Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is a must-see with its towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and jaw-dropping views.
Boat cruises – during the day or overnight – are an excellent way to experience the Sound. Adventurous types might also like to head out sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing. To learn more about the local marine life, visit the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove and marvel at the black coral, 11-legged sea stars and delicate anemones.
Famously described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is breath-taking in any weather - with its fiord's cliffs, mountainous peaks and waterfalls as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
Kayaking offers paddlers an unforgettable opportunity to see the region's spectacular fiords at sea level as well as explore untouched waterways and lakes.
Paddle up close to Bowen Falls, one of only two permanent waterfalls in Milford Sound - the other being Stirling Falls. Rosco's Milford Kayaks(opens in new window) and Southern Discoveries Milford Sound Cruise and Kayak trips both offer kayaking experiences.
For the truly adventurous, enjoy an overnight kayaking adventure in Doubtful Sound.
Many people begin their visit to the Sound from Queenstown or Te Anau, being approximately four hours from Queenstown and two hours from Te Anau.