This spectacular national park at the south western corner of the South Island is largely inaccessible unless you take a scenic flight or hike one of its famous tracks.
Milford Sound is one of the most visited areas within the park and one of the few places with road access. This small village lies under the shadow of the remarkable Mitre Peak and is the launching place for cruises on Milford Sound. There is not much in Milford besides an information point, café and accommodation, so bring food with you if you plan to stay for the night.
This is the finishing point of what many consider to be the greatest walk in the world – the Milford Track. Other excellent walks include the Kepler and Hollyford Tracks, and the demanding Dusky Track. The popularity of the Milford Track means you must book well in advance, and these days many travellers are opting for the lesser known, but equally great alternatives. This is one of the wettest areas in the world, so take good wet-weather gear and plenty of insect repellent for those pesky sand flies.