Ultimate Queenstown

Milford & Doubtful Sounds

A trip to the south isn't complete without experiencing the wild beauty that is Fiordland National Park. Part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, this rugged landscape of ice carved fiords and pristine mountain vistas has to be seen to be believed. Find the many ways to experience the grandeur and incredible vastness of Milford and Doubtful Sounds below.

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No matter how many photos you've seen of Milford Sound, nothing can prepare you for the incredible feeling of actually being there. It is an inspiring and incredible place and getting there is definitely part of the experience.

The overland route from Queenstown to Milford Sound is one of the finest drives in the world and the luxury glass-roof coaches provide absolute comfort and exceptional viewing. Along the way enjoy detailed commentaries, scenic stops and theatre-style seating angled towards the window so you don't miss a thing.

Once you arrive in Milford Sound you will board your Real Journey's Nature Cruise to explore the full length of the fiord. View wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins and get up close with nature as the boat noses right into the waterfalls and the fiord's sheer cliff faces.

Milford Sound is the jewel of Fiordland National Park and will be sure to secure a special place in your memories of New Zealand.


Pack your own lunch and snacks as there is not a lot on offer along the way or in Milford Sound. Rather than worrying about eating a pre-ordered lunch on board the cruise, you'll be able to eat when your hungry and spend the time you're on Milford Sound enjoying every moment!

How long does it take to get to Milford Sound?

Driving to Milford Sound from Queenstown will take around 5 hours. We have added a little extra time to allow for photo stops and short walks.

What is the weather like in Fiordland?

They say you can never have a bad weather day in Fiordland. If the sun is shining, you're in for a treat, if it's raining, then get ready to be blown away by all the extra waterfalls on show. The rainfall is what makes Fiordland National Park so unique and visitors should be prepared for some rain during their visit, after all it rains 200 days of the year. Temperatures can vary and here is roughly what you can expect in all four seasons.

  • Summer (December-February) 19-23 Celsius / 66 - 73 Fahrenheit 
  • Autumn (March-May) 8-18 Celsius / 46 - 64 Fahrenheit
  • Winter (June-August) 5-9 Celsius / 41 - 48 Fahrenheit
  • Spring (September-November) 10-19 Celsius / 50 - 66 Fahrenheit

What are the chances of seeing Wildlife?

The awesome thing about the wildlife in Fiordland National Park is that it is wild. We cannot guarantee you a wildlife sighting, however we have a pod of dolphins residing in Doubtful Sound so, you may witness these incredible mammals swimming in our bow waves. Seals are also sighted regularly, taking residence upon a collection of rocks in Milford Sound & if you're super lucky then the Fiordland Crested Penguins can sometimes make an appearance.

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