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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2014
Milford Sound V Interisland crossing  (10 Answers)

Is Milford Sound going to be similar to the Interisland ferry crossing for sights to see.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2014
Walking the Milford track in Mid July  (13 Answers)


I'm wanting to walk the Milford track, alone, in July. Is this possible?
There doesn't seem to be a lot of information regarding the Milford Track at this time of year apart from the standard 'track maybe closed, check with DOC'.

any help would be great.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2014
Taxi Service in Milford Sound?  (1 Answer)

We are arrivivg via cruise ship. Are taxi's available for hire and private tour? What should we expect to pay for about 4 hours?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2014
Milford Track  (3 Answers)

Anyone else doing the Milford Track between the 27th April - 1st May? Also ideas on food please? Cheers :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2014
Hiking Shoes  (5 Answers)

Probably a silly question, but is it imperative to have waterproof hiking shoes for the Milford Track (end of April). We are infrequent hikers and I have seen a pair on Trademe that have hardly been worn for buy now $25.00 - they are Nevados. We can hire them in Queenstown also. Cheers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2013
Recommended car for driving to milford sound, ( hiring 4wd means no need of snow chains?)  (2 Answers)

I am planning to be in Milford Sound during mid October ,
trying to figure out what driving conditions to expect so that I can hire a car accordingly.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2013
Best time to do the Milford Track?  (1 Answer)

What month is considered the best time to walk the Milford Track? I have heard that Jan. or Feb. but would like opinions from those who've done it.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2013
milford track  (2 Answers)

how long does it take to walk the milford track

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 20, 2013
Milford in July 2013?  (4 Answers)

My wife and I will be driving to Te Anau from Queenstown in mid July 2013. Is it best to book a Milford Sound tour ahead of time, or is it better to not book a tour and wait until we are in Te Anau or Queenstown with a better idea of what the weather might be? We have planned one night in Te Anau, and then thought we'd head toward Dunedin. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2013
Kayak equipment rental only  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone, I am a fairly seasoned kayaker and outdoorsman from Canada and am trying to organize my own kayak experience in Milford sound this March/April. I have looked at a lot of the guided tour offerings for the area but would really prefer to just rent my own equipment as I expect it should be a lot cheaper and provide more freedom to explore as well. Does anyone know of anywhere in the sound its self that will rent equipment only or anyone in Te Anau that will do this?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2012
Road to Milford Sound Closed  (6 Answers)

Hi Folks - th eroad to Milford Sound is closed due to a rock fall and it is expected to remain this way for several days - see

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 14, 2011
What to take for camping the Routeburn track?  (5 Answers)

Hi all,

Myself and my girlfriend are trekking the Routeburn track in early January, and are camping. I am a bit of a novice, so some advice on what to take would be greatly appreciated!

My list so far:
- A lightweight tent (need to buy)
- Small sleeping bad + some kind of mat
- Ready to eat food (where to buy?)
- Ice coffee mix or some way to get my coffee dose without boiling water

I figure it would be easier to take ready to eat food, and save on carrying cooking tools.

I assume you are not allowed fires.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2011
Clothing for Milford Sound  (3 Answers)

I'll be at Milford Sound in coming mid-Oct, taking the overnight boat cruise. Wonder if Waterproof Jacket is necessary?

We're also aware that the temperature there may drop to zero or lower in mid-Oct, do they have jackets for rental before or after we board the boat, or even at Te Anau?

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2011
Milford in June  (6 Answers)

My husband and I are planning a trip to NZ in June 2012. We really want to see Milford Sound but are wondering what to expect. If anyone can answer my questions, it would help us get an idea of what to plan.
1. Can we kayak Milford Sound in June?
2. If so, can we do a self-guided trip with rented kayaks or do we have to go with a guided group?
3. What is the Milford road like in June?
4. What type of wildlife is in the Sound during this month?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2011
A few questions about Milford Sound!  (5 Answers)

We're two Texans planning a June trip to NZ. That's when our summer break is, so that's our only opportunity to travel for any significant number of days. We have a few questions:

1. What are the best things to do in Milford Sound during the winter?
2. We've read about overnight cruises but it seems like they don't occur during the that true? Do any companies offer a winter overnight cruise?
3. Is there any place to stay in that area aside from Milford Sound Lodge? I've read several unflattering reviews of it.
4. Any other tips? We have about 4 days to spend in that region and we'd like to take in the beautiful scenery as much as possible.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2011
Some basic information on the sound!  (8 Answers)

Hey guys, I'm from Bristol UK, no experience of NZ at all but from the photos I have seen, I am completely set on visiting Milford Sound. However I just had a couple of questions I could do with answering...

-Is there a flat entry cost to visit Milford Sound or could it be done completely for free (on a student budget here!)?
-Is it possible to drive down in a campervan and spend a couple of days there sleeping in the van?

Advice appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2010
Second attempt to visit Milford Sound from Queenstown  (13 Answers)

We will be in NZ from 24 Oct - 1st Nov 2011. From Queenstown we plan to drive to Milford Sound. Would like your advice on the following :-

Travel to Te Anau from Queenstown at 5 pm. Stay at Te Anau. (We did that
before,we started from Queenstown at 6 pm, went to Arrowtown and reach Te
Anau at 11 pm. Unfortunately the road to Milford Sound was closed.)

