Milford Sound is popular for a reason! Ideally, you would see it during a rainstorm AND when the sun is shining. The steep mountains turn to waterfalls when it rains and with a little sunshine, it is much easier to get out of the car for all the stops and hiking options during your drive in.
Visit the sight often referred to as the “8th wonder of the world”.
The road to Milford Sound is packed with sights and hikes, including the lake marian WALKING track (required if it is a nice day since it is #11 on my list of Best Hiking Trails in New Zealand).
Go on an iconic boat cruise to see the entirety of the fiord.
LOCATION: Fiordland National Park, south island New zealand
Drive time from queenstown: 4 hours (without stops)
Stop in the town of te anau on your way from queenstown to grab lunch, groceries, and gas.
Book lodging in advance. THE MILFORD SOUND LODGE IS THE ONLY ACCOMMODATION. they have lodge, dorm, and camper van options.
Grab a visitor map of the road into milford to make sure you make some key stops including: Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn, Hollyford Valley Lookout, the Lake Marian walking track, Gertrude saddle route, and more.