Drive the Milford Road, starting in Lake Te Anau
What you will Experience?
The road to Milford Sound offers some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery in the country. From crystal clear lakes and towering mountains to lush glacier formed meadows, this area is dramatic and unyielding.
Skirting the edge of Lake Te Anau, drive through dense brush scrub before continuing through mossy rain forest (lots of opportunities to take short walks along the way!) and emerging out onto to grassy plains. Wind through rain-forest past smaller lakes to cross the Southern Alps' 'main divide.' Stretch your legs on the Chasm Walk, a short stroll through native beech forest to see several powerful waterfalls, after passing through the Homer Tunnel, a 1219 meter long engineering marvel.
Arriving into the village of Milford, you will be greeted with a spectacular view of Mitre Peak. Most stops and points of interest are well signposted on the 121 kilometer road, but don't underestimate how long this drive will take you with scenic stops. A day cruise into the heart of the sound with Real Journeys is not to be missed. You’ll learn about how this magnificent area was formed and experience the wonder of the falls that line the Fiord
Your destination? Milford Sound
The most popular fiord in Fiordland National Park, Milford is the only Fiord accessible by road. Arriving into its very small village, you will be greeted with an amazing view of Mitre Peak. Sheer cliffs rise from hundreds of metres below the water’s surface - a dramatic and awe-inspiring sight. The fiord is 16 kilometres long and is best explored on a cruise. Marine mammals such as dolphins and seals can often be seen, and after a large downpour the hundreds of waterfalls along the way are thunderous - and a real sight to behold.
Fine Tours Factoid?
Milford Sound has an annual rainfall of 6,813mm and is known as the wettest place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. The amazing amount of rainfall creates dozens of waterfalls that come and go with the changing volume of rain so every Milford experience can be different, depending on when you go.