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Milford Sound

Distance from Te Anau:  125km        Driving time: 2 1/2 hours

Milford Sound has been dubbed the 8th wonder of the world and is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

It is the home of the iconic Mitre Peak which towers more than a kilometre straight out of the water. Towering cliffs and peaks are decorated with cascading waterfalls, all surrounded by luxuriant rainforest. 

Though Milford Sound is only 125km from Te Anau, the driving time each way is 2 and a half hours. You will need to allow a full day to visit the Sound, and we recommend staying in Te Anau the nights either side of your trip.

The journey to Milford Sound is spectacular in its own right with many extraordinary places to stop for photos or walks in the Fiordland National Park. There are many places locals recommend taking time to stop at, therefore we recommend sitting back and relaxing in the safe hands of a local driver to show you their favourite sights and manouver the challenging road safely. 

It rains on average 182 days a year in Milford Sound, with an annual rainfall of over 6m, but do not let this put you off. Ask any Fiordland local and they will say they prefer to visit Milford in the rain. Rainy days can see the 2 permanent waterfalls increase to over 500! The snow capped mountains in Winter make for as stunning photographs and memories as blue sky sunny days.

No matter what weather mother nature serves up you will without a doubt feel like you have entered another world.