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Small-Group Milford Sound Day Trip and Cruise from Te Anau

Milford Sound, New Zealand
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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 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.
  • Small-group full-day tour to Milford Sound, from Te Anau
  • Travel by comfortable mini-coach with an informative guide who points out notable sights throughout your journey
  • Take a boat cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound for a stunning up-close experience of this magnificent locale
  • Learn about Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from your boat captain’s informative commentary
  • Stop at scenic spots en route to and from Milford Sound
  • Enjoy the in-depth knowledge provided by guides who have worked with the national park service
  • A maximum of 33 people permits you to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful experience
After a convenient hotel pickup by mini-coach, depart Te Anau in the morning for the drive to Milford Sound. Stop with your small group at Mirror Lakes for a photo break, and hear interesting narration about the regional flora and fauna from your guide en route to Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On arrival, join other travelers for a Milford Sound cruise before the crowds descend upon this natural wonder. Peer through the boat’s large viewing windows inside the cabin, or get fresh air on the spacious outdoor decks. Your skipper provides illuminating commentary while several naturalists onboard point out marine life as you search the icy waters for penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and New Zealand fur seals.

Focus your eye on cascading waterfalls and the 5,550-foot-tall (1,692-meter) Mitre Peak before your return trip to Te Anau. Have lunch and stop to explore several scenic spots on foot, such as the Chasm nature trail, Lake Gunn and the stunning Eglinton Valley, before drop-off at your hotel.

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Very Enjoyable
Ian B
, Oct 2019
This was our second Milford Sound day trip but the first with Jucy. Found the Jucy trip to be excellent. We were picked up from our motel in Te Anau on time and greeted cheerfully by our driver Simon. The bus seating was very comfortable & equipped with seatbelts which are a good idea as the road is very winding in parts and help you to feel secure. There were many stops along the road to Milford Sound to stretch your legs and take in the magnificent views. Simon kept us entertained and informed the whole way too. Upon arrival at Milford Sound we were given a genuinely delicious lunch, consisting of a lovely fresh sandwich, yummy biscuit, super crisp apple, fruit slice, mini quiche & drink. The boat for the tour was lovely and spacious with windows everywhere as well as large viewing platforms front, back and on top of the boat for those who wanted to get the full experience and get a drenching from one of the many waterfalls. A very enjoyable cruise with pauses along the way to take in and experience the sights. All in all a very enjoyable full day out and certainly worth every cent - we were very impressed and would highly recommend this trip with Jucy.
Wonders of Nature
, May 2019
My mom and I joined this day tour in late May 2019 . Don't let the term " day tour " mislead you -- the entire jaunt, from pick - up to drop - off , took all of 13 hours -- the greater part of a day ! But the amazing beauty of the scenery we saw made it worth it. Our driver - guide was knowledgeable and drove well, although the coach was not as " luxury " as I had expected after my previous ' Viator ' experience in Perth, WA. .
This was a fun trip, with a fun and...
Greg S
, Aug 2018
This was a fun trip, with a fun and interesting driver. We left the rental car at the hotel and appreciated being able to look out the window. We took the earlier morning trip and almost had the ship to ourselves, and thus had spots at just about any railing we wanted. The mid-day departure looked like it would be crowded. The included lunch was just right.
Great day-tour from Te Anau with a...
Ove F
, Mar 2018
Great day-tour from Te Anau with a good driver. The weather could better on the Milford Sound cruise.
Beautiful scenery, comfortable boat...
, Mar 2018
Beautiful scenery, comfortable boat. The rain was heavy and made the views slightly less stunning. The drive to the Sound was ok but not as beautiful as we had expected. Overall, the mountains and fresh water lakes were the highlight of the day. My lunch order got mixed up and this led to very little to eat on a very long day.
Unfortunately our tour time for...
Kerry G
, Jan 2018
Unfortunately our tour time for Milford Sound with the operator was continually altered. We were advised the day before that the bus had mechanically problems that would be collecting us and we were moved onto another bus coming from Queenstown. Not exactly a small group! Whilst the tour of the sound was excellent the constant changing by the operator was unprofessional.
this tour was fabulous, nice and...
Lee R
, Jun 2017
this tour was fabulous, nice and small and personable. 'Peter' our driver for the day was superb, adding extra photo stops in when he had time. The lunch on the boat was pretty poor, but we already expected that and brought a wee bit extra of our own. Overall it was brilliant.
Wonderful tour! On our tour, we...
Sean J
, May 2017
Wonderful tour! On our tour, we stopped approximately five times each way at beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and sights. Great guide and commentary. Boat tour was not overcrowded and offered an included lunch (our's was not a boxed sandwich!). I would highly recommend.
No pick up even though confirmed by...
David C
, Apr 2017
No pick up even though confirmed by email night before pickup was organised. Had to wait 1.5 hours and join a large group. Not what we signed up for. Never again
The tour guide, Simon, was...
Nigel D
, Mar 2017
The tour guide, Simon, was outstanding. His knowledge and passion matched the unforgettable scenery on the bus journey to Milford. The cruise on the sound was amazing with seal spotting a real bonus.

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