Milford Sound Foreshore Walk

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Milford Sound Foreshore Walk is a great return walk of 400 m, it’ll take you around 30 minutes allowing for time to take photos.

The Milford Sounds Foreshore Walk is perfect while you’re waiting for your cruise. Or maybe you have come off the boat trip and aren’t quite ready to leave the beauty of the Sound quite yet. This walk takes you through a small Beech forest. But most stunning are the views of Mitre Peak and the surrounding mountains on the water as you walk along the foreshore of Milford Sound.

While the walk is short, it is easy to lose track of time. After all, it is not for nothing that RudyYard Kipling deemed Milford Sound the 8th Wonder of the World. Loop your way around the shore to take in the Sound from as many angles as possible.

Often missed as most people remain on the main Foreshore walk path, there is a short walk that branches off from the car park where you will find a viewpoint. This viewpoint is slightly elevated and so offers views of Milford Sound from a (comparative) vantage point from the rest of the walk. 

Milford Sound is known as one of the rainiest places in the world, but it is also notoriously known for its sandflies. So don’t forget your insect repellent!

Views in Milford Sound on the Foreshore Walk - Copyright
Views in Milford Sound on the Foreshore Walk - Copyright

Must do while in Milford Sound

We drove out to Milford Sound for the day from our hotel in Te Anau. This gave us plenty of time to do a few free walks then take a 2 hour boat trip in the Milford Sounds. It really is spectacular and well worth it. If you’d rather someone else drive while you soak up the scenery (it’s a long drive of 155m) then take a bus tour which includes the cruise and a walk, which leave from Te Anau.

Parking in Milford Sound for the Foreshore Walk

You’ll need to read about how much it costs to park in Milford Sound before you decide whether to take your car or not. You’ll walk on part of the Foreshore Walk from the car park to the visitor terminal where all the boats leave from.

As an alternative to paying for parking…

Take the option of leaving the car behind and traveling to Milford Sound from Queenstown or Te Anau by bus. This is way much better, the road out to Milford Sound is long and very beautiful. If you’re driving its hard to see all the sights. You’ll also get a running commentary from the driver or tour guide the whole way. Here are some fantastic options for including a boat trip with walking tracks in Milford Sound.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30 minute walk
        • Distance: 400 m
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the Visitor Centre
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers incredible views of Mitre Peak.

  • Track Quality

    This is an easy, well-maintained and informative walk.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Milford Sound is a stop on InterCity’s bus network.

  • Water

    Water can be found at the Visitor Centre.

  • Driving Instructions

    Milford Sound is 120 km from Te Anau along the Milford Road (SH94).

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The Milford Sound Lodge and Pio Pio Cafe along with the cafe near the information centre are the only dining options available in Milford Sound.

  • Area & Track History

    This walk is on the shores of Milford Sound. Milford Sound was created through the movement of glaciers about 400 million years ago. Today, the Milford Track and Milford Sound are one of New Zealand’s most popular attractions.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Milford Sound Foreshore Walk

Here is the map for Milford Sound Foreshore Walk showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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