The Best Photo (Secret) Spot in Milford Sound: The Milford Sound Swing

Milford Sound Swing

The Milford Sound Swing

The Milford Sound Swing is a rather new attraction in Milford Sound and therefore not many people know about it. However, in recent times, its popularity has begun to grow, largely due to the huge influence of Instagram. In the past few months, many popular Instagrammer’s have visited the swing and taken the beautiful shot of Milford sound while swinging on the Milford Swing.

I too first saw the swing on Instagram and when I visited Milford Sound kept a close eye out for it. Unfortunately, it was harder to find than I thought and it took a little more than a simple walk around. Finally, I found it, during high tide this place really is hard to find!

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After getting there though, it was clear why the swing was so popular as the view of Milford from the Swing is one of the best in the bay. For that reason, I decided to write a post to help people find the swing for themselves and hopefully get the best seat in the house….literally!

Milford Sound Swing
Bailey having a great time on the swing!

The story behind the swing

While in Milford Sound I decided to find out a little info about the swing. As it turns out the swing was built by one of the workers in the camp at Milford Sound. The guy who built it did so for his girlfriend. What you may not be aware of is that the swing is actually built for two!

When I spoke to some of the locals they asked how I had heard about the swing. I explained about the few Instagramers that shared amazing photos of the swing. Apparently, Instagram photos have now snowballed the swing to stardom!

Milford Sound Swing
It really is a swing made for two!

So where exactly is the Milford Sound Swing?

The best way to explain it is through both photos and instructions that will point you in the right direction and out to the swing.

During high tide, the below instructions are the only way to get to it without getting wet. However, during low tide, you can walk out to the Milford Sound Swing from the carpark.

Step 1. The first step to finding the swing is to find the Milford Sound Forest Walk. This short trail begins from the carpark and is easy to find. Simply face the water and walk to your left. Here you will find picnic tables and a small grassed area. If you keep walking the path turns into the Forest Walk. There is a sign so you will know that you are in the right spot!

Milford Sound Swing
The views are amazing!
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Step 2. As you walk along the Forest Walk you will eventually cross a bridge. Once you have crossed the bridge it is important to keep walking around the trail and stick to the right (or water side) of the trail once you reach the fork in the road.

Shortly after the bridge and the fork in the road, you will see a small clearing that leads to a small sandy area. From here you will be able to see the swing if you look out to the small sandy peninsula (it will be on your right side). You will be seeing the swing from the front.

Step 3. Walk out onto the sandy beach area and follow it around to your right until you reach the swing. During high tide, the water can go right up to the bush line meaning you may need to walk through some shrubs around to the back of the swing. I opted to instead walk through the water as I had hiking boots on.

Milford Sound Swing Map
If my explanation is too confusing this map might help! Map photo from the app MAPS.ME

If you plan on visiting Milford Sound (which you should, it’s spectacular) then a visit to the Milford Swing is a must. Whether you love photography or just want to enjoy the most beautiful swing in the world then I highly advise not missing it!

I hope this short post has helped you find the Milford Swing and please share your photos and thoughts of the Milford Sound swing with us in the comments below or via our social media channels. We really love hearing about our reader’s adventures and connecting with like-minded people!

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Where to next?

Lucky for you we have several other blogs on the Milford Sound and New Zealand. Our blogs include lots of information for fellow travellers, great tips and tricks, and photos to help inspire your travels!

For a guide to the Scenic drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound, click here!

For a guide to the Milford Sound Boat cruise click here!

For more on New Zealand click here!

-Daniel

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