Everything you need to know about JUCY's Milford Sound Cruises
How do I get to Milford Sound?
There are a number of different ways to get to Milford Sound including self-drive, day-trips by coach and by air.
Please note, your Milford Sound boat trip does not depart from Queenstown wharf. Some people do ask that!
How long does it take to drive to Milford Sound from Queenstown?
It is a good idea to allow at least 4.5 hours to ensure that you have enough time for all the photo stops along the way! This time-frame also allows for a 20 minute break in Te Anau.
Are snow chains required on the road to Milford Sound?
During winter, snow chains are usually required to be carried. There are road condition signs on the way to Te Anau from Queenstown but it is also a good idea to keep an eye on the New Zealand Transport Agency’s website for the most up to date information: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh94-milford-road/road-status/
Is there EFTPOS or Credit Card facilites on the boat to make purchases?
You can pay for your cruise using EFTPOS or Credit Card at the booking desk, but it’s a good idea to bring some cash for refreshments on the boat as we cannot provide EFTPOS facilities on board.
Is there an ATM machine in Milford Sound?
There is no ATM in Milford Sound – make sure you bring all the cash that you think you will need. The last ATM available before Milford Sound is located in Te Anau.
Do you operate everyday?
The only day we don't operate is Christmas Day. We like to give our staff at least one day off per year!
Do I need a raincoat?
Milford Sound is acknowledged to be one of the wettest places in New Zealand with over 180 rain days, so a jacket and other warm clothing are advised as the weather can be very unpredictable all year round. You'll definitely require a rain jacket if you decide to take advantage of Milford's free shower service underneath one of the waterfalls.
Will we see dolphins?
It's not uncommon for Bottlenose Dolphins to make their way into Milford Sound. They love to play in the boats wake so keep your camera handy!
Is it worth going to Milford Sound when it is raining?
Milford Sound is stunning in any weather. The more it rains the more waterfalls you will see. Some people argue Milford is more spectacular in the rain as the surrounding mountains come alive with countless waterfalls that you don't see on a sunny day.
Is there a petrol station in Milford Sound?
There is only a very limited supply of fuel in Milford Sound. We would strongly recommend you fuel up before you leave Te Anau.
Is there any cellphone or internet coverage in Milford Sound?
Cellphone coverage finishes a very short way along the Milford road once you have left Te Anau. There are emergency phones at certain locations along the road including the Homer Tunnel. At the Milford Sound terminal, WiFi is available and credit can be bought at the JUCY Cruise desk.
Will Lucy be our boat skipper?
No, Lucy is not the skipper but she can often be seen swimming with the dolphins or sunbathing on Seal Rock....if you look closely.
Is there somewhere we can park at Milford Sound?
Once you reach the end of the Milford road there is a large, free of charge car-park available for everyone going cruising at Milford Sound. It is a short 5 minute walk to the terminal building where your cruise departs from the carpark. Please note that you cannot park directly outside the terminal building.
Can you camp in Milford Sound?
There are Department of Conservation campsites all the way along the Milford road but none once you pass through the Homer Tunnel. The only accommodation facilities available in Milford Sound itself is Milford Sound lodge. It is possible to park overnight in the terminal carparks for a fee payable to the Milford sound Development Authority.
Is there an opportunity to purchase food on the way to Milford Sound or in Milford Sound?
The last point with a large selection of food outlets and supermarkets is Te Anau. In Milford itself, there is only one small cafe. Snacks and drinks are available for cash purchase on the boat.
What should I take and what do I need for my trip to Milford Sound?
Here's an idea of must-have items:
- Cash - to pay for purchases on the boat.
- A rain jacket - even on a sunny day the waterfalls will get you wet.
- A camera - to record your day.
- Sunglasses - it can be bright if the sun is shining!
- Finally, if you are self-driving, a full tank of petrol when leaving Te Anau.