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From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour with Lunch

In the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is known as one of New Zealand’s top scenic attractions. On this day tour from Queenstown, jump on board an air-conditioned coach and be entertained with commentary from your driver/guide. After passing through the 1.2-kilometer-long Homer Tunnel, descend into Milford Sound. Here you will board your boat to cruise along the fjord. Take in the famous sights, like the uniquely-shaped Mitre Peak and the glacier-scarred rock. Keep an eye out for marine life like dolphins, seals, and penguins too. The fjord is dotted with waterfalls that tumble through the valleys and crash into the sound far below, making the scenery in Milford Sound spectacular, rain or shine. Once you have finished your cruise you will board your luxury coach again and make the journey back to Queenstown.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip

2. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip

Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 1hr 45min nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s deep blue waters. Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your skipper in the open wheelhouse. Get within touching distance of impressive glaciar-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown. 

Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

3. Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

Join a guided day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau to the world-renowned Milford Sound: the crowning glory of Fiordland. Highlights of the drive will include Lake Wakatipu, the Devil’s Staircase, the truly majestic mountains of Fiordland, Mirror Lake, and Homer Tunnel. Enjoy multiple stops along the way for photo opportunities and to spot the Kea bird. Travel through the mind-blowing Homer Tunnel, emerging as the valley descends sharply down to Milford Sound, with its hundreds of waterfalls cascading into the crystal clear waters beneath. At Milford Sound, take an intimate cruise on a smaller boat that gets right up close to nature and wildlife. Onboard your cruise you will have up-close views of thousands of waterfalls, Mitre Peak, as well as local wildlife, providing you with hundreds of amazing photo opportunities along the way. Following your cruise you will begin the return journey back to Queenstown, stopping again in Te Anau for a quick break. At the end of the day, your guide will drop you back to your Queenstown accommodation, or you can opt to upgrade to a scenic, one-way flight back from Milford instead. Choose this option for the ultimate view over the mountains and region during your return journey.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour with Cruise and Lunch

4. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour with Cruise and Lunch

Take a guided tour by comfortable minibus to explore the natural beauty of Milford Sound and the surrounding area. Your tour includes a sightseeing cruise, a picnic lunch, and plenty of scenic stops along the way. Meet your guide in Te Anau and drive along the lakeside, making a stop at Te Anau Downs to soak in the scenery. Enter the Fiordland National Park and visit Eglinton Valley, to admire the landscape carved by an ancient glacier. Continue to Mirror Lakes and see the Earl Mountains reflected in these clear waters. Relax and take photos by Lake Gunn, before continuing towards Hollyford River. Pass the waterfall at Falls Creek as you head higher into the Darran Mountains, stopping at viewpoints along the way. Keep a look out for local wildlife, including kea, the world’s largest alpine parrot. Enter Homer Tunnel and learn this history of this hand-built tunnel, before arriving at Milford Sound. Board the boat for a sightseeing cruise and see impressive views of Mitre Peak. Back on dry land, take a bush walk through The Chasm and snap photos at Pop's View Lookout, on the return journey to Te Anau.

Premium Milford Sound Full Day Tour & Cruise

5. Premium Milford Sound Full Day Tour & Cruise

Departing from Te Anau, enjoy a leisurely drive along the Milford Road taking in multiple famous photo & nature stops, but also locations off the beaten track with your local and expert guides who know spots that some don't. Key stops include: 1) Te Anau Downs 2) Eglinton Valley 3) Mirror Lakes 4) Knobs Flat 5) Lake Gunn 6) Hollyford Valley 7) Marian Falls & Walk 8) Falls Creek 9) Monkey Creek + four others more locally know and special. Your Luxe Coach has 12 seats in total, however we only take 9 guests to ensure even more space & comfort, as well as being guaranteed to sit with your partner. The brand new 2023 coach for Milford Sound has leather bucket seats with good leg room, small storage space above and large storage space in the rear, high-performance air conditioning & heating for all weather, tray tables & usb charging and atmosphere lighting. We also carry several safety systems including live weather tracking, satellite messaging, first aid and phones. Your two-hour Milford Sound cruise is run by our cruise partner, RealNZ, on one of their more private and comfortable boats - the Milford Haven. Seating for Luxe Tours guests is exclusive to us and in a premium spot. Space surrounds the boat and on top with a 360o viewing deck to take in all the stunning waterfalls and interactions with wildlife. Inclusions of note: - Morning Cafe Snack - Plant-based, sustainable water bottle with unlimited chilled water throughout the day. - A couple of other treats and surprises. Departing at 8:45am and returning by 5:45pm - Book now to enjoy your Milford Sound Day Tour in the areas newest coach and most comfortable seating.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Day Trip with Cruise & Flight

6. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Day Trip with Cruise & Flight

Departing from Queenstown, you’ll travel to Milford Sound in a comfortable, modern Mercedes van with panoramic windows for superior viewing, as your driver shares their extensive knowledge of the area along the picturesque Milford Road. Along the drive you’ll see local points of beauty such as Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat and the famous Eglington Valley. This is followed by your 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound. Sit back and relax as your cruise makes its way out into Milford Sound past the iconic Mitre Peak. We’ll sail the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, with informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. You’ll see towering peaks, sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest. Feel the spray of Fairy Falls and listen to the sound of nature thriving in its habitat. We also take you out into the Tasman Sea so you can enjoy the unique opportunity of approaching the fiord just as the first sealers did way back in the 18th century. Be sure to keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region. Keep warm with complimentary tea and coffee in the lounge and take in the scenery through expansive windows. Or venture onto the spacious outdoor viewing decks to breathe in the pristine alpine air. Either way, you will be inspired by the majesty of the region. Complete your journey with an epic birds-eye view of this untouched region as you fly back. Scenic flights from Milford Sound are nothing short of spectacular! Fly over snowcapped mountain ranges, tumbling waterfalls and sparkling lakes including the breathtaking and incredibly blue Lake Wakatipu upon landing in Queenstown.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Tour and Cruise with Lunch

7. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Tour and Cruise with Lunch

Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous destination. Experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory on this full-day return tour from Queenstown. Leaving Queenstown around 7:40 AM, travel in comfort along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland to Lake Te Anau. After a morning tea stop (at your own expense), head into Fiordland National Park. See the picturesque Eglinton Valley and take advantage of the photo opportunities.  At Milford Sound, board a 1-hour 45-minute cruise to explore the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea. Enjoy the boutique small boat cruise and experience Milford Sound with informative onboard commentary from your skipper.  Enjoy a picnic lunch at your leisure and board your coach to take you back to Queenstown returning at 8pm.

Te Anau: Full-Day National Park Tour with Cruise and Lunch

8. Te Anau: Full-Day National Park Tour with Cruise and Lunch

Experience the rugged beauty of Fiordland National Park, a region rich with dense native bush, lakes, and waterfalls cascading from mountain peaks. Soak in the stunning views through the glass ceiling on your luxury coach as you pass through the Eglinton Valley with its ancient alpine forest and the famous Mirror Lakes. Head to Upper Hollyford Valley and pass the stunning Christie Falls. Depart through the Homer Tunnel and enter the breathtaking Cleddau Valley. From here, descend into Milford Sound and board a scenic boat cruise. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch as you cruise along the fiord, keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals, penguins, and other marine life. See natural wonders like Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls rising 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from valleys high above. After your Milford Sound cruise, your guide will be waiting to drive you back to Te Anau, arriving late afternoon.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Scenic Drive

9. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Scenic Drive

Departing from Queenstown, your knowledgeable driver will pick you up in style with our Mercedes van fully equipped with panoramic windows for superior viewing. We will provide you with complimentary wifi, bottled water and videos onboard so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Our drivers have extensive knowledge of Milford Sound and the surrounding area and will provide informative commentary on the points of interest along one of the world’s most picturesque drives – The Milford Road. Before enjoying a 2-hour cruise aboard one of our specially designed small boats in Milford Sound. Sit back and relax as you cruise the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, while our skipper highlights points of interest along the way, including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. We go further and get you closer than any other operator in Milford Sound. Keep an eye out for local wildlife that can be found in the fiord, with New Zealand fur seals and dolphins spotted regularly, while occasionally the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin makes an appearance when in season. During the return journey, you will stop for some great photo opportunities along the way.

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What people are saying about Mirror Lakes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 654 reviews

While our flight was canceled from Milford back to Queenstown, Chelsea did a great job of commentary and information

The scenery is so breath taking. The transport was really good with see through rooftopand guide gave commentary.

great! The driver is very humorous, the staff on the boat are very friendly, and the scenery is really beautiful!

Highly recommended Loved every bit of this - thank you to Greg our coach driver and guide

Excellent, this is a MUST DO activity in Queenstown.