sound pier

You’ll get picture-perfect shots by day, and even better clicks at sunrise and sunset.

Too many people visit just for the day and miss out the most spectacular time of the day – sunset. For a very short period of time every day, the burning orange rays of the setting sun behind the sounds gives you the opportunity to capture an once-in-a-lifetime shot. Sometimes these rays break through low clouds – and that is just stunning!

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Mitre Peak is the most popular spot for photographers who visit Milford Sound

Frasers Beach at Lake Manapouri

This beautiful beach is great for sunset photography. Take a boat cruise on Lake Te Anau or Lake Manapouri to see some of the beautiful inlands and fiords on these water bodies; arguably as stunning as their ocean counterparts.

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Plan to watch the sunset from Lake Manapouri on your way to or from Milford Sound

Mt Luxmore

The first mountain on Kepler’s Track, the views from here of the Fiordland wilderness are stunning. It makes a great day walk or you can fly up there by helicopter. Carry your wide zoom lens to capture panoramic views. If you like birdlife and want to photograph some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, Fiordland National Park is the place.

Lake Marian

Just a kilometre down Hollyford Road, the beautiful Lake Marian Track (3 hrs return) offers quintessential Fiordland shots – a swingbridge over the beautiful Marian Valley, beech forest and wildlife. Everything there is to love about this pristine region, captured in your lens as a lifelong memory.

Cruise to Milford or Doubtful Sound

The most popular activity in Milford, your boat (or kayak) is an epic spot to capture the towering and lush peaks and the amazing waterfalls. Milford Sound photography would be incomplete without waterfalls, and the boat is an ideal place to view and shoot some of our favourite falls – the Lady Elizabeth Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Four Sisters (only seen on rainy existence).

Carry wet weather gear for your camera and lens. Milford Sound is one of the wettest places on the planet. But don’t worry, when it rains here, the mountains pour too, so your camera will have many more waterfalls to focus on!

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Capture the waterfalls on a Milford Sound Cruise

Giant Gates Falls

This charismatic waterfall (30m) on the Milford Track, one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks and the most popular one, Giant Gates is perfect for a wind down and photography. We can take you here as part of our Milford Sound Taster Package, showing you the angles that are just right or helping you spot that weka – they always make a cute picture to show off your Fiordland adventures!

Milford Lodge

Make sure to step out of your accommodation – Milford Lodge – in the night and capture the night sky. Lack of pollution ad away from city lights, the sky is unbelievably clear. The Milky Way galaxy is most visible in winter and autumn. On some nights, the airglow leaves stargazers with some pretty amazing shots.