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Day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Milford Sound day trip

For avid adventurers, a trip to Milford Sound is a must. Only a few hours from Queenstown, Milford Sound is an estuary in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. The famous Rudyard Kipling once called this paradise the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and it's easy to see why.

A guide to Milford Sound

Milford Discovery Centre is New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory.
Milford Discovery Centre is New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory.

1. Embark on a Milford Sound cruise: Milford Sound has deep icy waters, glacial hanging valleys, native forests, and local wildlife. Join Mitre Peak Cruises to discover the beauty of Milford Sound. The cruise runs for about two hours around the breathtaking Milford Sound, taking you to areas that the larger boats don't have access to. You'll be closer to wildlife, waterfalls, and the astonishing views of Milford Sound.

2. Visit the underwater observatory: Want to experience a unique view of the thrilling underwater environment without getting wet? Then visit the floating underwater observatory in the Fiordland Region and enjoy views of the spectacular marine life of Milford Sound. The observatory is located in Harrison Cove beneath Pembroke Glacier, amongst the towering mountains of Fiorland National Park.

3. Sail Milford Sound the old-fashioned way: The iconic Milford Sound is a prime place for sailing. There are plenty of boats and sailing tours in Milford Sound that offer a range of other activities such as diving, discovering native marine wildlife, and fishing.

4. See the spectacular Lady Bowen Falls: If you’re looking for a truly breathtaking walk, look no further than the iconic Lady Bowen Falls in Milford Sound. Deemed as the tallest and most powerful waterfall in Milford Sound, Bowen Falls is well worth a visit.

5. Join the Milford Track for a nature walk: Dubbed the "finest walk in the world," the world-famous guided walk of Milford Track is an experience like no other. Take in the majestic views and lose yourself in this natural paradise.

6. Go kayaking in Milford Sound: The Rosco's Milford Kayak trips offer a variety of sea kayaking adventures, including trips fit for first-time paddlers.

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