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Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

1. Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a fun and leisurely day trip to admire the glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops of the world-famous fiord at Milford Sound. Start with pickup for the bus journey to Te Anau. Your driver will share their local knowledge as you stop along the way to see spectacular scenery. Marvel at views of waterfalls, wildlife, and the rainforest. Soak up the sights from any of the three indoor and outdoor viewing decks during your cruise and join your jovial crew at the bow as you nose close to Stirling Falls to feel the spray from some of the world's freshest water.  Benefit from complimentary tea service is available for the entire cruise and, snacks cakes and drinks can be purchased from onboard cafe / bar.

Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

2. Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.  Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau. At the entry to the caves, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you head underground. On the tour of the caves, your friendly guide will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history. This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. The caves are 12,000 years old which by geological standards is still very young and they are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Day Trip

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

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-coach. Board the luxury glass-roof coach in Queenstown and journey along the shores of Lake Whakatipu into rolling countryside through to Te Anau. Here we take a short rest stop at a cafe before continuing along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road. Enjoy spectacular photo stops and short walks along the way. Relax on the 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls and mountains. Our experienced skippers tailor each Milford Sound cruise, considering the weather and recent wildlife sightings, ensuring you'll see the best Milford Sound has to offer. Specialist nature guides will provide live informative commentary.Our vessels have large windows, spacious decks and offer uninterrupted views of the dramatic Fiordland landscape. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces.  You can bring your own lunch or purchase delicious locally curated dishes, wines, craft beer and barista coffees on-board. Following the cruise, board the coach for your return journey to Queenstown.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Cruise and Coach Day Trip

4. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Cruise and Coach 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 the lovely area of Te Anau. Experience one of the most beautiful drives in the world along the Milford Road in the comfort of our glass roof coach. Enjoy photo stops and short walks on the journey into Milford. Cruise along the Fiord to the Tasman Sea onboard our purpose built Fiordland vessel for an interactive and relaxed adventure. A specialist guide will provide live informative commentary and you can admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls, and mountains. You may bring your own lunch or purchase delicious locally sourced food and beverages on-board. Our vessels have large windows, spacious decks and offer uninterrupted views of the dramatic Fiordland landscape. Following the cruise, immediately board the luxury coach for the return journey to Te Anau. 

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach Tour and Cruise

5. 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 a spacious catamaran for a spectacualr scenic cruise. Enjoy a picnic on board while you take in the scenery from a different perspective.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour with Lunch

6. 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

7. 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. 

Milford Sound: Small-Group Tour from Te Anau

8. Milford Sound: Small-Group Tour from Te Anau

Travel from Te Anau alongside New Zealand's largest lake and into glacier-carved valleys before reaching Milford Sound on this full-day tour. Enjoy live commentary with lots of information and scenic stops along the way. Take in the best parts of Fiordland, the largest National Park in New Zealand. Ride in comfort in a small coach with plenty of legroom. Be on the lookout for a wide variety of native birds en- route. Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound to see seals, dolphins, and Fiordland crested penguins. Learn about the geology of the fiord from commentary provided in English. Marvel at the towering mountains and numerous waterfalls.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walks

9. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walks

Discover the incredible scenery, wildlife, and nature of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park on a full-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 wilderness areas of this beautiful park. From Te Anau, travel along the spectacular Milford Road with experienced nature guides who love to share their stories, knowledge, and passion for the area. Upon reaching Milford Sound, join a nature cruise to the Tasman Sea. As you cruise the fiord, there is plenty of time to view the waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and marine wildlife. After the cruise, set off on a series of walks and 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.

Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

10. Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Discover New Zealand's renowned Milford Sound on this small group tour from Queenstown with an award-winning tour operator. Departing from Queenstown, this tour offers an escape from the crowds and gets you up close and personal with Fiordland's iconic scenery. Travel along the famed Milford Road in a premium Mercedes van, limited to just 16 passengers, hosted by a friendly local guide, and cruise below the towering peaks of the fjord on a 2-hour nature cruise. You will start the day picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Queenstown or central meeting points along the route. After a scenic drive through Southland farming country to Te Anau, we enter the Fiordland National Park and the famous Milford Road. Enjoy plenty of stops along the way, taking in the views and meeting the local cheeky Kea bird. Once in Milford Sound, board a boat for a 2-hour cruise along the fjord, where you can feast your eyes on the spectacular sights and go under waterfalls. Allow your local guide to provide you with informative commentary while you absorb the views of the lush surroundings. Along the way, you'll see everything from cascading waterfalls, mirrored lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains to fur seals and dolphins.  After your cruise, rejoin the van to commence the return journey to Queenstown. Sit back, relax, and take in the views. Once back in Queenstown, you will be dropped back off at the same point where you met the van.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Sebastian, our guide, was fantastic! He had a good sense of humour, and gave us lots of information along the drive. A good amount of stops along the way, with beautiful scenery as we approached Milford Sound! The coach picked me up from outside the Crowne Plaza in Queenstown at 6.45am, and we arrived at Milford Sound at 11.45am in time for our 12pm cruise. The coach seats are comfy and recline, there's no WiFi. The boat journey was fantastic, I recommend sitting on the top deck! Note, it gets very very windy! The captain, again, was informative and funny! The staff on board were VERY friendly! The food options are a meat/veggie pie, crisps, biscuits, a piece of fruit. The vegan option is a vegan sausage roll. There is other food available (about $10 for a sandwich). There is free tea/coffee/hot choc/etc (machine is turned off after the waterfall close-up). The coach returns at about 6.30pm. Overall, a fantastic, well-organised experience! With BEAUTIFUL views of the Fiord.

A super day!! Great weather spectacular destination and beautiful stops on the way - all you can get on any tour but what made our tour so successful was the fast responses by Ray the owner of Fiordland Tours and above all Karlyn our driver - a wonderful entertainer who knows and loves the beautiful place we visited and who made our day extra special and memorable - thank you!!

Everything was perfect, 👌 unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate, but as we all know, you can't choose. 😉😉

Fabulous and the experience was better because of our guide/ driver Karlyn

The guide / driver was so lovely gave loads of information