5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

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  • Location:Te Anau, New Zealand
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

Cruise Milford Sound from Te Anau during a full-day tour to UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. You’ll access this crown jewel of New Zealand’s South Island by luxury coach, stopping en route at the Mirror Lakes before boarding the ‘Pride of Milford’ cruise boat for a 1.5-hour journey past waterfalls and steep-walled pinnacles such as famous Mitre Peak.


  • Visit the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park and see the beauty of Milford Sound on this full-day tour from Te Anau
  • See stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes
  • View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound. It rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.
  • Experience The Chasm on a short but impressive walk over footbridges and see a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids

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What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

Board your panoramic coach upon hotel pickup in Te Anau, referred to as the ‘Gateway to Fiordland.’ Your full-day tour includes a majestic 1.5-hour Milford Sound cruise within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. 

En route to the fiord, your driver-guide motors past the ancient beech forest of the Eglington Valley, pausing at the Mirror Lakes for a leg stretch and photo op. Continuing on through the Upper Hollyford Valley, you’ll be mesmerized by Christie Falls before entering the Homer Tunnel, drilled through the solid mountain rock. 

Brace yourself for the grandeur of the Cleddau Valley, where you’ll follow a footbridge over the Cleddau River to the Chasm to view the river’s turbulent whirlpools before descending into Milford Sound.

From your cruise boat, indulge in the splendor of your surroundings as you glide past waterfalls that splash down vertical, glacier-carved rock walls. Hear commentary about natural wonders such as the postcard-perfect Mitre Peak, which rises 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) from the water. Don’t miss the wildlife such as New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and the rare Fiordland penguin. 

If you opted for a provided lunch, open your snack box or dig into a buffet lunch of international dishes, before you re-board your coach for the return journey to Te Anau.

Customer Reviews

C T Saul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had bad weather but the upside was seeing all the temporary waterfalls in addition to the regular ones at Milford sound. Knowledgable and informative coach driver. We enjoyed the boat trip.

Patrick L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really excellent from start to finish. We had wonderful weather which probably made a huge difference.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The best of all the Sounds in our opinion, great views, nice waterfalls, a great way to see the sound.

Joseph R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Beautiful day to sail the Milford Sound. Loved the trip and would recommend to everyone.

Julie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We were lucky with the weather and the tour was fabulous. Bruce, our driver was very friendly,informative and had a brilliant sense of humour. A magical place to visit and all ran smoothly..

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Our Milford Sound day trip was a joy from start to finish. We were picked up from our campsite and transferred to the coach at Te Anau for the onward journey. The driver was informative, witty and welcoming and the scenery just spectacular. The boat cruise was a highlight of our honeymoon - I'd recommend it to anyone. Chris and Sarah, UK.

Geoffrey N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Fantastic day. Great bus driver, very comfortable bus, all in all a relaxing day which was well worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour is a "must" however I would honeslty not recommend anyone driving to this attraction, in case you want to save some money. The road is intense and by the time you get to the point where you can board the boat, you are exhausted.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Everthing was just perfect including the weather.Brian our tour guide and Driver was outstanding nothing was a problem.Boat trip was very interesting and would do it again. The only problem was inconserate people sharing their cigarette smoke with us. Thanks for the wonderful experiance.

Kerrie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We had the advantage of being picked up from Te Anau, would not have liked the extra travel from Queenstown. Had a wonderful day, there had been rain overnight and a few showers during the day, but this made the waterfalls all the more spectacular. Our guide was excellent with great knowledge of the area and plenty of stops for photos. The boat trip was great with good commentary and excellent buffet food. Have now seen Milford Sound in the Autumn and the Winter and loved both times but I think the Winter is breathtaking. Would definitely recommend the tour and cruise and Te Anau was a beautiful place to stay.

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