Milford Sound General Information

Milford Sound is the name for a large fiord located deep within Fiordland National Park. We’ve put together some general Milford Sound information below to help you plan your trip.

Getting here

Milford Sound is located at the end of State Highway 94, commonly called the ‘Milford Road’. From Queenstown, driving to Milford Sound takes around 4-5 hours one-way. From Te Anau, the drive time is around 2 hours one-way. It’s always a good idea to check the road conditions – get the latest information from the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There are plenty of attractions along the Milford Road – make sure you plan to make lots of stops!

What to expect in Milford town

Because we’re in the middle of a National Park, we don’t have a ‘town’ as such. In the center, there’s a small café that serves coffee, lunch and snacks as well as an Information Centre that’s open 9am – 4pm.  Nearby this is the cruise terminal where the boat cruises leave. There’s also an un-manned petrol station (credit card only) where you can fill up before leaving Milford.

A couple of short walks, a small airstrip and Milford Sound Lodge complete the center of Milford.

Download a printable town map here.

What is there to do in Milford Sound

From boat cruises to kayaking, walking, scenic flights and more, it’s easy to enjoy Milford Sound in a way that suits you. Learn more about Milford Sound Activities here.

What’s the best way to get around Milford Sound

The center of Milford is relatively small, so getting around is easy. Milford Sound Lodge offers a complimentary shuttle to the terminal at regular intervals (it’s only 1.5km from the lodge). Apart from that, using your own vehicle to get around is easy, or there are buses shuttles you can catch or if it isn’t raining, walking is an option too!

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