We stayed at Milford Sound Lodge on a powered site for one night in October 2012, We'd read great things about the location in all the guide books and we weren't disappointed when we arrived (after a spectacular drive through the snow to get there!) to find ourselves surrounded by amazing snow-capped mountains and forest. The views from the back of our camper were spectacular but unfortunately the rest of the site was a bit of a let down. At $44 a night this was one of the most expensive sites we stayed on during our five week tour of the south island and the facilities were among the worst we experienced. The male toilets and showers were closed for refurbishment so the female bathroom became unisex. Having boys in the loo really didn't bother me but with only a handful of showers and toilets to choose from it meant waiting times were pretty high. There were also no shelves or benches in the showers meaning that storing anything while showering was difficult. I'd also recently sustained a broken shoulder so it was almost impossible for me to shower and dress without anything to sit on or anywhere to place items. I completely understand that refurbishments have to take place but I felt the price should potentially have been discounted as a result. My only other complaint is that the powered sites here are also the most cramped we came across on our travels - the site was full during the night we stayed and it was impossible to leave your curtains open without staring straight into the van next to you. Bit of a shame as it became difficult to admire the view once the site filled up with campers from late afternoon.
There are no other powered site options if you want to stay overnight in Milford Sound so if we were to visit again and do an early morning tour we would probably stay here again. If you're visiting Milford for the day though and staying overnight in the immediate area isn't essential I would highly recommend Hollyford Camp (also known as Gunn's Camp) about half an hour back down the road - authentic 1950's worker's cabins with log burners and equally awesome views for only $10 more per night!
- 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 Luxury Riverside Chalets to cosy private and dormitory backpacking rooms and powered campervan and tent 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: kayaking, diving, boat cruises 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 - March and year round for our Riverside Chalets. ... more less
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- Milford Sound Hotel Milford Sound