Having previously visited Milford years ago on the standard drive in, cruise, drive out rather tiring approach, I wanted to find a better way this time round. We booked a 'bed, breakfast and cruise' package which we felt was great value for what we got. Nice relaxed drive in on empty roads in the afternoon avoiding the hordes of coaches. The Lodge is pleasant with a nice kitchen, free tea/coffee and a lovely big lounge. Also has a nice cafe and little shop - our inclusive Kiwi breakfast was served in there and was a lovely start to the day. We booked a cabin but were upgraded on arrival to a cosy and comfortable lodge room which was a nice touch. Just down the road is the Blue Duck pub/cafe with wifi which was good. Clean, spacious bathrooms also - don't miss the nature walk opposite the lodge too! The package included an early morning cruise with just people from the lodge as the road was not open yet, was lovely to get up close and personal with nature and we saw loads of Dolphins, Seals etc as we were the first boat out. The package also included a nice soup/sandwich lunch on the boat, and a visit to the underwater observatory which was great as we would never have paid the extra for this ourselves. They also emailed us an audio guide to play on the road in/out pointing out the best places to stop/visit which was nice. You are also driving out by lunchtime so have empty roads and lots of time to stop off and enjoy the sights on the way back to Te Anau. Overall a great value package and nice Lodge with friendly staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is simply not possible to fully experience Milford Sound in a day trip... Stay in Milford to enjoy its pure beauty after the day tripping crowds leave and before they arrive. Just 5 minutes drive from Milford Sound cruise boats, Milford Sound Lodge is ideally located. With picture perfect views of the Cleddau River and surrounding mountains, activity bookings on site, and a cafe and a shop, you won’t find a better base for your time in Fiordland. Choose accommodation that suits your needs – from award winning Premium Chalets to cosy Backpacking Rooms and Rainforest Campervan Sites – and let our friendly staff help you make the most of your time in this World Heritage site.There is so much to do: boat cruises, kayaking, walking and sightseeing, or relaxing and soaking in the beauty of your surroundings. You won’t regret treating yourself to an overnight stay in Milford Sound. Pre booking is essential Nov - April and year round for our Chalets. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Milford Sound Hotel Milford Sound