Milford Sound

Milford Sound is located within Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site on the south west of New Zealand's South Island. Milford Sound is considered to be New Zealand's most popular tourist destination. In fact Rudyard Kipling labelled it as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Milford Sound, South New Zealand

Milford Sound - New Zealand's Favourite Tourist Destination

Due to the magnificent beauty of this landscape, thousands of visitors visit Milford Sound every day and sum up to over 550,000 annually. As such, the sound is has become one of New Zealand's most visited tourist spots. It is also the most well known tourist destination in entire New Zealand.

Perhaps, the no 1 best known fiords in New Zealand is Milford and it is also the only one that is accessible by road. The journey from the head of the fiord to the open sea is arond 16km and that means travellers can travel with comfort from the length of the fiord to the open ocean and in return, jump on one of the many cruise options available in one and a half to two hours cruising time.

Lake Pearson, Canterbury

Getting To Milford Sound - How To Get There?

Milford Sound lies 119km away from Te Anau. The journey will cover the sealed road which will take about 2 hours non stop drive. A word of advice for motorists - Fill up your vehicles with petrol while you are in Te Anau. However supplies are also available at Gunns Camp in the Hollyford Valley and at Milford Sound.

New Zealand South Island

The South Island of New Zealand is the larger portion of the two major islands of New Zealand with the North Island being more populous. The Ma-ori named the South Island, Te Wai Pounamu which means "The Water of Greenstone".

Lake Wanaka, South New Zealand

South Island Tourism Industy

The major tourist destinations in New Zealand South Island are :-
Nelson and Tasman District, Marlborough, West Coast, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch and Canterbury, Dunedin, Southland Region and Stewart Island/Rakiura, Queenstown, Wanaka and Central Otago and Fiordland

Famous National Parks in South Island New Zealand

Some of the popular national parks to be found in South Island of New Zealand include Abel Tasman National Park, Fiordland National ParkPaparoa National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park.

6 Days New Zealand Southern Experience Package Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. (Self drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package)

Day 2 : Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown (620 km)
Travel across the Canterbury Plains to reach Mt. Cook by lunch time. A rare opportunity here to take an optional scenic flight for an overview of Mt Cook's ice falls, snowfields and glaciers. Your journey continues over the Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown.

TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Day 3 : Milford Sound Excursion (600 km)
An early start as you follow Lake Wakatipu via Kingston arriving at Te Anau for morning tea break. From there you enter Fiordland National Park. Travel through beech forest, passing majestic mountains, on through the Homer Tunnel in time to board your catamaran for the Milford Sound Cruise. You will pass Mitre Peak, the highest mountain in the world to rise vertically from the sea. View the Stirling and Bowen Falls as you cruise out to the Tasman Sea. Return to the pier where you reboard your coach for your return journey to Queenstown.

Day 4 : Queenstown
To day a cruise on the vintage 'Old Lady' the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a BBQ lunch excursion at the Colonel's Homestead. First the experience of cruising on the TSS Earnslaw and secondly the farm experience and the BBQ lunch. When you board the boat's return journey, join in the sing-a-long session for a memorable 40 minutes trip. (The 'TSS Earnslaw' is away on its annual service in June and July and therefore is replaced with other activity or activities that will be advised.)

Day 5 : Queenstown - Dunedin - Christchurch (650 km)
We depart in the morning via Roxburgh and Central Otago to reach Dunedin around midday. Afternoon travel is northwards through Oamaru and Timaru and we arrive Christchurch in the early evening.

New Zealand South Island Map Route Day 6 : Depart Christchurch
Early this morning a tour on the 'Hot Air Balloon' is suggested if time permits. Transfer to the airport is included for your departure flight. (Self drive passengers return your car directly at the airport.)

New Zealand Package Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise with BBQ lunch at Walter Peak and farm show
  • 12.5% GST
  • Document Wallet
  • All transfers (except the one to TSS Earnslaw) and coaching as per itinerary (seat-in-coach)
  • 5 days rental car with basic insurance, unlimited mileage and road maps (self drive)

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