Kayaking Milford Sound

Milford Sound is stunning from any angle, but there’s something truly special about seeing it from water level as you glide along in a kayak. The majesty of the thundering waterfalls and rocky cliffs is enhanced from this angle, and you have more time to appreciate the scenery as you paddle along at your own pace. Kayaking Milford Sound is an eco-friendly way to experience it, and there’s also a good chance you’ll meet some of the local wildlife like seals, dolphins and penguins!

If you’re an experienced kayaker with your own gear, you can go kayaking on Milford Sound by yourself – but remember that you’re on open waters, pay attention to the weather forecast and be aware of boat traffic around you.


Types of Kayaking Tours in Milford Sound

There are several types of kayaking tours available in Milford Sound, ranging from short, half-day tours to multi-day expeditions. Some tours are designed for beginners, while others are more challenging and require some kayaking experience. Here are some of the most popular types of kayaking tours in Milford Sound:

  1. Guided Kayaking Tours: These tours are led by experienced guides who will take you to some of the best kayaking spots in Milford Sound. They will provide you with all the equipment you need and give you tips on how to kayak safely and efficiently.

  2. Freedom Kayaking Tours: These tours are self-guided and allow you to explore Milford Sound at your own pace. You’ll be provided with all the equipment you need and given a map of the area to help you navigate.

  3. Overnight Kayaking Tours: These tours are designed for more experienced kayakers and involve camping overnight in Milford Sound. They offer a unique opportunity to experience the fjord after dark and see the stars in the night sky.

Guided Kayaking Tours - Milford-Sound
Freedom Kayaking-in-Milford-Sound

Water Access

The Milford Sound boat ramp can be accessed via Deepwater Basin Road. This is a left turn off SH94 (Milford Road), just before the airport. The boat ramp at Milford Sound is a concrete dual access ramp with parking available. There are no other facilities available.

If you are planning to drive to Milford Sound, plan your trip carefully. Be mindful of peak traffic times when tour buses and coaches are arriving and leaving as there may be traffic at the Homer Tunnel and other key points along the way.