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Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

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Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

I have read that it's more advisable to go on a tour bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound in September (Winter). Would month end be a better bet for weather conditions? Or is going on a tour box a better option?

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1. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

Take a tour, you're probably driving a lot already. Relax and enjoy the scenery whilst someone else does the hard work.

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2. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

I would definately recommend a coach tour as the time you are going is still in Avalanche season and the coach will stop at all the attractions along the way.

Relax and enjoy the ride.

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3. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

Avalanche season runs until the end of October! Take the tour.

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4. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

Thank you, all for the advice!!

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5. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

Bookmark this page for the latest updates on the Milford Road.

https:/…

At the moment the avalanche danger is low and the road is open.

Conditions can change very quickly, so it pays to check the status before setting out. ,

Edited: 03 September 2018, 11:51
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6. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

Going in Late November, any chance of avalanche?

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7. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

Not much at all. November should be fine to drive.

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8. Re: Self Drive or Tour Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound - 28Sep

I would rent the car. Allow a lot of time, you can drive as slowly as you want and make as many stops as you want. There are beautiful views and a lot to see in the way to Milford Sound. We reserved 2,5 hours from Te Anau to Milford and we were about 25 mins too early. But we had a good luck in the tunnel, only 5 min waiting. Many cars drive slower than we did.

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