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Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a stunning fiord located on the South Island of New Zealand. It is located in the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is the most visited and most iconic destination in the area. The fiord is surrounded by steep cliffs, lush rainforest, and glacial peaks, making it one of the most dramatic and breathtaking natural sights in the world.

The fiord is 15 kilometres long and up to 1,200 metres deep, with the highest peak being Mitre Peak at 1,692 metres. It is home to a variety of wildlife including fur seals, penguins, dolphins, and whales. Milford Sound is also home to the world's only permanent underwater observatory, giving visitors a unique view of the marine life beneath the surface.

The fiord was first sighted by Europeans in 1812 during the voyage of the whaling ship the Dove. It was named Milford Haven by Captain John Grono, after his hometown in Wales. In 1888, the fiord was visited by the German explorer and scientist, Baron von Mueller, who named it Milford Sound.

The area has a rich Maori history, with the local Maori people having inhabited the area for hundreds of years. The Maori name for the fiord is Piopiotahi, which means ‘one single piopio bird’, referring to the now extinct native bird that was once found in the area.

Today, Milford Sound is a popular tourist destination and a popular spot for kayaking, sailing, and diving. It is also a popular place for cruise ships, with many people taking a tour of the fiord and its many attractions. Milford Sound is a truly spectacular and awe-inspiring place, and a must-see for any visitor to New Zealand.

Excursion tips for a day in Milford Sound

As a tourist in Milford Sound, New Zealand, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a day:
1. Take a scenic boat cruise and explore the natural beauty of the fjords.
2. Go kayaking and paddle through the sheltered waters of the Sound.
3. Hike one of the many trails in the area, such as the Milford Track or the Routeburn Track.
4. Visit the Milford Discovery Centre and learn about the area’s history, geology, and wildlife.
5. Take a scenic flight and see the spectacular views of the fjords from the air.
6. Go fishing and try your luck at catching some of the local fish.
7. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and take in the stunning views.
8. Go stargazing and marvel at the night sky.
9. Take a guided tour of the area and learn about the local culture and history.
10. Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Sound.

Experience Milford Sound with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Milford Sound. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Milford Sound

Milford Sound in New Zealand experiences a temperate maritime climate, with moderate temperatures and high levels of rainfall throughout the year. In summer (December-February), temperatures range between 10-25°C and rainfall is usually light. In autumn (March-May), temperatures range between 5-20°C and rainfall increases. In winter (June-August), temperatures range between 0-12°C and rainfall is high. In spring (September-November), temperatures range between 5-20°C and rainfall is moderate. Overall, Milford Sound has a mild climate with moderate temperatures and high rainfall levels throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Milford Sound

Our weather forecast for Milford Sound helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Feb. 21st 2024 Feb. 21st 2024 max: 19.0 °C
min: 1.7 °C
7.2 m/s
7.6 m/s
16.3 %
24.1 m
72.2 %
1,024 hPa
07:13:25
20:50:03
Feb. 22nd 2024 Feb. 22nd 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 4 °C
10.8 m/s
11.9 m/s
76.3 %
24.1 m
78.1 %
1,025 hPa
07:14:49
20:48:26
Feb. 23rd 2024 Feb. 23rd 2024 max: 16.6 °C
min: 3.8 °C
12.2 m/s
18.0 m/s
77.2 %
17.1 m
73.8 %
1,020 hPa
07:16:13
20:46:47
Feb. 24th 2024 Feb. 24th 2024 max: 12.4 °C
min: 7.4 °C
17.3 m/s
38.9 m/s
98.4 %
3.5 m
96.8 %
1,008 hPa
07:17:37
20:45:07
Feb. 25th 2024 Feb. 25th 2024 max: 17.9 °C
min: 4.5 °C
11.2 m/s
8.6 m/s
26.3 %
20.0 m
82.0 %
1,009 hPa
07:19:00
20:43:26
Feb. 26th 2024 Feb. 26th 2024 max: 14.4 °C
min: 4.3 °C
10.8 m/s
12.2 m/s
66.7 %
21.2 m
79.4 %
1,011 hPa
07:20:22
20:41:45
Feb. 27th 2024 Feb. 27th 2024 max: 7.7 °C
min: 4.3 °C
12.2 m/s
20.9 m/s
94.3 %
11.8 m
96.5 %
1,013 hPa
07:21:45
20:40:02
Feb. 28th 2024 Feb. 28th 2024 max: 16.8 °C
min: 3.5 °C
11.9 m/s
13.8 m/s
31.5 %
23.4 m
76.3 %
1,014 hPa
07:23:07
20:38:19
Feb. 29th 2024 Feb. 29th 2024 max: 8.9 °C
min: 4.3 °C
14.0 m/s
25.6 m/s
92.9 %
11.1 m
94.7 %
1,007 hPa
07:24:29
20:36:36
Mar. 1st 2024 Mar. 1st 2024 max: 8.0 °C
min: 1.7 °C
14.4 m/s
28.4 m/s
86.0 %
18.8 m
80.1 %
1,010 hPa
07:25:50
20:34:51
Mar. 2nd 2024 Mar. 2nd 2024 max: 9.8 °C
min: 2.1 °C
12.6 m/s
27.4 m/s
69.8 %
9.7 m
90.6 %
1,012 hPa
07:27:11
20:33:06
Mar. 3rd 2024 Mar. 3rd 2024 max: 15.0 °C
min: 0 °C
9.0 m/s
20.5 m/s
15.9 %
22.3 m
71.9 %
1,017 hPa
07:28:32
20:31:20
Mar. 4th 2024 Mar. 4th 2024 max: 15.4 °C
min: 2.7 °C
14.8 m/s
19.8 m/s
43.6 %
24.1 m
65.6 %
1,018 hPa
07:29:52
20:29:34
Mar. 5th 2024 Mar. 5th 2024 max: 17.4 °C
min: 3.2 °C
9.4 m/s
11.0 m/s
6.2 %
24.1 m
58.7 %
1,021 hPa
07:31:12
20:27:47
Mar. 6th 2024 Mar. 6th 2024 max: 19.2 °C
min: 4.3 °C
10.1 m/s
6.5 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
69.9 %
1,024 hPa
07:32:32
20:25:59

