The Most Instagrammable Hotels in Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound is a fjord on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, in the Southland region, overlooking the Tasman Sea. It is part of the Fiordland National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A fjord is a valley that was carved out of the rock by the movement of a glacier as it advanced from the mountain to the sea, and was invaded by the sea after the ice receded. It is a huge inlet with steeply sloping banks (Milford Sound extends 15km inland). After the Maoris, Milford Sound was discovered on 11 November 1770 by the navigator James Cook, aboard his ship 'Endeavour'. 

The first thing you will see when you arrive is Mitre Peak in the distance, as it is 1,692 metres high. The fjord is 400 metres deep in places and its waters are home to dolphins, seals and whales.

Despite its difficult access, it is one of New Zealand's most visited tourist spots with around 550,000 tourists visiting each year, mainly in January and February.

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About Milford Sound Lodge

Offering garden views, Milford Sound Lodge is located in Milford Sound and has a restaurant, room service, bar, and garden.

Milford Sound Lodge is a must-stay when visiting the fjord and be sure to book for dinner as the hotel's restaurant is excellent

Each accommodation has a sofa, seating area, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a well-equipped kitchenette, and a bathroom with a shower. Some units have a patio and/or balcony with river or mountain views.
Breakfast is available daily at the lodge.

The lodge is conveniently located for hiking in the vicinity. It is also close to the Queenstown Airport (about 74km) but also close to the bus terminal (5 minutes) and also right next to the Milford Sound Boat Cruises route if you are a boat lover.
You will be a 2-hour drive from Te Anau and a 5-hour drive from Queenstown. Glenorchy is 40.2km from the hotel. 

Accommodation highlights include Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, bar, and luggage storage, and please note that children are welcome

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About Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Fiordland Discovery offers a scenic overnight boat cruise through the iconic Milford Sound Fjord. Enjoy spectacular views of the highest peaks and beautiful waterfalls, and see the local wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and perhaps even penguins from the boat. There's no better way to reconnect with nature than living this experience. 

The boat has a whirlpool for your relaxation. Of course, you will have your own private, heated/climate-controlled cabin with your own private bathroom. Breakfast and a 3-course dinner are provided. The boat has a bar, where you can order drinks. Tea and coffee will be offered throughout the trip for your convenience. 

Guests can also enjoy a variety of additional activities, such as kayaking or small boat trips. For photography enthusiasts, you can observe the fascinating marine life below the surface with underwater images captured by their remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Luxury round-trip land transfers from Queenstown or Te Anau are available on request at an additional cost. 

This overnight cruise is the perfect unusual activity to discover the region, especially Milford Sound. 

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About Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

This hotel is located just outside Milford Sound on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Kinloch Wilderness Retreat offers different types of rooms ranging from dormitories to queen-size Heritage rooms. The hotel is 26 km from Glenorchy. It is the closest accommodation to the Greenstone and Routeburnwalking trails. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. Shuttle service to and from the trails is available at an additional cost.
It also has a restaurant where you can eat breakfast, although dinner is only available by prior arrangement. 

Rooms at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat are divided into 2 areas. The first area is the Heritage Lodge, which has 6 rooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, a private lounge with tea and coffee making facilities, and a private terrace with views of the mountain sunrise and Lake Wakatipu

In the second area, 13 other rooms are located in the Wilderness area. Most have lake and mountain views. All rooms share the same bathroom, located in the middle of the building. All rooms are equipped with bed linens, towels, hot water bottles, extra blankets, mirrors, and electrical outlets. All rooms have access to the lounge with over 100 DVDs, the fully equipped communal kitchen with a large dining area, and an outdoor hot tub where you can enjoy the view. The lounge has board games, books, and a wood-burning fireplace. On sunny days there is a barbecue in the outdoor courtyard. Laundry facilities are also available.

Please ask the tour desk to arrange local activities such as horse riding, zip-lining, fishing, and hiking.

The hotel is 74 km from Queenstown Airport. Kinloch Wilderness Retreat is 360 km from Milford Sound.

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About EcoScapes

EcoScapes is 26 km from the center of Glenorchy and offers a transport service to the Routeburn track, 17 km from the hotel. There is a restaurant on-site where you can enjoy breakfast in your room or in a veranda.

Rooms are equipped with a TV and iPad. The accommodation has a living room with a view of the mountain and the lake. For your comfort, bathrobes and free toiletries are provided.

Around the hotel, you can go kayaking, horse riding, scenic flights, or jet boating. The hotel also rents bicycles. The nearest airport is Queenstown Airport, 79 km from EcoScapes.

EcoScapes is an absolutely incredible accommodation that allows you to relax and unwind in a truly unique location with fantastic views and very friendly staff. The houses have all the amenities you need for your well-being. The very large window can be converted into a large screen for watching movies. There is a hot tub nearby with a great view of Lake Wakatipu. The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes, including absolutely delicious vegan dishes

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