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places to stop on the road to milford sound

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places to stop on the road to milford sound

will be driving to milford from te anau ..any list of recommendation on the places to stop - for photographs and small treks..we have small kids hence treks at bet 30 to 45 mins preferred..how much time shd we budget for the stoppages on the drive to milford (which I believe takes 2 hours) if one were not in a mad hurry to reach milford

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1. Re: places to stop on the road to milford sound

Driving from Te Anau to Milford Sound in two hours indicates someone in a "mad hurry" to reach Milford Sound. Please remember this is a busy dangerous road and you could take all day to travel from Te Anau to Milford Sound and still not see all it has to offer.

Some buses will leave Te Anau at 10.00 am for the 1.00pm cruise and that includes stops on the Milford road which equates to a 3 hour journey. If more photo stops and little walks are important to you choose a tour that leaves at 10.00 am and uses the less crowded 2.00pm cruise. Thats a 4 hour journey and may include as many as 10 stops along the Milford road.

The Milford road is best done in a glass roof luxury coach because you will be more relaxed, see much more and the drivers commentary will give you all the information including the geological history of the area.

It may be slightly cheaper to drive yourself and purchase a cruise when you arrive in Milford Sound but by paying a little extra to join a tour coach will provide a much more enjoyable and relaxing experience.

If you shop around you can travel from Te Anau via luxury coach complete with glass roof for under $120 per adult or $65 for children and this includes the $75 approx. for the cruise in the fjords.

If you still insist on driving this road please take care because there are many accidents on this alpine road involving drivers who are new and unaware of all the obstacles that this road can have.

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2. Re: places to stop on the road to milford sound

We have driven this route twice, and found the road to be excellent. We have driven many mountain roads and compared to ones in Switzerland and Italy, the Milford Road is easy and not dangerous! Drivers of a nervous disposition might find it a bit narrow in places, but it didn't worry us.

As for stops, I can recommend three. Lake Gunn is a flat round walk through a forest and to a lake. It's not quite as interesting however as Mirror Lakes (you pull over right next to it) where the mountains are reflected in the water (on a still day!) and The Chasm, a 20 minute easy round walk though rainforest to a waterfall - plenty of NZ birds to listen out for too. And if you want to see kea you can pull over at the entrance to the Homer Tunnel and wait for them, although I've never been that lucky!

Hope this helps, enjoy your trip

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3. Re: places to stop on the road to milford sound

The Department of Conservation website has a list of walks:


More detail here:


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4. Re: places to stop on the road to milford sound

1)Definitely at mirror lake

2)Our kid also loved snows and gigantic parrots near tunnel (please stop one the way back after the tunnel so you do not miss the boat) you want see parrotsbut once you stopped, they would come after you (so friendly and looked like they could eat everything)

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