Cruises to Milford Sound

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Scheduled ship calls in Milford Sound, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 21st 2024 Wednesday, 21st of Feb. 2024 Celebrity Edge 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Feb. 22nd 2024 Thursday, 22nd of Feb. 2024 Azamara Onward 04:00 pm 07:00 pm
Feb. 27th 2024 Tuesday, 27th of Feb. 2024 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 28th 2024 Wednesday, 28th of Feb. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 4th 2024 Monday, 4th of Mar. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 6th 2024 Wednesday, 6th of Mar. 2024 MS Volendam 07:00 am 08:00 am
Mar. 9th 2024 Saturday, 9th of Mar. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 10th 2024 Sunday, 10th of Mar. 2024 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 15th 2024 Friday, 15th of Mar. 2024 MS Noordam 07:00 am 08:00 am
Mar. 16th 2024 Saturday, 16th of Mar. 2024 Brilliance of the Seas 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 19th 2024 Tuesday, 19th of Mar. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 21st 2024 Thursday, 21st of Mar. 2024 Celebrity Edge 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 22nd 2024 Friday, 22nd of Mar. 2024 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 2nd 2024 Tuesday, 2nd of Apr. 2024 Celebrity Edge 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Apr. 6th 2024 Saturday, 6th of Apr. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 08:00 am 09:00 am
Nov. 15th 2024 Friday, 15th of Nov. 2024 Celebrity Edge 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Nov. 19th 2024 Tuesday, 19th of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 28th 2024 Thursday, 28th of Nov. 2024 Celebrity Edge 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Dec. 1st 2024 Sunday, 1st of Dec. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 08:00 am 09:00 am
Dec. 6th 2024 Friday, 6th of Dec. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 9th 2024 Monday, 9th of Dec. 2024 MS Europa 2 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 10th 2024 Tuesday, 10th of Dec. 2024 Silver Nova 08:00 am 11:00 am
Dec. 16th 2024 Monday, 16th of Dec. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 20th 2024 Friday, 20th of Dec. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Edge 08:00 am 09:00 am
Dec. 25th 2024 Wednesday, 25th of Dec. 2024 MS Westerdam 07:00 am 08:00 am
Dec. 25th 2024 Wednesday, 25th of Dec. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 04:00 pm 05:00 pm
Dec. 27th 2024 Friday, 27th of Dec. 2024 Silver Muse 10:00 am 01:00 pm
Dec. 29th 2024 Sunday, 29th of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 3rd 2025 Friday, 3rd of Jan. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 6th 2025 Monday, 6th of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Quest 12:00 pm 07:00 pm
Jan. 10th 2025 Friday, 10th of Jan. 2025 LE JACQUES CARTIER 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 11th 2025 Saturday, 11th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 08:00 am 09:00 am
Jan. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Jan. 2025 MS Westerdam 07:00 am 08:00 am
Jan. 13th 2025 Monday, 13th of Jan. 2025 Silver Nova 08:00 am 11:00 am
Jan. 21st 2025 Tuesday, 21st of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Quest 06:00 am 12:00 pm
Jan. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Jan. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 30th 2025 Thursday, 30th of Jan. 2025 Celebrity Edge 08:00 am 09:00 am
Feb. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Feb. 2025 Seabourn Quest 12:00 pm 07:00 pm
Feb. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Feb. 2025 MS Westerdam 07:00 am 08:00 am
Feb. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Feb. 2025 Silver Muse 04:00 pm 08:00 pm
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 11th 2025 Tuesday, 11th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 04:00 pm 07:00 pm
Feb. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Onward 07:00 am 10:00 am
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Feb. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 25th 2025 Tuesday, 25th of Feb. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 28th 2025 Friday, 28th of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Edge 05:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Mar. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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