SH94 Milford Road

This website provides information on Milford Road and the unique environment that Transit is working within to maintain this road that provides the only road access to Milford Sound. Here you can find out all you need to know when driving on Milford Road plus information on what Transit New Zealand is doing behind the scene to keep this road open and safe all year round.

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Climbing through the Southern Alps, State Highway 94 is one of the highest and most scenic state highways in New Zealand. The highest part of the road is at 940 metres above sea level. The Milford Road, part of SH94, takes you from Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to the major tourist gateway - Milford Sound.

Over one million people visit Fiordland every year and Milford Sound is one of their favourite destinations. A part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is no wonder that Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world'.

One of the most incredible and frequently overlooked features of Milford Sound is the journey to get there.

Transit New Zealand looks after the Milford Road which provides the only road access to Milford Sound. It is therefore essential for Transit to keep this road safe and open all year round. In winter season (May to September) snow, ice and risk of avalanches make safe driving critical.

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Latest News

A quarter of a century of world-leading technology This week's anniversary celebration of Transit's world-leading Milford Road Avalanche Control Programme marks 25 years of operating this busy state highway safely in difficult conditions. More

Driving to Milford Sound? Tips for a safe and enjoyable trip More


How long does it take to get to Milford Sound from Te Anau or Queenstown?If you drive without stopping it takes at least two hours to get from Te Anau to Milford Sound (120 km) and six to seven hours from Queenstown to Milford Sound (300km).

Why is Milford Road so important? Milford Road on SH94 provides the only road access to one of New Zealand�s major tourist attractions � Milford Sound. It is also one of the highest highways in New Zealand, with the highest point of the road reaching 940 metres above sea level. More