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This is a wonderful full-day trip 9 AM to 5:30 PM that includes stops in Cromwell, Wanaka, Cardrona, and Arrowtown. Kathy was a great tour guide, who made ample stops for photos along the way. She is also co-owner along with her husband, so she's very knowledgeable and adds a genuine personal touch that made the day all the more enjoyable. What a great way to spend our last full day in New Zealand.
Fantastic day trip. Our driver was funny, informative and cooked a mean BBQ. His conservationist background meant we were given all kinds information that really made you appreciate the whole experience. A definite must do if you visit Queenstown. We had a car and could have done the drive on our own but doing it this way was stress free and so enjoyable.
Absolutely fantastic. Scenery amazing.
Long day trip from Queenstown, but oh so worth it.
Lovely BBQ lunch, Nigel our driver very informative and great fun.
Coach collected us from outside our hotel. Unfortunately didn't drop us off there on our return but fairly centrally in town. Stopped at interesting places en route and for coffee stops etc. Not an easy drive so very pleased we chose this trip. Driver was full of fascinating facts and information. Milford sound was magnificent! Kept to time and was a most enjoyable day trip.
Doing what: Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour
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!
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!!
a fantastic day trip with a very knowledgeable coach driver. scenery was absolutely fantastic, lunch on milford sound very good. cruise very good too. we were fourtunate to have great weather and were able to get our planned fixed wing transfer back to Queenstown. only took half an hour to get back. highly advisable and wot a view from the air. certailnly would recomend this tour to any one.
The day trip was wonderful, with beautiful scenery and stops for walks along the way to Milford Sound. Our guide, Nigel is great and engaging. My family enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it!
We had the best day so much to see, such beautiful scenery, simply a fantastic day trip to have taken, Thanks so much Nick (tour driver)
Long day but very worth it....
Sally Swan and family
PETER N USA
Wonderful day trip. Well worth the long drive. Set up and run well wen efficient with knowledgeable guide. Not to big and not too small-just right. Would recommend as a must when visiting the area.
This is a great half-day trip. The TSS Earnslaw has a colorful past that was shared by onboard tour guide. After reaching the farm, we ate a delicious barbecue lunch. Then, we were treated to a working sheepdog demonstration and a sheep shearing by Lindsay. Very informative and worth the money.
The trip from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound was wonderful, with drivers who provided thoughtful commentaries on the amazing landscapes and fellow passengers who shared his enthusiasm. Don't be put off by the length of this day trip, which included a surprising bus ride deep into the Manapouri power station and the unforgettable cruise of Doubtful Sound aboard a very comfortable ship.
Doing what: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Hayley B Australia
Very good day trip. Staff were awesome. Good NZ commentary. Had perfect weather in the morning and had fun watching movie on the way home. Thanks!
ANASTASIOS E Australia
We absolutely had a wonderful day that was really well organised - heaps of time to take photos and a great lunch!! I would definitely recommend this day trip with Viator!!
Seriously wonderful scenery, great accommodation and good guides.
I went as a single and found it pretty well wall to wall couples. Suggest you take a friend or just go for a day trip.
The tour is an excellent experience. It is a long day trip to the Sound and back but worth it. The tour guide we had was very professional and knowledgeable and made the three hour bus trip enjoyable. The boat trip was quite short but we saw lots of waterfalls, seals basking on rocks and gorgeous scenery. Lunch was average and not really worth it. Overall, a very good tour.
Doing what: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown
It was a marvellous day trip. We had a comfortable minibus and started out from Queenstown with gentle rain and a view of an overnight snowfall on all the mountains in the middle of summer. There was a refreshment stop in Te Anau and then onto Mirror Lakes with a bbq lunch at Knobs Flat. The sun shone and the water sparkled on the river with the colours of the Lupin flowers making a pretty landscape picture. Then came the really big adventure of travelling through the Homer tunnel and a cruise on Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The sunshine gave us many lovely photos with the waterfall spray as we came up close. We also spied the fur seals sleeping on the rocks ignoring the pesky tourists. The return journey was through beautiful rolling very green hills covered in sheep, of course and still the backdrop of snow covered mountains. Chris,the driver, was very pleasant and knowledgeable and made our outing most enjoyable. This trip was great value for money and I recommend it to others.
Great day trip - but a long day. Nice to be with a smaller group and not on a large coach. Specatular scenery on the drive up and informative tour guide. The Milford Sound cruise was lovely and the buffet lunch was good.
Beautiful scenery all around...saw fur seals and a waterfall...it was an awesome day out too! Would highly recommend this day trip. I found the bus there and back comfy and enjoyable as well but you can take a helicopter or short flight back for additional funds.
Doing what: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown
A nice half day trip! A good experience to board the steamship. The farm tour was good and the tea was tasty. Recommended!
You get to see some great landscapes, but where don't you see great landscape in New Zealand. The Day trip from Queenstown to Christchurch itself was just excessive! There are stops about every hour to 45 minutes just for the bus driver to get coffee. I don't know if this is New Zealand law but it dragged what could be done in 8 hours to 12 hours. Be prepared for a long day.
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