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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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  • 12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. 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 by 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
  • Relax and enjoy the sites of Mildford Sound on a sightseeing cruise
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes
  • Includes hassle-free, round-trip transportation

What's Included

  • 1-hour 45-minute sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Glass-roofed coach with free WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

  • 7:30 AM

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

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 luxurious 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. Gourmet Buffet lunch is included on your cruise, before you’re returned by coach to your Queenstown hotel.


Tour departs from this location

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Lake Wakatipu (Pass By)

oLake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand and the third largest. Wakatipu is a Maori word meaning, ‘Hollow of the Demon’. The lake has an unusual rhythmic rise and fall in the water level, approximately 12cm every 5 minutes. In Maori legend this strange rhythmic rise and fall of the water level, is said to be the beating heart of a monster from the deep depths of the lake.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Operated by GreatSights

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveler Tips

Like everyone says it is a big day but absolutely worth the effort.
Be kind to your fellow travellers and get back to the bus by the time he tells you to - you need to listen.
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Alphonse_P, Jan. 2022
Our coach and tour guide is Paulie. He is both an excellent driver and very knowledgeable tour guide. He gave very clear instructions to us and explained the reasons underlying each in a friendly, positive manner and made our 10-hour trip very comfortable. Together with the cruise skipper and staff, they made our journey once-in-a-lifetime experience deep in the heart on New Zealand. The only thing that can be improved is the lunch - if only warm food(s) can be included in the pack. Otherwise, I enjoyed the adventure very much!
Wonderful trip to Milford Sound
Jenny_D, Jan. 2022
The temporary waterfalls on the way , the monkey creek with natural drinking water and the awesome cruise
Get in and visit Milford Sound now before the hoards return
phil_c, Jan. 2022
We did the Milford Sound Coach tour on 30 December. Aside from the outrageous scenery, I found our Driver, Paul's commentary to be a highlight. He was informative, humorous and is clearly passionate about his job and the region. The coach was comfortable as was the vessel we cruised around the Sound on. The whole thing was well run and spot on for timings. The Venison pies at Te Anau are a must.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great team with excellent management
Maggie_z, Jan. 2022
Thanks for the wonderful trip in the wonderful land. Best weather, Best Paulie. Great team always brings good luck. By the way the lunch is excellent, not too heavy not too light and perfect to support our trip. Thanks very much for everything. Will remember this forever Best wishes for your business!
1 traveler found this review helpful
True meaning of majestic!
Linda_B, Jan. 2022
Hudson, the driver, made this trip memorable, so much knowledge and so many funny remarks. There is no way that the photos can bring across the true beauty that Milford sounds has, takes your breath away!
Great trip
Dene_H, Dec. 2021
It was good to have a good driver he made the trip fun and he shared his experience and new a lot about area’s and boat was great experience great day would recommend it
Excellent value for money
Elana_G, Dec. 2021
Fabulous scenery, interesting commentary and service. Will defnitly do this again. Enjoyed the Milford Sound the most
Paulette_M, Dec. 2021
Hudson, the bus driver, was full of knowledge, knew all the right spots to stop and really made the trip top notch.
Fantastic trip with a great company and helpful driver Dave
HASSAN_M, Dec. 2021
Great trip, beautiful scenes, friendly environment, very helpful driver Dave with good sense of humor and easy going. His driving skill is outstanding, relaxing trip in a tough road, I highly recommend traveling on a coach trip than in an exhausting car trip..thank you so much to this good company that create happy travellers with a positive 😊 experience. Hassan
The drive and guide...
Yiran_M, Dec. 2021
The drive and guide Hudson is super nice and professional. Though it was raining there but we did enjoy it a lot. It a one time in life experience. Strong recommended.


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