We stayed here for two nights, in a four-bed room (two sets of bunks). The room was basic but not uncomfortable. The walls were rather thin. Most of the bedrooms are in a separate building to the amenities, joined by a covered walkway, so you did have to brave the ever-present sandflies even to go to the loo. The toilets and shower rooms did have a slightly unpleasant odour, but were fairly clean. I did have to queue more than once for both a loo and a shower, suggesting that there are not sufficient for the number of guests.
The kitchen was well-equipped, with plenty of pots and pans, crockery and cutlery, but was rather cramped and got very chaotic when lots of people were trying to cook. The dining area was fine, although a few more tables and chairs would have helped at peak periods. The lounge was nice with big squishy sofas, some tables and chairs, and a couple of pcs with paid internet access. Boardgames were available from reception, and we whiled away one wet afternoon playing monopoly in the lounge.
The lodge is a 25-30 walk/drive from the cruise terminal itself (there are shuttle buses from the lodge, but their times are a bit erratic, and we were made to feel guilty about using one since we had a car), with great views of the valley and river en route. There is a café/pub at the Sound, but no shop. The tiny store in the lodge did a few basics and was not horrendously expensive, but we were glad we’d brought our supplies with us. The lodge has parking, and you can camp in the grounds, but I’m not sure how pleasant that would be given the sandflies, and it looked pretty grim (no grassy pitches or shade, for example). The newish individual cabins by the river looked nice, and must have great views (from behind glass, as opposed to the sandfly-affected decks!), but they cost a packet. Maybe worth it if they are ensuite?!?
This was a good option for us as it meant we were able to take a 9am cruise of the Sound without an early start, and then relax for the rest of the day before heading back inland the next morning. No rushing around. And it was a reasonable price (about $100 per night). We’d probably stay again, purely on the basis of location, certainly not for the slightly inadequate communal facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is simply not possible to fully experience Milford Sound in a day trip... Stay in Milford to enjoy its pure beauty after the day tripping crowds leave and before they arrive. Just 5 minutes drive from Milford Sound cruise boats, Milford Sound Lodge is ideally located. With picture perfect views of the Cleddau River and surrounding mountains, activity bookings on site, and a cafe and a shop, you won’t find a better base for your time in Fiordland. Choose accommodation that suits your needs – from award winning Premium Chalets to cosy Backpacking Rooms and Rainforest Campervan Sites – and let our friendly staff help you make the most of your time in this World Heritage site.There is so much to do: boat cruises, kayaking, walking and sightseeing, or relaxing and soaking in the beauty of your surroundings. You won’t regret treating yourself to an overnight stay in Milford Sound. Pre booking is essential Nov - April and year round for our Chalets. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Milford Sound Hotel Milford Sound