The Milford Road is a 120km stretch of highway that leads into Milford Sound. It is the only road connection to Milford Sound and is notorious in several ways - beautiful and sometimes dangerous to name a few. There are often many questions about how to get to Milford Sound and why people might choose to stay in Te Anau beforehand, rather than Queenstown. This quick explainer is the answer to your Milford Road questions.
Milford Road - Quick Facts.
The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound, without stops, takes approximately 1:45-hours
There is one lane in, and one lane out with some small sections of road being only one lane altogether.
The majority of visitors travel on a guided tour.
The Milford Road is prone to closing in Winter/Early Spring when there is snow.
The highest point of the road is 940m at the Homer Tunnel. The Milford Road has the steepest gradient to this peak point of any highway in New Zealand.
How to get to the Milford Road?
Where to stay on the way to Milford Sound?
We highly recommend staying in Te Anau prior to your journey to Milford Sound.