Milford Sound accommodation options are somewhat limited for luxury travelers, but here are our recommendations if you have time to explore Fiordland National Park for more than one day.
Fiordland Lodge (Te Anau, New Zealand)
Set in a World Heritage Area, Fiordland Lodge is a comfortable base just outside of Te Anau from where to explore Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and the surrounding Fiordland National Park. It feautures a rustic look with lots of natural timber and has commanding views out across Lake Te Anau.
Escape to peace and tranquillity on an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound. Starts in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri, then coach across Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest to Deep Cove where your the boat awaits. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. Watch for the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins before dropping anchor in a sheltered cove. You can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or to simply relax onboard.