The Milford Road
An unforgettable journey.
If you’d prefer to make your own way to Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most picturesque drive is a truly memorable experience. It’s an unforgettable journey into the heart of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. Some of Fiordland’s most striking and significant features are showcased along this route so be sure to allow plenty of time for short walks and photo opportunities along the way.
The Milford Road is an alpine road with many places to stop, explore and take in the views. From May to September, winter driving conditions apply and you are required to carry snow chains. No petrol stations are available past Te Anau, so fill up before you leave. There is free car parking at Milford Sound. From December to March, please allow up to one hour to park your vehicle, and then allow 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal. Check in time is 20 minutes before your cruise departure.
Weather conditions on the Milford Road are changeable so please call into one of our visitor centres in Queenstown or Te Anau, or visit www.milfordroad.co.nz for the latest information. Download a Road to Milford Sound Map below.
|Queenstown to Milford Sound
|Queenstown to Te Anau
|Te Anau to Milford Sound
|Invercargill to Te Anau
|Dunedin to Te Anau
For more detailed maps, directions and travelling times, visit the AA Travel website
A township of tranquil beauty.
The attractive town of Te Anau is nestled on the southern shores of Lake Te Anau, New Zealand’s second largest lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. Lake Te Anau covers over 300 square kilometres and has 500 kilometres of uninhabited shoreline.
Te Anau is the ‘Gateway to Fiordland’ being the closest town to Milford Sound. The Fiordland National Park is home to three of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks putting Te Anau firmly on the map as ‘The Walking Capital of the World’. Fiordland is home to the Milford Track, Kepler Track and Routeburn Track.
Take time to stop at the Southern Discoveries Te Anau Visitor Centre on Lakefront Drive to book your experience and for up-to-date weather and road conditions.
Journey through the 1.2 kilometre Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound.
The Homer Tunnel is a 1.2 kilometre long road tunnel which opened in 1954. It took nearly 20 years to complete, linking Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown through the Darran Mountain range at the Homer Saddle. Before then, Milford Sound was inaccessible by road. State Highway 94 now passes through the tunnel at a 1 in 10 gradient down to the western portal, and although the tunnel is wide enough for a bus and small vehicle to pass, traffic lights now operate to control traffic flow.
As well as the famous multi-day walks in the Fiordland National Park, there are a number of short walks along the Milford Road. Please click here for our suggestions.