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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:13 hours (approx.)

Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, a must-see for any traveler. This is a small group tour for travelers seeking a personalized trip to Milford Sound. You will be transported in a modern, fully air-conditioned coach. As you begin your tour out of Queenstown we will travel south along the side of the amazing "Remarkables" mountain range and New Zealand's longest lake, Lake Wakatipu. From Te Anau the scenery really begins as we drive north along the lake. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island.


  • Full-Day touring Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • Cruise the majestic Milford Sound
  • Opportunity for extended bush walks
  • Enjoy BBQ lunch at Cascade Creek inside the Fiordland National Park or a BBQ lunch on board your Milford Sound Cruise if traveling in during the months of May - October
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 15 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound

Upon entering the Fiordland National Park, the largest National Park in NZ, travel up along side the Eglington River to three mountain lakes at the head of the Eglington Valley. During this part of the journey you will make the first of our many sightseeing stops that also allow for some great photo opportunities. You have a couple of different locations for lunch and will endeavor to select the best spot on the day. With some fantastic walks in the area, this is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful alpine forest up close.

After lunch you head towards the Homer Tunnel, taking in some incredible mountain views while driving along side the crystal clear waters of the Hollyford river. Once through the Homer Tunnel, you'll wind the way down the Cleddau Valley. At this time you arrive in an area called Fiordland but are visiting a "Sound", the difference will be explained.

You link up with a scenic cruise for a 1hour and 45 minute excursion on the fjord.

The barbecue lunch includes a classic Kiwi BBQ of marinated lamb kebabs, chicken kebabs and sausages, a good range of salads, fresh bread and fruit juice. Vegetarian patties are available on request. Please be sure to specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Important Note: During the months of May to October the itinerary for this tour will be modified. In place of the BBQ lunch enroute to Milford Sound, the tour will include a full scenic cruise with a BBQ lunch on board the cruise boat.

Customer Reviews

Matthew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We booked as a couple but one of us was unwell and couldn't go at the last moment.My wife thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was made very special by the experienced and knowledgeable ecologist who runs this excursion. This is a long day and a small group led by an enthusiast compensates for what could be tiring travel to Milford. Tremendous value but above all a trip that really helps one to understand the ecology of New Zealand and Fjordland through the personal touch.

edward m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was an awesome tour. the bar b q bus was awesome. The driver/ guide ws great. we had a great bar b q lunch in the Fiordland Nat park, we had a small group so it was very intimate. We also wet on the Milford sound in a small group so were able to take in all the sights without being crowded out. it was well worth it to have the small group. and the bar b q was wonderfully delicious.

Alexandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a great tour. Our tour guide Nigel was exceptional. We had a great day out. I would recommend this trip.

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great day out despite the rain in the sound. Long drive from Queenstown, but lots of info on the way, well looked after and would do it again

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We absolutely loved our day tour to Milford Sound on the BBQ bus! The guide was great; very informative and friendly and was always making sure that we were comfortable. We stopped off at multiple photo locations where everyone could stretch their legs, take in the views and have photos taken by the guide if wanted.

The BBQ lunch was amazing! Not only was it delicious but we were able to enjoy it in a beautiful native rainforest. There was plenty of food to go around and the whole group had a great time.

Milford Sound was a jaw dropper....something for everyone to put on their list of places to visit in a lifetime!

On the way home, our guide provided us with DVD options to help make the drive home more interesting once the sun had gone down. Everyone was dropped off at their door or whatever location they preferred. We were also provided with some handy local knowledge on where to go for dinner, lunch and day trips for the remainder of our stay.

We would rate this as our favourite day tour to date and we have been on quiet a few via Viator! Highly recommended!

Neil M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was a great full day trip expertly led by Nick, the owner operator of the BBQ Bus. Lots of stops en-route to Milford Sound which allowed us to see lovely areas of rivers, lakes and beautiful little pockets of forests.
A fantastic lunch in a secluded private area alongside a lovely patch of forest was a perfect way to relax before the final leg of the journey to Milford Sound.
The cruise on Milford was excellent and was well worth the drive. Picturesque mountain scenery towering over the fjord and lots of spectacular waterfalls makes Milford a destination well worth visiting.
All in all a very long, full day that met all my expectations. I would recommend a small bus tour like this rather than a huge bus loaded with people. I did both during my stay in Queenstown and the small intimate group situation was much better and allowed more flexibility to stop at various scenic spots on the way.
10/10 for this trip!!

Chang H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Nick was amazing!! Loved every part of the day!! Thank you!!

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Excellent day out! Great hosts, lovely lunch, interesting commentary, fabulous scenery and much much more enjoyable being in a small group than on a big coach. Highly recommend!

Nathaniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A wonderful way to spend the day. Our guide was perfect - knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive to the group. The small group setting was perfect and the tour was well paced. The BBQ in Fjordland was a wonderful lunch break! Glad that we did this trip as the Holland America cruise had to skip the Milford Sound phase due to storms.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This trip was amazing. Its a small family owned business meaning that you are well looked after and personally looked after. Nick and Muyami are excellent hosts. Also, as its a small tour this means you stop at places that the larger tour buses can't meaning that you see places most don't. Also the best lunch stop ever. This tour will make your memories of Milford Sound even better.

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