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From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

From $140.76 per person

Be whisked to Milford Sound by comfortable, premium coach for a 2-hour nature cruise including a delicious picnic lunch. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, informative commentary, and photo stops before sailing close to the fiord's waterfalls on the cruise.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
• Pickup and drop-off is available from selected central Queenstown hotels by prior arrangement • The local operator will confirm your pickup details after booking • Your pickup time may be different than the tour start time

Experience

Itinerary
4 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Eglinton Valley (photo stop)

  • 5 minutes
  • Mirror Lakes (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 2 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 2 hours
  • Queenstown

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Drive along the magnificent Milford Road by coach
  • Discover some of the best short walks and photo stops along the way
  • Cruise beneath the waterfalls of Milford Sound and look for native wildlife
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, freshly prepared by the on-board chefs
Full description
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 2-hour 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 glacially-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 glacially-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.  Sample itinerary: 7:00 AM depart Queenstown (hotel pick-ups on way out of town) 9:30 AM arrive Te Anau for short café stop  10:00 AM depart Te Anau, there will be about three stops on the Milford Road (time permitting)  12:40 PM arrive Milford Sound Visitor Terminal 1:15 PM depart on 2-hour nature cruise 3:00 PM arrive Milford terminal and reboard coach 5:00 PM arrive Te Anau for short café stop  5:30 PM depart Te Anau 7:30 PM arrive Queenstown Note timings are approximate and depend on traffic conditions.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected locations
  • Transportation by coach
  • USB charging ports on coach
  • English commentary
  • 2-hour Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    • Meet at the Queenstown Visitor Centre

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • Headset commentary is available onboard the coach in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French and German
    • Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability
    • It is an approximate 5-hour drive each way from Queenstown. Scenic flights are available on request for the return journey, weather permitting
    • In the interest of your safety, the local operator may cancel the activity at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or maintenance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 339 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    We had a wonderful time in the Milford Sound bus tour and cruise with Southern Discoveries. Even though it was raining, our guide and driver, Brad, made sure we stopped for photos along the drive and kept us entertained with useful and interesting knowledge about the area. Due to high winds,however, we had to turn back from going on the cruise around the Milford Sound. Our guide was sincerely apologetic about the cancellation and I reckon he felt worse than we did! So we re-booked to go on the tour again the next day (complimentary passes) to a lovely clear day and were thoroughly mesmerized by the scenery of the road trip to the Sound and the Sound itself! It was 2 tours for the price of 1! We truly live in God's country and many thanks to Brad for sharing his inexhaustible knowledge and genuine love of the South Island with us. His recommendations on eateries and places to visit was also spot on. We will certainly be back! Thank you very much for making our trip so memorable!

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    August 16, 2021

    This was such a good trip! It was a long day, but well worth it. Great value for money and an excellent way to see Milford Sound. The coach trip there was fun and informative with amazing stop-offs for photos. Our guide Greg was friendly and funny. The cruise was amazing. The lunch was really good and tailored to to gluten and dairy intolerances.

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    July 2, 2021

    The coach was clean and driver friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. It was a long day though. Met and on our way from Queenstown at 0630, with breakfast stop at a horrifying little cafe with deer antlers and bones everywhere (not everyone thinks hunting is okay) and a few other stops, cruise at 1315 hours for two hours, then back to Queenstown by 1900 hours. We had beautiful weather. I think I would rather stay closer to Milford Sound and drive myself if I did this again.

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    June 14, 2021

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