Opting to be your own chauffeur to Milford Sound is a popular and great choice! Tap into your adventurous side and create a fantastic journey for yourselves with what this part of the world has to offer.
All you social bunnies, remember that there is no phone service from Te Anau Downs to Milford. Phone coverage is pretty much non-existent during the last leg of the trip into Milford Sound. But not to worry, you don’t need your phone at all! Not only is it one straight road into the fiord (no need for old Google Maps) but it’s much more important to completely soak up your surroundings. Take it all in, chat to the person next to you, or stop to look at the valleys and rainforests in awe. As you would in any area with no phone coverage, make sure you’ve got all the information you need first. Know how long the drive will take you and how much time to allow to get back home.
You also won’t find any shops or petrol/fuel stations between Te Anau and Milford. This means Te Anau is your hub to stock up on supplies. Grab some road-trip snacks, fill up the tank and you are good to go! There is a café and limited supplies available in Milford Sound, and you will have access to refreshments on board your cruise boat (if you are sailing the waters).
Allow a significant amount of time. If your journey starts in Te Anau, allow for an 8-hour day. This includes time to stop along the way and enjoy a JUCY Cruise through Milford Sound. If departing from Queenstown, your day will be a 12 – 14 hour one. The Milford Road is a popular and often busy piece of infrastructure. You’re on your own schedule when driving yourself, so time your trip so as not to meet every other adventurer along the way! The weather conditions will of course come in to play, so check the road conditions before you make way!