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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. 

Premium Milford Sound Full Day Tour & Cruise

3. 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 Tour and Cruise with Lunch

4. 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

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Monkey Creek

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(475 reviews)

It was an awesome day, our guide Murray was very friendly and gave us lots of commentary of the history, flora-fauna and topography of the drove into Milford Sound, the van was very comfortable and spacious and the muffin for morning tea was very nice touch. Thanks to Luxe Tours for giving us an awesome adventure into Milford Sound and return to our accomadation in Te Anau.

From the outset the trip went off without a hitch. Our guide - Shalandra was in control so that all present followed the rules and enabled schedules to be maintained. His sense of humour also helped events along. The packed lunch was up to standard, as was the coach comfort. We would certainly recommend GYG to anyone wanting to undertake a trip of this nature! Best wishes!

The tour is very good, I think it’s the best one leaving Queenstown to Milford. However, I think this region is so stunning that is more worth seeing by car, stopping slowly. If you really can't rent a car, take the tour :)

Murray was excellent! It was a wonderful experience start to finish - smooth pickup, comfortable transport, informative and beautiful tour. Would highly recommend

A life changing experience. Gregg our guide was excellent, informative and fun.