Fiordland National Park Tours

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Sprawling along New Zealand’s southwest coast, Fiordland National Park represents the country at its most photogenic: jagged mountains, rugged glacial valleys, and glittering fjords. This UNESCO World Heritage Site harbors some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural wonders, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Lake Te Anau, as well as rare Fiordland penguins, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. 

The Basics
Whether you’re soaring over Milford Sound in a helicopter, taking a scenic cruise along Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track, there are ample opportunities for adventure in Fiordland National Park. Tours typically start out from Queenstown or Te Anau and visit must-see attractions such as Mitre Peak, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Dusky Sound, and Manapouri Lake.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Weather in Fiordland National Park can be temperamental, especially around the fjords, so be prepared for wind and rain—even in summer.
  • If you’re hiking, remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are limited places to purchase supplies.
  • There is no public transportation within the park, so you’ll need to join a tour if you don’t have your own transport.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited, but free Wi-Fi is available at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Center.
  • Some cruises and attractions are wheelchair accessible but not all activities within the park are accessible to those with limited mobility, so it’s best to check in advance.

How to Get There
Fiordland National Park stretches over 3.2 million acres (1.2 million hectares) along the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The nearest international airport is in Queenstown, roughly 107 miles (172 kilometers) by road from the park’s main entry points—the lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri. Fiordland National Park can also be accessed from Milford Sound, which lies roughly 178 miles (287 kilometers) by road from Queenstown. 

When to Get There
Summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit Fiordland. Cooler spring and autumn temperatures make for great hiking, fewer crowds, and lower prices. Winter visitors will be at the weather’s mercy, but the park’s snow-covered peaks offer some spectacular scenery. Hikers should be aware that the Milford Track is only maintained from October through April, and lodges and facilities will be closed outside of this time.  

Outdoor Activities in Fiordland National Park 
Fiordland is one of the best destinations for hiking in New Zealand, with three of the country’s Great Walks running through the park—the Milford Track, the Kepler Track, and the Routeburn Track, as well as a huge variety of short walks. Other outdoor activities include kayaking around Doubtful Sound, jet boating or fishing along the Waiau River, cycling or horseback riding around the lakes, and skydiving in Glenorchy. 
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a Milford Sound cruise while visiting UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Departing from Milford Wharf, this boat cruise glides past snow-capped Mitre Peak and waterfalls cascading down steep-walled mountains that rise straight up from the water. See Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point while searching the deep fiord for marine life including bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

See Milford Sound by air and water, flying round-trip from Queenstown for a small-craft boat cruise through the famous fiord. Save time on this half-day tour as you soar over the World Heritage–listed  landscape of Fiordland National Park. Landing at Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft and a sightseeing journey with experienced naturalists. You’ll learn about the wildlife and geology of the scenic waterways at one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders. Includes round-trip hotel transfers and a boxed lunch.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Te Anau

Take a cruise on Milford Sound, arguably the most scenic destination on New Zealand’s South Island, during this day trip from Te Anau. En route, you’ll tour the features of Fiordland National Park, home to untouched alpine forest, pristine waterways, glaciers and soaring peaks. Experience sightseeing stops and bush walks before a 1.5-hour boat excursion, including a buffet lunch and narration by a well-versed guide. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran for a 1 hour 45 minute cruise. 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.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

See the Eighth Wonder of the World on a Milford Sound cruise, led by a naturalist guide. Gliding past granite walls, glacier-fed waterfalls and stunning Mitre Peak aboard a smaller-sized vessel than most Milford Sound cruises, you’ll have great photo ops of this famous South Island attraction situated within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water for just over 2 hours, and be on the lookout for Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a three-deck vessel. The 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders take you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

The UNESCO-listed Milford Sound is the postcard icon of New Zealand’s South Island – a dramatic fjord, ringed by jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. This 2-hour cruise checks off all the highlights, affording spectacular views of Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, and Mount Pembroke; passing the mighty Mitre Peak; and gliding out along the Tasman Sea coast.
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Scenic Flight

A Milford Sound scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown completes this full-day tour by land, sea and sky. Before your 1-hour and 45-minute cruise, travel by coach to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, stopping at the Mirror Lakes. You’ll see the world-famous fiord, including Mitre Peak, and other natural glories from the water, then get a bird’s-eye view from the air that will take your breath away.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

Board the ‘Milford Mariner’ for a Milford Sound overnight cruise along this pristine waterway, situated in New Zealand’s impressive Fiordland National Park. Cruise the entire length of the fiord all the way to the Tasman Sea before your captain anchors in Harrison Cove. Then spend the night in a private single or twin-share en suite cabin, including a 3-course buffet dinner and breakfast. Listen to a nature guide on board and make use of provided kayaks to explore waterfalls and glacial-carved cliffs like Mitre Peak.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

Don’t miss the chance to take a must-do overnight cruise on Milford Sound aboard the ‘Milford Mariner,’ with round-trip transport from Te Anau by luxury coach. Cruise the entire length of the impressive fiord, passing towering cliffs like Mitre Peak en route to the Tasman Sea. Then anchor for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove, where a nature guide on board helps you make use of provided kayaks to explore. Select a private single or twin-share ensuite cabin, including a 3-course buffet dinner and breakfast.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

Cruise Milford Sound from Te Anau during a full-day tour to UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. You’ll access this crown jewel of New Zealand’s South Island by luxury coach, stopping en route at the Mirror Lakes before boarding a 1-hour 45-minute cruise on luxurious catamaran journey past waterfalls and steep-walled pinnacles such as famous Mitre Peak.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

This Doubtful Sound overnight cruise takes you over Manapouri Lake to this South Island gem in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Board the ‘Fiordland Navigator,’ a traditional three-mast sailing scow, and cruise past soaring granite peaks in New Zealand’s second-largest fiord. Learn from an onboard nature guide about wildlife such as fur seals, penguins and bottlenose dolphins. Then spend the night in a comfortable cabin, including a 3-course buffet dinner and breakfast. Join the cruise in Manapouri or include coach transfers from Te Anau or Queenstown.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group Milford Sound Day Trip and Cruise from Te Anau

Escape the crowds of Milford Sound as you cruise through the popular glacier-carved fjord on a full-day excursion, round-trip from Te Anau. The 1.5-hour Milford Sound morning boat trip glides past stunning sights like Mitre Peak, situated in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. En route, stop for short walks at scenic spots like Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. Enjoy small-group transport by mini-coach, limited to 33 people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide. Includes lunch plus hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown

Be mesmerized by Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Te Anau to Queenstown. Travel through World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park and go sightseeing on a Milford Sound cruise past majestic Mitre Peak. Enjoy a buffet lunch or opt for a Japanese-style bento box (if selected). Includes hotel pickup and drop-off with commentary on board the coach and cruise boat.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Scenic Flight Transfer to Queenstown from Milford Sound

Soak in panoramic views of New Zealand's South Island during your 35-minute one-way flight to Queenstown from the Milford Sound. The scenic flight follows a route over Fiordland National Park, the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, and Sutherland Falls, before landing at Queenstown airport, where a driver transfers you to your hotel.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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