Simply put, Milford Sound was gorgeous. Looking back, I feel very lucky that we were able to experience it the way we did. Most tourists go on day trips from Queenstown, where they ride a tour bus for 4 hours, take a 90 minute boat cruise, then ride back for another 4 hours. This leaves little time for photos and exploration in between.
We were lucky enough to stay at Milford Sound’s only campsite for 2 nights, which allowed us to view the scenery at any time of the day. Trust me, we took advantage of this opportunity and returned half a dozen times during out stay (it was only a 5 minute drive from the campsite).
What’s interesting about Milford Sound is that there isn’t a town per se, it’s really just a port, and the necessary lodging for the staff. There’s no general store or gas station, just a (really nice) tourist center and a gigantic parking lot for all the tour buses. Because Milford Sound is so remote, all the buses leave by 3:00 pm to get back to civilization, leaving us alone with the beautiful scenery.