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The historic Mitre Peak Lodge provides accommodations only to members of guided Milford Track parties. The hotel dates from 1891, when Elizabeth Sutherland (wife of the sound's first settler) established a 12-room boardinghouse to accommodate seamen who called into the sound. The Milford Sound Lodge, St. Hwy. 94 (Private Bag, Te Anau), Milford Sound (www.milfordlodge.com; tel. 03/249-8071), is the only land-based lodge in Milford Sound and it is basic, no-frills, and generally filled with young backpackers, but the complex is set in splendid surroundings and was refurbished in 2007. Four riverside chalets allowing a little more privacy are the best option here. Rates are NZ$30 dorm bed, NZ$80 to NZ$90 double, and NZ$255 to NZ$275 chalet; campervan and tent sites available.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.