The road to Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most scenic routes. Along the way, you'll pass the Mirror Lakes with their amazing reflective views and the rough-hewn Homer Tunnel.
Boat cruises are a great way to experience the sounds; choose either a day trip or a more leisurely overnight cruise. Many cruises offer an underwater observatory, allowing you to see the fiord's fascinating depths. Or hire a kayak and explore at your own pace. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are some of the Sound's highlights.
If you've opted for a day cruise, spend the night in Te Anau.
Caution: If you choose to self-drive, be sure to give yourself plenty of time as conditions can vary greatly on this route, particularly in winter.