Climbing through the Southern Alps, State Highway 94, is one of the highest and most scenic state highways in New Zealand with the highest part at 940 metres above sea level. The Milford Road, part of SH94, takes you from Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, touted to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Driving the Milford road is an exhilarating experience, great care should be taken when doing it in the winter season, as these high mountain roads are prone to avalanches and the road are often closed in snow conditions thus making the carrying of snow chains a mandatory requirement during this time.
Check out road status of SH94 before heading out https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh94-milford-road/road-status/
One of the most memorable part of this journey is going through the Homer Tunnel. It stretches for 1 . 2km long. During the popular summer months, it operates one way with traffic lights outside the tunnel. During NZ winter season, the traffic lights don’t operate and it becomes 2-way. If you are driving your campervan, go slow and keep left, always looking out for coaches coming from the opposite side.
Outside Homer Tunnel during winter
The most incredible thing is that campervanners can stay along the Milford Road (between Te Anau and The Divide) at DOC camping area.
Spending your night among picturesque spots beside bush, rivers and lakes, often with opportunities for bush walks or trout fishing nearby.