I stayed here midweek in a large camper with my young family in autumn. We phoned and booked ahead as we didn't want to be caught short with a baby on board. Not knowing how long it would take to get to Milford Sound and see everything without rushing I stupidly booked for two nights. We got there in plenty of time and managed to do everything there was to do in the area so I tried to change my booking to just one night so we could go back to Te Anau the following day. This resulted in some arguing with the reception staff who wanted to charge me the full price as it was less then 24 hours notice (just!). I thought this was a bit rich as the park was already full and beginning to overflow so it was obvious they would not be loosing any money and I was only staying on a camper van pitch. They finally decided to charge me just 30% of a nights stay but the staff were unable to work this out on their calculator. They could only work out 70% for some reason and after trying to give them a lesson in basic mathematics I gave up and just paid it.
The park itself is amazingly uninspired for such a beautiful area. The camper van area is basically just a gravel car park with everyone squeezed in. No real views or anything. The facilities were pretty good with all the basics you could need plus some great unhealthy breakfasts on offer!
It is well worth staying here for the night and getting up to see the sound early in the morning, it was amazing. But definitely book ahead especially if you want a powered site but one night should do it.
- 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