Driving Distances

(one way)

Wanaka to Milford Sound 4 hrs 45 mins

Te Anau to Milford Sound 1 hr 45 mins





Flight time

(one way)

Wanaka to Milford Sound




Milford Sound is actually a fjord or fiord, rather than a sound, formed by glacial activity.

Its depths and the surrounding Fiordland National Park are not fully chartered due to the sheer magnitude and isolation.

The Maori name for Milford Sound is "Piopiotahi" meaning "Place of the singing Thrush", a bird which is now extinct. Mitre Peak is so named because its shape resembles that of a Bishop's mitre.

The most spectacular way from Wanaka to experience Milford Sound and Fiordland is to fly.















Milford Sound

Often acclaimed as 'The 8th wonder of the World', Milford Sound is truly breathtaking. Sculptured by glacial formation, the surrounding mountains rise vertically up out of the sea to a height more than anywhere else in the world. 

The crowning jewel is Mitre Peak, at a height of 1,692 metres (5,560 feet) rising dramatically from the ocean floor.



Milford Sound is located in one of the highest rainfall areas in New Zealand, allowing the lush grow of native rainforest, and the most spectacular of water falls.

The deep dark blue pure water of Milford Sound teems with beautiful wildlife - dolphins, seals and penguins all in their glorious natural habitat.

Cruise the Milford Sound by boat, and experience first hand the wondrous features of this "8th wonder of the world". Travel out to the Tasman Sea

The most spectacular way to experience Milford Sound and Fiordland is to fly. From Wanaka, Milford Sound is a direct flight, removing the long travel and winding roads, and seeing the grandeur of it all from above. Scenic flights by plane and helicopter leave Wanaka daily, many trips encompassing a boat trip of the sound. We can make any of these bookings for you.


Fiordland National Park

Milford Sound and Te Anau are located in Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area, with some of the world's most spectacular scenery. The park is home to many of New Zealand's most famous walks including the Milford Track. This unspoilt paradise is made up of rugged, mountainous fiords and picturesque coastline, and is almost entirely covered in bush.

Te Anau

The gateway to the park is Te Anau, a quiet little town set amongst glorious scenery, at the southern end of Lake Te Anau. The beauty of the glacial formed lake is enhanced by its 3 arms which extend deep into the flora covered mountains.

Te Anau is the launching point for many great hikes including the Milford, Kepler, Hollyford, Routeburn and Dusky tracks.