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
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.
It was a long day of travel (7am pickup and 8pm dropoff) however this was a small price to pay for the breathtaking views which we saw and experienced not only at Milford Sound but on the stop off points along the journey also. The time passed a little quicker with the views which we passed. Pleasant driver who was also most helpful with a good sense of humour.
We loved our trip to Milford Sound. It is a bit of a drive, but we had an awesome bus driver who kept us entertained the whole time. We liked the stops on the bus that we made along the way. The boat ride was beautiful and very relaxing; out captain got us close to the waterfalls. The boat was very clean and very big. The buffet lunch (included in the price) was good.
I would highly recommend this tour, we had a wonderful bus ride on a very comfortable coach that provided water and a jack to charge your phone so don’t forget to bring your cord to have a full charge to take some amazing pictures! The ride to Milford Sound was breathtaking with a few great photo opportunities that the bus stopped at along with a stop at a cafe/gift shop.
Adrian was our driver and shared many great NZ pearls with us during our ride. Once we got to the boat we set off on our cruise and the staff was terrific and food was ok enough to fill us up! Overall great day and will NEVER forget the waterfalls!
We went in March and were just fine with a long sleeve shirt, jeans and a really good raincoat!
Our trip was a 12 1/2 hour combines bus and boat cruise. It was fantastic. Our bus driver, Adrian, was perfect. He gave us information on the trip to Milford Sound and did it with enthusiasm and a sense of humour. The scenery is amazing with a combination of lakes, mountains, forests and farmland. Our stop in Te Anau was well timed after 3 hours on the bus. It’s a nice small town and the travel centre has great food and a wide selection of clothing. When we arrived at Milford Sound we were immediately put on a large catamaran power boat. They fed us a great meal as soon as we boarded. The cruise was stunning with mountains rising straight up out of the fiord. We saw many cascading waterfalls and got extrmely close to 2 of them. We saw fur seals sleeping on the rocks
The trip home was uneventful, lots of snoozing, and we arrived at the predetermined time. Thanks for a wonderful day
Tour operator was well organized. Driver was informative outbound. It's a long trip getting there but driving on the left side through winding roads would be much more traumatic. Just as long a return drive of course! You need to have an appreciation of nature's majesty (or why else would you book such a tour?). The mountains and the Sound are remarkable to see. We were lucky and had no rain. The food on the boat is passable. Be kind to your fellow travellers and get back to the bus by the time he tells you to - you need to listen.
Milford Sound has long been on to-do list but logistics of getting there were off—puttingHowever a comfortable coach, witty and knowledgeable driver and plenty of photo stops made the journey pass quickly. The cruise on the Sound was fantastic with the added bonus of a very high class buffet lunch