Things to do

Things to do in Milford Sound

You already know that Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s top visitor attractions – but you might be wondering what to do when you get there. There are a variety of ways to experience Milford Sound’s beauty, but the most popular is to visit it on a day tour that includes a scenic cruise around its waters.

Other options range from adventure activities and multi-day hikes to scenic flights and learning experiences.

Here’s our guide to activities and things to do in Milford Sound – click any of the buttons below to find out more.

Milford Sound Day Tours

Day Tours

Board a bus or coach and travel to Milford Sound through amazing scenery, stopping for photos along the way, then explore the fiord with a scenic cruise. Day tours are the most popular way to see Milford Sound.

Things to do Milford Sound - Cruise


A cruise on Milford Sound is an absolute must-do and the best way to see the whole fiord in a short period of time. Find out about the range of Milford Sound cruises on offer and how to book them.

Milford Sound scenic flights

Scenic Flights

Another special way to see Milford Sound is with a scenic flight. Imagine soaring above the mountain peaks, valleys full of native rainforest and beautiful waterways in a small plane or helicopter.

Things to do Milford Sound - Milford Track

Milford Track

One of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, the Milford Track is world famous for its stunning scenery. Learn about what’s involved in walking the Milford Track and how to plan your hike.

Things to do Milford Sound - Walks

Day walks

There is a wide range of shorter day walks and hikes in the Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park region. Read about them and plan your trip.

Things to do Milford Sound - Kayaking


For an up close and personal experience, kayaking Milford Sound can’t be beaten. Imagine paddling over its dark waters, beneath imposing cliff faces and right up to crystal-clear waterfalls.

Things to do Milford Sound - Fishing


Find out where to fish in Milford Sound and what you need to know before you go.

Things to do Milford Sound - Observatory


Want to see under the surface of Milford Sound without getting wet? Learn more about this fascinating marine environment.

Things to do Milford Sound - Sailing


For a different Milford Sound cruise experience, try sailing Milford Sound the old-fashioned way, like the early European settlers would have seen it.

Milford Sound accommodation

Stay Overnight

If you’re planning to spend more than a day in Milford Sound, find out about Milford Sound accommodation options.