Fiordland is one of New Zealand's most iconic wilderness regions, yet remains largely undeveloped despite its fame. Here, a network of mirrored fjords, framed by rocky peaks and waterfalls, stretch for many miles and together they comprise one of the country's most pristine wilderness areas. Immersing yourself in these unforgettable surroundings - whether by foot on the celebrated Milford Track or on board an overnight or daytime cruise - is a defining Kiwi experience.
Just under four hours from Queenstown, and two from Te Anau, Milford Sound is the star attraction of New Zealand's Fiordland region. Here, giant, glacier-carved cliffs and towering, forested peaks frame deep blue waters, which spill out into the Tasman Sea. After the rains, which come often, giant waterfalls add to the drama. You can explore the region on hikes – the Milford Track is among New Zealand's most famous walks – but perhaps the best way to take it all in is on a cruise, with by day and overnight options available. Speak to our specialists for the latest sailings.
Kayaking on Milford Sound
While Milford Sound attracts more than a million visitors a year, its Doubtful Sound cousin is far less in the tourist spotlight, despite being three times the length. Indeed, until relatively recently it was only accessible by the most intrepid travellers – even Captain Cook was left to gaze at it from afar. Today, however, as with Milford, it's a choice of day or overnight cruises that offer the best way to take in its stunning beauty. Expect verdant forests, sheer cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and the chance to spot dolphins, fur seals and cutesy Fiordland penguins.
Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound