3 Days 575 km


  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Te Anau



Driving times and conditions may vary greatly in winter.

The road to Milford Sound is as much a scenic experience as the fiord itself. Get your camera ready for this world-renowned journey through breathtaking, out-of-this-world landscapes.

Note: If you choose to drive the route yourself, be sure to give yourself plenty of time as conditions can vary greatly on this route, particularly in winter.

Day 1: Queenstown to Te Anau

Bicycle trails near Lake Te Anau, Fiordland


One of New Zealand's most breathtaking regions


  • Fiordland National Park
  • Stunning hiking & cycling trails
  • Wildlife encounters


Start the day with a walk around picturesque Lake Wakatipu and a delicious breakfast at one of Queenstown’s award-winning cafes.
Following breakfast, soak in the incredible scenery from the water on a thrill-inducing jet boat trip, from above on a scenic flight, or by bike on one of the many local trails.

From Queenstown, follow the road to Te Anau as it winds around 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 exploring Fiordland National Park and the perfect stopover on the way to Milford Sound. Spend a night here and check out the town's many attractions.

Day 2: Overnight Boat Cruise, Milford Sound

Milford Sound Cruise, Fiordland


  • Overnight cruise
  • Penguins, seals and dolphins
  • Stunning waterfalls


  • by car:

    2 - 2.5 hours | 118 km to Milford Sound via SH94

  • by bus:

    1 h 50 min | by Great Sights

  • Visit Fiordland iSITE for tour information


Breathtaking in any weather with a fusion of spectacular natural features.

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The spectacular geography and wildlife of Milford Sound is best experienced on an overnight boat cruise.

Get up close to steep cliffs rising out of the deep blue water and watch fur seals sunbathing on rocks. Visit the 160-metre high Bowen Falls or the Stirling Falls, which cascade into the fiord, like a giant shower. Look out for penguins and dolphins, as well as whales – the occasional one makes it all the way into the fiords.

Overnight cruises usually begin mid-afternoon and can include activities like kayaking, swimming or diving. Or if you'd rather, choose a day cruise with a return coach to Te Anau.

Day 3: Milford Sound to Queenstown

Queenstown's Shotover Jetboat, Queenstown


The adventure capital of New Zealand


  • Jet boats, bungy and skydiving
  • Stunning hiking trails
  • World-class food and wine


  • by car:

    4 h 30 min | 287 km (one way) via SH94 & SH6

  • Driving times may vary during winter

  • by bus:

    4 h 30 min | by Great Sights

Disembark from your boat cruise and take some to exploring the surrounding area. Slowly head back along the same road to Queenstown, making sure you stock up on photos on the way.

Finish your journey by indulging in one of Queenstown's many adventure activities, scenic sights or luxury experiences.

Upon arrival back in Queenstown, recharge by hitting the hot pools or booking a massage, followed by an evening at a cosy bar or a casual dinner at a restaurant along the waterfront.

If you’re feeling energetic, delve into Queenstown’s nightlife and get a taste of local fine wine and killer cocktails.

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