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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Air Tours

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

The glacial waters, soaring cliffs, and thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound are spectacular from all angles, and this half-day tour takes in all the highlights. Enjoy thrilling aerial views of the Fiordland National Park on a round-trip flight from Queenstown, and marvel at Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke on a scenic Milford Sound cruise. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Milford Sound BBQ Experience full day from Queenstown

Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, the Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You’ll also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu — New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau — the South Island’s the largest lake. Includes a delicious barbecue lunch and stops for sightseeing throughout the day.
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  • 13 hours
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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 three-mast motorized boat designed on a traditional 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.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound is one of the star attractions of New Zealand’s South Island, but its remote location makes it tricky to visit on a day tour. This full-day tour from Queenstown is ideal for those short on time, combining a thrilling drive along the famous Milford Road, a scenic cruise around the UNESCO-listed fjord, and the chance to spot seals, dolphins and penguins.
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  • 12 hours 45 minutes
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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw,’ a vintage steamship. Stroll the lakeside gardens and enjoy a traditional morning or afternoon tea and take a walking tour of the farm. You’ll watch sheep dogs in action, see sheep shearing demonstrations and learn the time-honored art of spinning wool. Treat yourself to home-baked goods and alpine views of the Remarkables mountain range. Savour a delicious afternoon tea and an amble through lakeside gardens before heading back to Queenstown by boat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Multi-day Tours

2 Day West Coast Glaciers and Tranz Alpine train - Queenstown to Christchurch

This two-day trip from Queenstown to Christchurch packs a lot of experiences into a short time. Experience the scenic beauty of a New Zealand road trip without having to drive yourself, as you travel by comfortable coach and train. Enjoy a mix of free time and guided walks or other tours. You can choose activities to suit your own needs and interests. This trip is an easy and adventure-filled way of traveling between the two cities.
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown (includes lunch)

Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at least four boutique wineries during a 5.5-hour tour. You’ll drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown

Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited natural wonders and this full-day tour allows you to experience the UNESCO-listed landscapes from all angles. Soar over the mountains and lakes of the Fiordland National Park on a small-plane flight; enjoy a 2-hour cruise across Milford Sound; zip along the Dart River on a jet boat; and get close to nature on a forest hike.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Explore the stunning fiord by air and water during a half-day excursion. The exhilarating, round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown includes a glacier landing on Mt. Tutoko. Perhaps spot dolphins, seals, and penguins during an unforgettable cruise.
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  • 4 hours
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Dining Experiences

Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

Board the TSS "Earnslaw," a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts, and a New Zealand cheeseboard. After dinner, see farm demonstrations or purchase a drink and simply relax in the bar.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Air Tours

Milford Sound & Glaciers Fly Cruise and Fly Experience

Take in the vast scale of Milford Sound from the air and water with a half-day trip that includes round-trip flights and a catamaran cruise. You’ll board a small plane that accommodates up to 7 passengers, lift off above the ridges and lakes of Fjordland National Park, then cruise Milford Sound all the way to the Tasman Sea. Watch for fur seals and penguins, and pass through the mists of Stirling Falls before meeting the pilot for the return trip to Queenstown.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Valley of the Vines Wine Tour (Afternoon) from Queenstown

Save yourself the trouble of finding a sober driver on this late afternoon tour around a handful of renowned Central Otago wineries. Drive from wine cave to cellar door with your guide at the wheel and sample a wide range of wines from the picturesque Gibbston Valley winegrowing region. If you’re worried about getting back to your accommodation, don’t be: hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are available to make life easier.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Multi-day Tours

3 Day Milford Sound, Te Anau, Taieri Gorge and Dunedin Tour from Queenstown

Discover the highlights of the South Island on a 3-day semi-independent tour, round-trip from Queenstown. Travel by glass-roof coach to Te Anau, gateway to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland, where you’ll take a 2-hour boat cruise on Milford Sound — surrounded by rainforest, waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys. Enjoy a full day at your leisure in charming Dunedin, followed by a train journey by Taieri Gorge Railway to Pukerangi. You’ll have your choice of standard or superior accommodation, including breakfast, in Te Anau and Dunedin.
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Day Trips

