Getting there & away
InterCity (03-249 7559; www.intercity.co.nz) runs daily bus services from Queenstown ($70) and Te Anau ($50). Trampers’ buses also operate from Te Anau and Queenstown and will pick up at the Milford Sound Lodge. All these buses pass the Divide and the start/end of the Routeburn, Greenstone and Caples Tracks.
There’s a dizzying array of bus trips that include a boat cruise on the sound in their price; most are around $120 to $150 from Te Anau (or from $200 from Queenstown, but that’s a very long 13-hour day). Book at any i-SITE or booking agency in those towns.
It’s a magnificent drive from Te Anau to Milford. Fill up with petrol in Te Anau before setting off. Chains must be carried on avalanche-risk days from May to November (there will be signs on the road) and can be hired from most service stations.