Three Popular Activities in Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound spoils you with a huge array of delightful activities and attractions. Depending upon your preferences, you can choose from amongst various activities and sports that suit you.

 Milford Sound by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas / CC BY

Milford Sound by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas / CC BY

There are various tour operators and guides here, who ensure that you enjoy your holidays to the hilt. Here are our top picks from Milford Sound.

Helicopter Ride

A helicopter ride is one of the best ways to admire the sights of Milford Sound. Helicopter rides as well as light aircraft flights are available from Te Anau, Wanaka, and Queenstown to Milford Sound and are offered by a number of helicopter operators. The airborne journey from these three destinations to Milford Sound offers you unrivalled views of glaciers and mountains. En route, the helicopter stops at the high Tutoko Glacier and if the weather is favourable, also atop the magnificent Sutherland Falls.


If you are planning to go for a holiday to Milford Sound, Water Cruise should be on the top of your list.  There are various boat operators in Milford Sound, who offer guided tours and day cruises such as Cruise Milford NZ, Real Journeys and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory among others. Most of these cruises arrive from Queenstown or Te Anau during the afternoon, so if you want to enjoy some quiet time, it is better to reach early or during sunset. Take a camera along as you will get lots of opportunities to capture picture-perfect moments.


If you are an adventure buff, you will probably fall in love with kayaking. Besides the thrill and adventure, kayaking lets you access secluded places where the cruise ships are unable to enter. You can also explore and discover a great variety of fauna life here, including penguins and seals. While moving quietly on the water, you will exercise yourself and work up a good appetite and satiate the same with a lovely dinner later. Safety gear and waterproof bags are provided to visitors. It is advisable not to carry phones, while kayaking.