Day trip

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

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

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

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

From US$ 131.21 per person

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

About this activity

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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
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 partner will confirm your pickup details after booking. Your pickup time may be different than the tour start time.


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
  • 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 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. 

  • 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 are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent

    Know before you go

    • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the activity provider. Please bring your own as without this you may be turned away and unable to travel
    • 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 activity provider may cancel the activity at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or maintenance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 431 reviews

    Review summary

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    Milford Sound is indeed one of the must visit place in NZ. The cruise experience gives you the 360 degree view of milford sound. Brad our tour guide is very entertaining and knowledgable of the place and its history. I will definitely come back to this place if ever I will get the chance and take a long vacation again :) I visited this place during Winter Season, so some of the mountains during the trip is covered with snow which made the trip totally amazing!!!

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    July 10, 2022

    Brad was a wonderful and entertaining guide! The drive to Milford Sounds and photo stops were breathtaking, especially Monkey Creek (hadn’t heard of this beautiful place before!). The bus was pretty full, however, the seats were relaxing and there was plenty of space for everyone to store their belongings and to sit comfortably. The boat cruise and lunch picnic was average, we would’ve liked to have a hot lunch and to spend more time on the water exploring Milford Sound! All in all it was a wonderful day even my 3yo enjoyed this trip.

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    July 8, 2022

    Travelling from Perth Australia to experience Milford Sound it was amazing. I’ve forgot to ask the driver’s name whose taking us to Milford (on 23/06/22) as he is also our tour guide. Very friendly guy, he gave us history and informative talks. We really appreciate his work because he is outstanding. Please pass our message to him to say thank you so much. The scenery, photo spots and cruise are remarkable. Coffee/tea, foods are provided when you are in the cruise. Highly recommended!

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    June 24, 2022

    Product ID: 105404