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Milford Sound: Coach and Cruise Day Trip From Queenstown

1. Milford Sound: Coach and Cruise Day Trip From Queenstown

Travel to Milford Sound for an extended nature cruise on a day trip from Queenstown. Experience one of the most beautiful drives in the world in the comfort of a state-of-the-art coach. After meeting at a central location in Queenstown, you'll board the luxury coach and journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu into rolling countryside through to Te Anau. Take a short break, then continue along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road. Enjoy photo stops and short walks along the way. Relax on an extended nature cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls and mountains along the way. A specialist nature guide will provide live informative commentary. You can also bring your own lunch or purchase snacks and drinks (cash only) on-board. Following the cruise, board the coach for your return journey to Queenstown that allows for bathroom breaks. Be dropped off back in Queenstown at around 7:45 PM.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach Tour and Cruise

2. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach Tour and Cruise

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 in order to fully admire the true wilderness and grand vistas 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.

From Te Anau: Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour

3. From Te Anau: Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour

Get away from the overcrowded buses, long lines, and obstructed views, and enjoy a small-group tour to discover New Zealand's renowned Milford Sound.  Combining premium travel in a Mercedes with a fantastic scenic nature cruise, a picnic lunch (optional), and loads of off-the-beaten-track visits to stunning locations is a great way to discover Milford Sound.  Travel to Milford in style in a luxury Mercedes van fully equipped with Wi-Fi, bottled water, and large viewing windows for taking in the amazing sights. Enjoy plenty of stops along the way.  Upon arrival to Milford, take a scenic 2-hour nature cruise along the fjord, where you can lap up the spectacular sights and go under waterfalls.  Allow your local guide to provide informative commentary while you absorb the lush surrounding scenery and spectacular views. You'll see everything from cascading waterfalls, mirrored lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains to fascinating fur seals and dolphins. There is even a stop at a native beech forest where you can take a stroll. This experience is topped off with a delicious picnic lunch, which can be enjoyed on the cruise while soaking up the views before traveling back to Te Anau.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walk

4. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walk

Discover the incredible scenery, wildlife, and nature of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park on a day trip with an experienced nature guide. Take a boat cruise on the Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, tuck into a packed picnic lunch, and enjoy short walks through the untamed wilderness of the park. From Te Anau, travel along the spectacular Milford Road with experienced nature guides who share their stories, knowledge, and passion for the area. Upon reaching Milford Sound, join a nature cruise to the Tasman Sea. Enjoy plenty of time to view waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and wildlife. After the cruise, set off on a series of enjoyable walks with scenic stops in a range of different environments within the National Park. Enjoy access to Hollyford Valley, Lake Gunn, and the Marian Gantry. Step into the ancient native forest and witness this World Heritage area at its best.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Day Trip

5. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Day Trip

Discover Milford Sound on an 8-hour adventure with round-trip transport from Te Anau and a 2-hour cruise through the fiord. If you are looking to explore both Milford and Doubtful Sounds, it is worth staying one or two nights in Te Anau. There is plenty to do plus you will save yourself the long journeys to and from Queenstown. At Milford Sound, climb aboard the leisurely nature cruise for an informative, interactive, and relaxed experience. A specialist guide will provide live informative commentary and you can admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls, and mountains. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise — you may bring your own lunch or purchase snacks and drinks (cash only) on the vessel. Be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit; the landscape is especially dramatic when it rains in Fiordland. Enjoy the spectacular views from a dry, comfortable vantage point on board the vessel. Following the cruise, immediately board the luxury coach for the return journey to Te Anau, arriving between 4:30 PM and 5:45 PM, depending on the season.

Fiordland: Jet Boat & Nature Walk Experience from Te Anau

6. Fiordland: Jet Boat & Nature Walk Experience from Te Anau

Begin your adventure in the heart of Te Anau, a short walk from most accommodation. After check-in, rest at a picnic table to enjoy free WiFi and a charging station to make sure all your devices are good to go. Hop on the bus for a short ride through local farmland to the Queen's Reach boat launch on the Waiau River.  Gear up with spray jackets and life vests before an exhilarating ride down the Waiau River. Lined by ancient beech tree forest this river is featured in The Lord of the Rings as the Anduin River. Contrast high-speed spins with pauses along the river in some amazingly tranquil places. Spot some trout in the crystal-clear water and have time to take plenty of photos. Learn about the area's unique environment and fascinating history from your knowledgeable local guide. Emerge onto the breath-taking Lake Manapouri, surrounded by glacier-carved mountains. Experience a sense of wonderment as you sit in awe of their beauty and grandeur. Go ashore to explore the ancient surrounds on a short walk.

Te Anau: 30-Minute Fiordland National Park Scenic Flight

7. Te Anau: 30-Minute Fiordland National Park Scenic Flight

Sample the grandeur of the Fiordland scenery. This scenic helicopter flight is a short adventure into the untamed Kepler Mountains. You can see what lies beyond the Te Anau horizon, with a Te Anau helicopter scenic flight a must-do experience when visiting the area. Views of both the Kepler Track Great Walk and the Hidden Lakes will be spread out before you. You can fly over the local's backyard of the lower Kepler mountains, and can also receive a bird's eye view of the rural basin of Te Anau from a helicopter. During your tour, you will also make a landing at a mountain tarn so you can enjoy the vista and ruggedness of the Main Divide and breathe the crisp pure air of Fiordland.

Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

8. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

Your tour will begin when you arrive at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau 5, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard “Faith”. You'll then receive a personalized briefing about safety onboard the ship and what to expect during the cruise.  Once onboard, you’ll be free to roam around and your crew will offer you a drink and a chat during the 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf. During this time, you’ll learn about the history of your cruise ship, the vessel’s journey from Scotland in the 1980s and its Royal Navy service during WW2. Upon arrival at the Hidden Lakes, experience a guided walking tour of Fiordland National Park of roughly 45 minutes, and learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the wharf, enjoy a selection of canapés and desserts in the calm of the cove. Finally, sit back and enjoy the journey home or visit the engine room to take a turn behind the wheel.

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

9. 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 a glass ceiling 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.

Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Te Anau

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4.8 / 5

based on 326 reviews

We fell in love with Milford Sound the second we arrived! I could go there every day of my life and be amazed by everything surrounding me every single time! And with Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour this experience was so much more amazing! Our guide, Jamie, welcomed us and gave such an amazing experience with all his knowledge about this place and everything in it that we just loved it even more! The cruise was astounding and it felt really personal, despite being for dozens of people! We felt that everyone on the cruise loved everything! It was one of the best experiences of my life!!

Milford sound itself is overhyped, comparing to other beautiful places we have been. The 45 mins drive way from Queenstown to Glenorchy is more scenic than Milford in our opinion. Nevertheless, our tour guide Mark from cheeky kiwi made our day. His knowledge in geology and environmental science plus his unique sense of humour energised our more than 4 hours drive to the Milford sound cruise point.

Boat captain very friendly and experience. Good skill in Jet driving. Did lots of jet turnings to cheer all of us. Perfect. Highly recommended.

A wonderful experience and although it was raining the scenery was breathtaking with all the many waterfalls that were formed.

Well worthy of visiting in any day with any kind of weather! Such an amazing place, with great views along the way.