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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.

Neil

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.

Jerry Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

My daughter and I had a brilliant day. We appreciated being part of a small friendly group, stopping regularly to see the sights and take photos. The leisurely bushwalk and BBQ was excellent, as was the commentary along the way and having (our own) uncrowded Milford cruise. Our only regret was not taking the opportunity to do the glacier helicopter landing and bus connection at Homer Tunnel. Even the DVD about NZ birds on the return trip to Queenstown was fascinating. Thank you Nick.

Andrew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Fantastic day. So glad we chose the BBQ Bus rather than joining a big tour group for our trip to Milford Sound - nice nicer and more personalised with the opportunity to stop at scenic spots that the big buses simply cannot go. Was very nice not to be following the crowd at all the stops... Excellent BBQ in beautiful spot, good rapport with driver and other guests with whom we ended up going to dinner with.

Nadia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Tour was great. Tour guide Nick was very knowledgeable and friendly and gave us a grand tour with all the background and information along the way. It was a small group tour so it allowed for a more personal experience.It certainly was a plus to have such a great tour guide. I highly recommend it

bonnie n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

The sites and the tour guide were excellent. I would suggest stopping different places on the way there and the way back. Stopping at the same town / store does nothing for the return.

Curtis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

wonderful trip - excellent commentary along the way. Fantastic view of falls - a must see for everyone.

Susan Kathleen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Fantastic day. the Barbecue bus was comfortable, The driver Chris and his assistant Ayumi were helpful and knowledgable. BBQ lunch was delicious. The boat trip on Milford Sound was great.Highly recommend this tour.

Gary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Chris was the driver/cook/tour guide. He made the difference in an excellent trip. The cruise into Milfound Sound was fantastic. Gary-Texas

Frederick Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Loved the tour guide, Nigel, who entertained us the whole time. Enjoyed the small group, lunch, great weather and beautiful sights!

Verne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Another great tour guide. Loved the tour. The BBQ besides the river was awesome nothing like a freshly grilled meat on the Barbie. The cruise on Milford Sound was great. We upgraded to the Fixed Wing return trip and this was by far the best choice for us. You have several options, two different Helicopter tours, the fixed wing, and of course the included return bus trip. The pilot was the best, we had a great calm day and the flight was simply delightful. I am glad we waited because that way he had an idea of the type of day but I am sure that may be a tougher thing to do in the busy season. My wife and I had never been on a 6 person plane but we loved it. Took a ton of pictures.

Madhura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

A well organised and thoroughly enjoyable trip. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly.

Laurel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

We had such a great day! Our group was really small and so we had a real comfortable ride and plenty of flexbility. Lunch was really fun and Chris (I hope I got your name right ) is a great cook. He was also a great guide and lots of fun. Milford Sound is not to be missed! It is so beautiful. Going in a smaller group on this smaller bus is definitly the way to do it.

Cynthia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

Great trip. Well organized and totally fun!

Sauly Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

What a Fantastic day all being a long one , When you are have a great time you not want the day to end. That is what this day was for us, Great tour , Variety along the way , Tops for a BBQ by the stream . Several breaks on the way to stretch the legs , time to shop at the Te Anu stop. Fantastic views , amazing the amount of work to tunnel through the mountain at Homer Tunnel. Milford Sound or Fiord as it should be called, No other words needed to describe this sight... !!! Thank you for a wonderful day out with our two fun guides. 4th March 2013 .

mana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

it was raining that day , but our good emotions were not changed. Very nice guide ! !!

Chris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Great day out! Long trip made interesting by a very interesting commentary - thanks Nigel! Also the food was excellent and the cruise was lovely too - a great day out so thanks guys!

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