In the morning at 8 a.m travel to Milford Sound. Is there cruise ship around
12 afternoon ? If yes, how many hours is the cruise, is it 2 hours ? How
much is the charges per person.What is the normal cruise boat schedule in a
day ? I know the earliest is at 9am. In order to take this cruise we need
to depart Te Anau maybe at 6 am . Maybe thats too early.

Is the above itinerary OK ? Thank You.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2010
How cold in Novemeber  (4 Answers)

will I have to waear a winter coat while hiking in November...Is it cold in the huts at night..unguided

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2010
Milford Track in Off-Season (October) - Or Alternate Suggestion(s)?  (4 Answers)

Hello everyone,

For a number of reasons (mostly outside of my control!) I'll be visiting NZ the second week of October (arriving the 8th) and staying for about 10 days. Had really wanted to do the Milford Track, but understand that's a few weeks too early. So, had two questions:

1) Given that I will be on one stop of a longer route, I wont have a full set of trek gear with me. Would I be able to get gear in the area?

2) Assume I would need to plan on being almost entirely self-sufficient - food, drink, etc? And, any sense of how busy it could be in the time period?

3) If it's just not feasible (or plain dumb), can anyone recommend any alternate walks that are open a bit earlier in the year?

Thank you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2010
Which boat tour to join?  (7 Answers)

Planning to go for a boat tour in the morning - anyone have got any positive experience to share with a particular boat tour company?

Hopeful for some good suggestions! Thanks in advance! =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2009
Which time of the day is ideal for cruise?  (8 Answers)

Hi all, I am wondering which time of the day would it be ideal for the milford sound cruise. I am targetting 9am cruise due to being cheapest and no traffic or parking worries. But I am not sure if the sun's altitude might affect photography and view. Can you please advise? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2009
Equipment for Milford Sound 5 day trek  (3 Answers)

Hi there,

My best friend and I are doing the Milford Sound trek on November 28th and I am wondering if anyone can tell me what to bring that maybe they didn't think of or wished they'd had, essentials etc. Are the bags they have for hire good enough or do you wish you'd bought your own?

I also have bought some clothes though want to make sure I have got the right type of stuff... I have 2 t-shirts, singlet, a polofleece jumper, a jacket(water & wind proof etc), some long johns, wind & water proof pants and shorts all from Kathmandu is this enough warmth?

thanking you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2009
June in Milford Sound  (16 Answers)

Hello, Is there anyone can tell me if it is a good idea to drive to Milford Sound from Queenstown and back in one day? How is driving condition in mid June?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2009
Contact Information for Milford Track Trail  (7 Answers)

Good Day,

My Husband and brother and law and I are going to be going to Milford Trail in 2010. Does anyone know what website we would go to and book the accommodation and to find out more about the trail. I have looked at a couple of websites but it is not what I am looking for. A)Cost for luxury accommodation B) Can you book it without a guide C) What are the parks fee D) is there a phone number that we can call to book the accommodation E) Website we can go and look at to find out more about the trail and the economy accommodation.
Thank you everyone for helping me. This is going to be such a life saver.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2009
Car Tranport Queenstown-Milford  (4 Answers)

Hello! Does anyone know of a service that will transport our car from Queenstown to Milford while we hike the Routeburn Track?

Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2008
Question about Milford Sound in May - I've read pv postings..  (15 Answers)


I had a couple quick questions:

I was looking to be in Milford Sound around May 8th. Reading the forums, it seems that the weather can be either a light dusting of snow all the way to a full out blizzard.

I really was not interested in tramping due to time limitations, but moreso just driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoying the views along the way.

What are the chances for the roads to be closed? And how long will the drive be during this time period? And can you drive at night?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2008
Which Tour Operator and What Time Tour ?  (11 Answers)

In November I will be staying a couple nights in Te Anau. I plan to drive to Milford to hopefully avoid the coach crowds. What time cruise should I aim at to do that ?? And any recommendations for tour operators ??

My browsing so far has me thinking Mitre Peak cruises might be ok ?

Cheers for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2008
Bus/Coach Daytrip Queenstown - Milford Sound  (1 Answer)

Thanks to some people who suggest Bus/Coach Daytrip Queenstown - Milford Sound. I'm planing my trip to Queenstown and would like to visit Milford Sound for a day. Anybody suggest a company/price? Thanks a lot.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2008
Driving to Milford Sound end of Aug 08  (2 Answers)

We have planned a day trip up to Milford Sounds into our short stay in South Island in August, but have recently read concerning information about Avalanches.

We have rented a 4x4 in the hope that this would be more suitable for the journey and had planned a day trip, leaving Te Anau and getting back to Queenstown for that night. I am aware thats about 5 hrs of driving in good conditions - that bit doesnt worry me. However, what are the chances of the road being closed or high avalanche risks at the end of August (28th/29th)? , The website i saw mentioned 4 months of risk but is it higher or lower in August.

I hadnt planned on getting chains, but saw that this is sometimes a legal requirement (not sure if i want to drive in such bad conditions). I really dont want to miss out on the beauty of Milford Sounds, but need some advise.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2008
River Crossings on Milford Track in May  (1 Answer)

I have posted a couple of questions re the Milford Track but wanted to know if anyone can give me any indication of how difficult the river crossings are in the 'winter season' when the bridges are removed (we are planning to go in early May)? Obviously they are not inpassable as otherwise DOC would not keep the track open at all but does anyone know how deep the rivers are? Is the water fast flowing?

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