Knobs flat, was the closest I could get to Milford sound. It is not a powered site, which is what I really wanted, but I knew that before I signed up. It was well organised and the facilities were good. No complaints. The road from Knobs flat to Milford sound, was, in my opinion, bdtter tan the sound itself.
Arrived just before 6 to find the reception almost closed. The lady was super helpful, showing me the weather forecast for the next day at Milford Sound and suggested some short walks. The kitchen was great and merry some fantastic people there. The shower was possible the best I've experienced in NZ. About 10pm, the ground shook. 5.6 on the Richter scale. Had to laugh otherwise I'd have poo'd myself. Would stay again.
When we arrived it was extremely crowded, so we decided to stay at a DOC campsite close by. We asked and were told we could come back later and pay to use the bathrooms/ showers. We came back after having set up our tent and after dinner and when my husband was coming out of the shower, the owner showed up accusing us of sneaking in, he started taking pictures of us with his cell phone, saying he would call the police. He didn't even give us the chance to explain what we had spoken with the person we had seen before. It was an awful experience. Probably a big misunderstanding, but still we felt terrible.
The review is based on our experience at the time of visiting. The readers experience may differ. We do not glamorise poor service, or the accommodation or any aspect of the review and only relate the facts minus the emotion, this is to give you the reader from our perspective an honest review so that you can read and compare other reviews and make a better informed choice about your stay On our trip to New Zealand we decided to visit Milford Sound, this is in the heart of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. We drove from Queenstown and stayed in a small chalet which was about 56 Klm/35 miles from Milford Sound. Situated at Te Anau-Milford Hwy, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand The Chalet is set in the National park and has a few walkways close by but many more within a small drive. (View the website for other details) The Chalet was quite basic, a little run down and needing some TLC which the current proprietor PC, told us was coming. The double bed was very comfortable and the heating system worked just a treat. There were plenty of utensils in the kitchen area, plates, cups, glasses and cleaning liquids. Stove top was gas, had a reasonable size fridge but no Microwave. There are no shops or restaurants close by and you will need to bring your own food, also, best to fuel up at Te’ Anau which you need to go through as fuel at Milford is expensive and only one pump. The toilet and shower were okay with medium size bath towels, hand towels and shampoo and body wash, enough for a couple staying two nights. The water was very hot and the shower was nice with a good strong pressure. There is no TV, Internet or mobile phone reception within the park you need to use a landline at the office or satellite phone if a call out is necessary. This appears to be common In all the residences close to Milford. We stayed here for budget reasons as the price was around a third of the price of accommodation close to the Milford Sound Terminal which is really pushed high during the tourist season. From the Chalet it took us only 1 hour 10 minutes drive we left at 7 am to get the first boats. So, well worth considering this accommodation at Knobs Flat and the magnificent countryside. The other plus is the magnificent views on your return as there is only one way in and out.…
Little campground with many sandflies. It was muddy and not very flat, so difficult to find a nice spot for a tent, but otherwise ok. We received a warm welcome and appreciated the travel tips. Unlimited hot showers.