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Milford Sound Lookout Walk

The Milford Sound Lookout walk is worth a short detour during a day at Milford Sound. It is easily overlooked for more noticeable walks along the foreshore, but this walk allows a vantage point over the Sound instead. The walk itself is not particularly impressive and does not offer much in terms of flora or fauna—but the view is worth it.

You will find the start of this walk in the car parking area behind the café at Milford Sound after passing in front of the two brown buildings to the south of the carpark and towards Donald Sutherland’s grave. There you will see a brown hedge on the left. Follow the path around the hedge until the edge of the bush. You will find a track at the end.

You will find steps on the track. Climbing them, the beauty of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak will appear before your eyes. 

Much like everywhere in Milford Sound, remember to have insect repellent. The sandflies are never far off.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 20 minute walk
        • Distance: 400 m
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: 50 m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the Visitor Centre
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The track offers views of Milford Sound an Mitre Peak.

  • Track Quality

    The track is easy and includes some steps.

  • 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 is the only dining 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

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Map of Milford Sound Lookout Walk

Here is the map for Milford Sound Lookout 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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