South Island trips

Queenstown to Milford Sound

3 Days


Central Queenstown to Central Queenstown


  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Te Anau

Best time of year

All year

The road to Milford Sound is as much a scenic experience as the fiord itself. Get your camera ready for this world-renowned journey. This short road trip takes you to remote - but still accessible - locations set amongst breath taking, out-of-this-world landscapes.


Te Anau makes a beautiful base from which to explore Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park

Photo by Destination Fiordland

Day 1

Queenstown - Te Anau

2 hrs

10 mins

175 km

109 mi


From Queenstown, follow the road to Te Anau as it winds round the gentle curves of Lake Wakatipu. The scenery here is stunning - lakeside vistas are framed by the rugged face of a magnificent mountain range appropriately named The Remarkables. Easy rolling countryside soon leads you to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the South Island’s many lakes. On the western side, the long arms of the lake disappear into the looming, densely forested Murchison Mountains. 

The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. Home to a wide range of accommodation including lodges, hotels and and campgrounds, Te Anau is the perfect stopover on the way to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Enjoy staying here the night and try out one of the delicious restaurants in the town centre. In the morning, you'll drive to Milford Sound, arriving in the afternoon ready to board your overnight boat cruise to explore the heart of the fiord. Alternatively, you may prefer a pickup option direct from your Te Anau accommodation.


Bungy, Queenstown

Start in Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone.

Te Anau township stretches along the shoreline of beautiful Lake Te Anau

End in Te Anau

Te Anau is the closest town to Milford Sound and is known as the 'gateway to the fiords'.

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