:: Milford Sound Trip

> The Coach

Milford Sound Select's coaches offer you a comfortable and relaxed sightseeing tour experience.
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> The Cruise

Our Milford Sound trips include a cruise aboard a comfortable, modern cruise boat.
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> Optional Helicopter Sightseeing

A unique chance to see Milford Sound an the hidden valleys around it by helicopter.
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> The Optional Flyback

MIlford Sound Select fly back to Queenstown option offers a unique view of this wild landscape.
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> The Map

The Milford Sound Select interactive Google Map will give you and insight into your trip.
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  1. Milford Sound Wharf Terminal - Here you leave the coach to board your cruise vessel to travel the length of Milford Sound in comfort.
  2. Bowen Falls - Named after the wife of Sir George Bowen, one of New Zealand’s early governors. This spectacular waterfall is one of only two permanent waterfalls dropping 160 metres from a high valley in the Darren Mountain Range.
  3. Cascade Range - The water tumbling of this range of mountains results in some of the incredible waterfalls that plummet into Milford Sound.
  4. Sinbad Gully - This classic U-shaped valley formed by the slopes of Mt Phillips, the Llawrenny Peaks, Mitre Peak and Milford’s smallest mountain, the Footstool, is where the once thought extinct Kakapo bird was rediscovered.
  5. Mitre Peak - The iconic mountain of Milford Sound is one of the tallest mountains in the world. It rises 1692 metres directly from the sea floor. Mitre Peak is the most dominant and most famous feature of Milford Sound.
  6. Copper Point - Named after the veins of copper you can see running through the rock this is the narrowest and often windiest point in the Milford Sound. In the afternoon on sunny days, the warm air inside the fiord rises and is replaced by cooler air drawn from the ocean which can gust up to 100 knots. The breeze tends to dies away again in the evening as the air in the fiord cools again.
  7. Fairy Falls - This waterfall drops directly in the fiord, if the weather permits you boat captain will ease the bow of the boat under the falls for those requiring a refreshing or shower.
  8. Bridal Veil Falls - This classic waterfall looks just like something out of an Indiana Jones movie. It is even more incredible after heavy rain.
  9. Anita Bay - A seam of jade runs through Fiordland National Park at Anita Bay it emerges from the rock. Prized by Maori for its beauty and hardness, they travelled here to collect it for ornaments and toolmaking.
  10. St Anne Point - This point outside the entrance to Milford Sound is the locaton of an automated lighthouse established in the late 1800’s.
  11. The Tasman Sea - We travel to the point where the waters of Milford Sound meet the Tasman Sea. From out at sea the entrance to the fiord is hard to spot. Explorers like Captain Cook kept well away from this often dangerous coast.
  12. Dale Point - Marks the northern entrance into Milford Sound. Beyond this point we are into the more exposed waters of the Tasman Sea.
  13. Piopiotahi Marine Reserve - This marine reserve stretches over 690 hectares on the northern side of the fiord from Dale Point to Freshwater basin., These pristine waters are home to a wealth of marine life like the Black Coral that grows at an unusually shallow depth due to the fresh water layer that restricts light penetration.
  14. Seal Rock - Most of the walls of MIlford Sound a vertical. Seal Rock is an accessible haven for the New Zealand Fur Seal. These seals inhabit Milford Sound all year round. Hunted almost to extinction in the early 1800’s when their fur was sought after by the fashion industry the seals have made a great comeback.
  15. Stirling Falls - Drops 146 metres from a beautiful U-shaped hanging valley carved out between Elephant and Lion Mountains. Stirling Falls is the second largest permanent waterfall in the fiord and is fed by glaciers situated in the mountains behind. Named after Captain Stirling when he brought the HMS Cleo into Milford Sound during the 1870’s.
  16. The Lion - More formally known as Mt Kimberley, rises to a height of 1302 metres. The nickname comes from its unusual shape resembling a crouching lion.
  17. Harrison's Cove - Facing away from the entrance to the fiord, this is the only safe natural harbour in Milford Sound.
  18. Mt Pembroke - The Pembroke glacier is over 1 million years old and sits on the tallest mountain to look down to the fiord at just over 2000 metres high. It was once one of the great glaciers over successive glacial advances that carved out Milford Sound.
  19. Cascade Range - During heavy rain this mountain range comes alive with waterfalls.
  20. Milford Airport - This small busy airstrip built out into the fiord is a lifeline for the local fishing industry, and is kept busy with sightseeing trips from Queenstown.
  21. Deepwater Basin - Further up the fiord from the Visitor Centre and beyond the mouth of the Arthur River is where the famous Milford Track ends.
  22. Milford Track - The Milford Track is reputed to be one of the best walks in the world, it finishes here across the water from the main terminal access is by boat only.

 

 

Take an unforgettable trip in our luxury glass roofed coach from Queenstown to Milford Sound with Milford Sound Select. Discover New Zealand's most dramatic landscapes and the beautiful World Heritage Fiordland National Park. If Safety and Comfort are your priorities, this is the trip for you!