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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

On this full-day Milford Sound tour from Queenstown, enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour journey aboard the ‘Pride of Milford’ cruise boat. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise past Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound. 


  • Explore the beauty of Mildford Sound and Fiordland National Park on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Explore the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park on your 1.5-hour Mildford Sound sightseeing cruise
  • View the stunning 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 Queenstown

Milford Road, Milford Sound

After you’re picked up at your hotel, settle in aboard a comfortable coach with panoramic windows and begin your Milford Sound tour from Queenstown. This day trip departs the shore of Lake Wakatipu, situated against the jagged backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, and makes a stop in Te Anau for morning tea (own expense). 

On arrival at the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park, step off the coach at the Mirror Lakes. Snap photos of this natural roadside attraction before passing through the Hollyford Valley. Your coach then enters the Homer Tunnel, emerging above the Cleddau Valley, where you’ll follow a footbridge over the Cleddau River to the Chasm to view the river’s turbulent whirlpools.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board the Pride of Milford, a 112-foot-long (34-meter) catamaran. Throughout the 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, listen to expert commentary about the pristine environment and natural landmarks such as Mitre Peak. Rising dramatically to a height of 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) above sea level, it’s one of many towering cliffs carved by a massive glacier in the last ice age.

Pass cascading waterfalls, and search for birdlife and marine mammals including New Zealand fur seals in addition to penguins and pods of dolphins. If you opted for a provided lunch, open your snack box (sandwich roll, cheese, crackers and fruit) or dig into a buffet lunch of international dishes, before you’re returned by coach to your Queenstown hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Most amazing views. Boat sticking its tip under the cataracts was fun. Expect a very long ride, but the road is full of amazing views.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This is an awesome tour. Even though it was raining it made the waterfalls all the more spectacular.
Great driver. Tour really well organized.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The scenery was spectacular - particularly on the bus ride from Queenstown. The glaciers and waterfalls were amazing.

Elaine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were picked up from our hotel in Queenstown and driven through some beautiful scenery. We stopped on route, the most memorable place was Mirror Lake, Monkey Creek where we were lucky to see a couple of Kea birds getting up to mischief and the Chasm. Our driver was very informative and friendly. Our trip through Milford Sound was amazing and the boat took us up close to a waterfall. An amazing activity that I would recommend to anyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great coach ride and cruise combo, both very informative.

maria f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

É um passeio incrível que vale muito a pena fazer! O tour foi bem organizado, o ônibus era confortável e tem uma rápida parada em Te Anau e a estrada até lá é bonita também.
O buffet do barco deveria estar incluso no meu pacote mas quando cheguei lá não estava, falei com eles e liberaram. A comida é mais típica chinesa. A equipe era bem simpática.

yaeko k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was wonderful . Perfect

Inder S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

extremely good, nice scenic beauty. wonderful cruise.

Kulkanya N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very beautiful

Kai A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely beautiful tour! a 12 hour trip from Queenstown out to Milford with great stops along the way with plenty of photo ops! ... Very knowledgeable bus driver... If your on the South Island this is a must do!! Amazing!! :D

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