Milford Sound Tour & Cruise with Fly-back from Queenstown

See Fiordland in style on this luxury day tour. The glass-roofed bus allows you to see the wide-angled scenery uninterrupted on the drive from Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound in a boat that’s smaller than many others, allowing you to visit small bays and coves and see wildlife from up close. Return to Queenstown via spectacular scenic flight over fiords, valleys, and mountains.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Glenorchy & Paradise Half-Day Explorer

Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, along a stunningly beautiful stretch of road that runs from Queenstown to the (aptly-named) rural settlement of Paradise further north. Instead of trying to negotiate these unfamiliar (and sometimes dangerous) country roads on your own, get a driver who knows the region on this half-day drive. Spend some time exploring Glenorchy’s shops and cafes, and take advantage of some remarkable alpine photo ops.
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  • 4 hours
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Queenstown. During this 6-hour tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River. Finish with a leisurely walk through an ancient forest to learn about the wildlife and the area’s original Maori inhabitants.
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Best of Queenstown Sightseeing Tour

The Best of Queenstown sightseeing tour is one of a kind, with locations being handpicked by locals and perfect for all ages. Throughout the tour your guide will provide great entertaining kiwi humor and informative commentary. This tour has a little bit of everything for everyone from photography opportunities, wine tastings, gold panning, visiting the iconic AJ Hackett bridge bungy and Lord of The Rings scene locations. Finishing off with a relaxing scenic boat cruise on Lake Wakatipu.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Milford Sound Tour & Cruise from Queenstown including Lunch

Admire the rugged beauty of Milford Sound from the water on this full-day luxury coach tour with cruise from Queenstown. Travel through the New Zealand countryside by air-conditioned coach as a guide sheds light on the region’s diverse flora and fauna. Pause on route for photo stops, and capture fine views over the peaks and forests. During your Milford Sound cruise, marvel at the mighty waterfalls crashing over the high cliffs, and watch the waves for dolphins, penguins and seals. A simple picnic lunch is provided on board.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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awesomeNZ Milford Sound Day Tour

The pristine Milford Sound is part of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, in the south west of the South Island, and is famed for its remote atmosphere and rugged beauty. It is New Zealand’s best known fiord and the only one that can be reached by road. Maori are believed to have discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago, returning seasonally to collect the prized pounamu (greenstone). In the early 1800s John Grono was the first European settler to land in the sound, which he named after Milford Haven in Wales. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. Cliffs rise high into the air from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound (and it often does) those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Join a Doubtful Sound cruise from Queenstown and discover this alpine gem nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Traveling by coach, you’ll take a ferry across Lake Manapouri and cross over Wilmot Pass for your 3-hour catamaran cruise. You’ll be struck by the fiord’s vivid beauty as you search for dolphins, fur seals and penguins amid a dramatic landscape of soaring granite peaks and crystal-clear waters. 
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Queenstown Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour

Board a Milford Sound cruise and ride a vintage steamship across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on this Queenstown Super Saver. You’ll take each tour on two separate days, soaking up the breathtaking alpine landscapes of the South Island. First, spot marine life as your experienced skipper navigates the serene waters of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland. The next day, enjoy typical New Zealand hospitality at a rural farm with wool spinning, sheep sheering and either morning or afternoon tea.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Queenstown Local Scenic Half-Day Small-Group Tour

Get to know Queenstown's highlights, history, culture, and scenery on this half-day tour. With a small group limited to just 11 people or fewer, travel in a minivan to locales such as Crown Terrace Viewpoint, the Shotover River, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and others. Pickup and drop-off in central Queenstown included.
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  • 4 hours
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