Day trip

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Small Group Bus Tour and Cruise

4.9 / 5

49 reviews

Activity provider: Pure Milford

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Small Group Bus Tour and Cruise

Activity provider: Pure Milford
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From US$ 91.11 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy a leisurely trip through the Fiordland National Park with unique photo stops and short nature walks. Experience a 2-hour scenic cruise in Milford Sound aboard a unique glass roof vessel with lunch also included.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Learn about the wonders of the Fiordland National Park from experienced local guides
  • Enjoy multiple scenic stops for stunning photos throughout the day
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on board a luxurious glass roof catamaran while you marvel at the stunning scenery
Full description

Start your day in central Te Anau as you board a modern tour bus and begin to explore Fiordland's stunning natural beauty. Knowledgeable local guides will share everything their homeland has to offer through informative commentary, scenic photo stops, and short nature walks. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, and take in the spectacular scenery as mountains plunge into the deep waters of the Fiord. Ancient rainforests give way to towering waterfalls dropping from hanging valleys sparkling into the ocean below. 

Milford Sound is abundant with unique birds and wildlife. See seals lounging on the rocks and playing in the shallows. On occasion dolphins, whales, and the very rare Fiordland Crested Penguin visit the sounds providing privileged photo opportunities. 

Enjoy the fantastic scenery and nature walks without large crowds in order to fully admire the true wilderness and grand scenery of Fiordland National Park. Hop on board Milford Sound's only premium glass roof catamaran for a 2-hour scenic cruise. Enjoy a picnic on board while you take in the scenery from a different perspective.

  • Pickup and drop-off from central Te Anau
  • 2-hour premium glass roof catamaran cruise at Milford Sound
  • Live English commentary from experienced drivers and skippers
  • Scenic photo stops and short walks in the Fiordland National Park
  • Picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea and hot water on board the cruise
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • Masks are optional for this activity
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
    • All participants who are over 12 years and 3 months old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Meeting point

    Pickup is from Kiwi Country/Hollyford Cafe, Central Te Anau at 10:15 AM.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Rain gear
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Insect repellent

    Know before you go

    • The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is about 3 hours including stops
    • Infants (4 and under) are free of charge but will be allocated their own seat
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 49 reviews

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    Our tour guide Frank was a legend! The bus arrived right on time. It wasn't one of those big tourist buses with 50+ seats which was very nice as our group count was only around 25 to 30 people. Frank told us lots of very interesting stuff about the nature you come across on your journey to Milford Sound! All other groups boarded big boats with heaps of people. We were the only one to get on to a smaller catamaran which felt way more special and private. Surprising how much stuff was included in the lunch box (sweet as well as savory). Very friendly staff on board too! Would really recommend that cruise, especially for the price!

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    March 9, 2020

    Firstly I was hoping a small group tour was maybe 20 not 40! Also the lunch box that was provided was nice food but to be told to sit in terminal and eat it before boarding cruise ship was a little average There was good commentary by our guide -although he didn’t go on board with us

    February 28, 2020

    This was an amazing trip! Simon our driver and font of knowledge about the area's geology, wildlife and history just added to the experience. Despite the heavy rain the views of so many waterfalls both on the way to Milford sound,as well as on the cruise made it even more spectacular.

    February 27, 2020

    Product ID: 188574