Milford Sound Activities

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Edgewater Motel, as a booking agent are able to reserve the tours below on your behalf. Please note that all reservations require a minimum of 24 hours notice if you wish to change your plans.

Wildlife encounters common in Milford Sound include dolphins as they play on the bow of your cruise boat, fur seals as they relax on the rocks and occasionally the timid Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen.

A selection of our favourite tours are below, there are more options available if the below do not suit – ask when you check in.

Coach and Cruise

Give your driver the day off and explore the Milford Road with one of the following friendly operators!

Real Journeys Coach and Cruise

Departing from Te Anau or Queenstown, these can be combined with a scenic flight into or out of Milford Sound (flights weather dependant).

Self Drive: Day Cruises

Some Important Notes for Self Driving to Milford Sound.

  • Driving time from Te Anau to Milford Sound – Allow 2.5 hours. If you plan on making stops please factor these into your drive time.
  • You need to be at the Visitors Terminal ready to board your cruise 20 minutes before departure.
  • From the carpark the visitors centre is a further 5 minute walk.
  • From Lake Gunn to Milford Sound is an Alpine Road: Great care should be taken, follow instructions on all road signage for your own safety.
  • Snow chains must be carried as instructed on road signage (Particularly April – November each year). Failure to obey these signs may result in a police fine.
  • Ensure you fill your petrol tank before departing Te Anau – it is a 242km round trip.

Scenic Cruises

Modern Style Boat, Cruise with informative commentary – 1.40hr duration. Three or more departures each day.

Nature Cruises

Sailing style boat, Leisurely Cruise with Nature Guide onboard – Duration 2.15 hrs. Two or more departures each day.

Milford Sound Overnight

Milford Wanderer

Activities onboard include kayaking, there are a total of 61 passengers in Quad Share bunk style Cabins.

Milford Mariner

Activities onboard include kayaking, there are a total of 60 passengers. Twin cabin with private ensuite.


The most spectacular way to see Milford Sound is at water level in a sea kayak – Lonely Planet.

Edgewater Te Anau highly recommends that you pre-book kayaking in Fiordland – This can often be booked weeks ahead. Book with us and don’t miss out!

Fiordland Wilderness Experiences

Classic Kayaking – Milford Sound for the day. 4 -5 hrs on the water. Excellent day trip departing either from Te Anau or Milford Sound.

Roscos Milford Sound Sea Kayaks

Rosco’s options for kayaking are: Sunriser (for all levels of experience), Twilighter (challenging paddle) Milford Walk – Sea Kayak or power boat to Sandfly Point, rainforest walk up the Arthur Valley section of the Milford Track, OR COMBO – Sunriser and Milford Walk.