Mist rolls through the valley, and you hear the faint sound of the river in the distance. The crips mountain air lands on your cheeks as you look up and see that it’s just you and the mountains in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand. So you breathe, take it all in and get ready to enjoy your stay at the stunning Milford Sound Lodge.
From the moment you arrive, you know you are somewhere special. Located in the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound Lodge is the ideal place to base yourself and make sure you have time to soak up everything the area offers.
Getting to the Milford Sound Lodge
The Milford Sound Lodge is about 4 – 5 hours from Queenstown and is the only accommodation available in Milford. I arrived at Queenstown, immediately picked up my rental car and then made my way around Lake Wakatipu and on to Te Anau.
It’s worth allowing a decent amount of time for the drive as there are plenty of beautiful places to stop along the way and enjoy this stunning part of the country.
Due to the isolated nature of the Milford Sound Lodge, it’s a good idea to have everything you need with you when you arrive. There is a restaurant on-site, but there are no shops, so stopping in Te Anau to pick up supplies and fill up on petrol is recommended. Even though the isolation isn’t the most convenient, this is the perfect spot to discount and focus on yourself for a few days.
Staying at the Milford Sound Lodge
The Milford Sound Lodge is nestled amongst the rainforest, with nothing around but the beauty of nature. There is a range of chalets available, and there is also a campervan park.
I was in one of the Moutain View Chalets during my stay, which definitely lives up to its name. The spacious room comes with an extremely comfortable bed, sitting area, plenty of storage and a luxury bathroom.
The room opens up to the epic mountain range that sits directly outside, allowing you to go from the comfort of your room to being surrounded by majestic giants within seconds.
I arrived in the late afternoon just as the sun was starting to make its way down the in the sky while wisps of clouds rolled through the valley.
After settling in and once the sky had turned an inky black, I made my way over to the onsite restaurant Pio Pio. The restaurant has a fantastic menu filled with fresh local ingredients. The wild venison was absolutely delicious, and make sure you save room for dessert as it is the perfect way to finish the evening.
After dinner, I went back to my chalet, bundled up with a blanket and a glass of red wine and watched the milky ways sparkle over the mountains.
When morning came once again, the valley was filled with a dusting of mists, and the sun started to make its way down the mountains. All room comes with breakfast which will be delivered to your room during a time you get to specify. The room also comes with tea and coffee facilities, so you’ll have everything you need to get yourself ready for a day of exploring the sounds.
Things to do at the Milford Sound Lodge
Now, because the Milford Sounds Lodge is so beautiful, you might be tempted to sit back and relax during your stay. But there’s so much more to the area you need to explore.
Milford Sound Boat Cruise
The shores of Milford are only just the beginning, and once you head out into the fiord, it gets better. Even when it’s raining, the fiord is amazing. Check out Southern Discoveries for more details.
There’s much more to Milford Sound than what happens above the surface. The area is known as New Zealand’s coral capital, and what better way to explore this part of the world than a diving trip. Descend Dive Milford caters to all experience levels, so even if you’re a newbie, they’ll be able to help you out.
The Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s great walks, but if you’re planning on doing the whole thing, you’ll need to have four extra days and book at least a year in advance. However, you can get a taste of this iconic track by arranging a day walk. Fiordland Outdoors Co can help you with all your transportation needs.
Marvel at Mitre Peak
Suppose you’re short on time, then the least you can do is go and check out the stunning Mitre Peak. The iconic mountains are a symbol of Milford Sound, and sitting on the shores marvelling at it reflected in the water is a sight that will stick with you long after you leave.
Final thoughts on the Milford Sounds Lodge
From the moment you arrive at the Milford Sound Lodge, you’ll already wonder when you can return. However, the isolated nature of the Milford Sound allows you just to relax and take in the beauty of everything around you.
The modern, comfortable chalets perfectly blend luxury and nature together to create a truly unique experience that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.