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The Best Photo Spot in Milford Sound: The Milford Sound Swing

The Best Photo Spot in Milford Sound: The Milford Sound Swing

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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 to find it.

Finally, I found it, but wow during high tide this place really is hard to find!

After getting there though, it was clear why the swing was so popular as the view of Milford Sound 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!

The Story Behind the Milford Swing

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

While in Milford on a Milford Sound boat cruise 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!

Related read: The Milford Swing is one of the best things to do in Milford Sound! Also, it is one of the activities you can also do in Milford in the winter months!

So where exactly is the Milford Sound Swing?

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

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!

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 Milford Sound 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

Best time to visit the Milford Sound swing

The best time to visit the Milford Swing is at sunset! Not only are there very few visitors at this time but the sun sets right in front of the swing! Of course, if you want to see the Milford Swing at sunset then its best to stay in Te Anau. Te Anau is the closest town to Milford Sound leaving you plenty of time to enjoy Milford Sound at its quietest!

You can browse accomodation in Te Anau here!

Before you go…

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 – it’s one of the best things to do in Milford!

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!

Related Read:   ULTIMATE Guide for Traveling from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Keep Reading

We have several other blogs on the Milford Sound area and New Zealand. Our blogs include lots of information for fellow travelers, great tips and tricks, and photos to help inspire your travels! Some you may like are:

  • Te Anua to Milford Sound – Want to know the best places to stop on your way to Milford Sound? Then check out this post before you go!
  • Where to stay in Queenstown – Picking the right place to stay in Queenstown can be hard. But don’t worry because in our where to stay in Queenstown post we outline all the different areas to stay in Queenston and there pros and cons!


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