Your Milford Sound day trip begins with hotel pickup in Queenstown, where you’ll board a luxury coach. Through the glass roof, soak up legendary views of the Remarkables Range while traveling alongside Lake Wakatipu, then motor through the verdant countryside to Te Anau for morning tea (own expense).
Your driver shares insightful facts about the region as your 5-hour scenic drive continues along Milford Road, aka Highway 94. The coach makes photo stops where you can stretch your legs and take in the alpine landscape of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park.
Board the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer cruise boat upon arrival at Milford Sound. Meet the informative crew and prepare to be stunned by the fiord’s natural features as your 2-hour cruise follows the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Hear commentary on the regional wildlife as you search the waters for New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and rare Fiordland penguins. Relax with provided tea and coffee, and snap postcard-worthy pics of lush waterfalls descending from steep-walled spires like famous Mitre Peak. Lunch is available for purchase at the onboard cafe when hunger calls (own expense).
After you disembark at the wharf, hop on a shuttle bus for the short drive to the airstrip for the 40-minute helicopter flight that returns you to Queenstown. Your pilot flies over Milford Sound so you can appreciate the fiord along with glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforests from the air. You’ll soar above Harrison Valley, Mt Tutoko and shimmering Lake Wakatipu, and — if the weather cooperates — you may even experience a snow landing on Donne Glacier.
Upon return to Queenstown, your 3-in-1 tour ends with hotel drop-off.