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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 November 2015

This was a great trip to Milford sound from Queenstown. We started at 7:30 am from Queenstown. The tour bus driver who doubles as guide too, was awesome. He told some amazing history about this area , the forests, tunnel etc. He stopped at great locations on the way to take pictures.
The highlight was obviously the cruise on Milford sound. So much beauty. And the experience with the third biggest fall in NZ up-close from the cruise was the highlight.
Overall, a great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Booking was easy and trip was well organised. Coach driver was excellent and very informative during the day about the trip and the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Not much time down at Milford Sound compared to how much driving is involved, but it turns out the drive is a huge part of the trip! Breath-taking views and scenic spots on the way down, we stopped several times to take it in and our driver had plenty of stories and information to keep us entertained informed. The boat trip once you reach Milford is worth the wait too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome and passionate guide, made every minute of the tour worthwhile!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was snowing when we left Queenstown but Milford Sound was beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour. We enjoyed the cruise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was definitely a great trip! Our bus driver and captain cruise first class. We loved the stops and walks on the way to Milford Sound. Spectacular scenery of wonderful wilderness. It was pretty cold during our visit but upon arrival at Milford Sound the sun was definitely really bright. The views of the waterfall was amazing and the captain even brought us up close!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A most enjoyable tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really great tour - our driver- Jamie was outstanding, and made the whole experience even better . Highly recommended .

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