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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

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icon12 hours 45 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more

Overview

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.
  • Full-day tour of Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Fiordland National Park
  • Drive the spectacular Milford Road, one of New Zealand’s most famous drives
  • Enjoy a cruise around the Milford Sound fjord
  • Admire natural wonders such as Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke
  • Look out for marine wildlife such as fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland crested penguins
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Queenstown
Your day begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Queenstown hotel by luxury coach. There’s a long journey ahead, so settle into your seats for the drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Don’t worry about getting bored, though—you drive along the mountaintop Milford Road, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular roads, and there are plenty of stops and photo opportunities along the way. As you soak up the scenery of the Fiordland National Park, listen as your driver points out natural wonders, and tells stories about the region’s fascinating history.

On arrival at Milford Sound, hop aboard a boat for a scenic cruise around the fjord. Keep your camera close to hand as you pass natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mount Pembroke.

Climb onto your boat’s viewing platform and keep a look out for local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of dolphins, and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. As you continue towards the Tasman Sea coast, pass beneath the distinctive 5,551-foot (1,692 meter) mountain of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

As you turn back into Milford Sound, see the dramatic approach witnessed by the first settlers at the end of the 18th-century, and hear stories about their journey from your guide’s live on-board commentary.

Back on dry land, the coach awaits to take you back to Queenstown, where your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
Board a luxury coach in Queenstown and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau.
Stop At:  
Lake Te Anau
After a short break in Te Anau the coach will continue along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road through impressive, awe-inspiring scenery.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Eglinton Valley
Enjoy a photo stop at the amazing Eglington Valley on your journey along the Milford Road.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mirror Lakes Walk
Take a short walk past the Mirror Lakes, where, on a clear day the mountains can be seen perfectly reflected in the water.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Homer Tunnel
Journey through the mountains via the Homer Tunnel, bringing you out at Milford Sound.
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
On reaching Milford Sound you will join a leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea.
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Milford sound Hwy
Journey along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road through impressive, awe-inspiring scenery, considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Mitre Peak
Cruise past the impressive Mitre Peak whilst looking out for wildlife and enjoying an informative commentary from your onboard nature guide.
Stop At:  
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Your coach journey will take you on a scenic drive through the beautiful Fiordland National Park.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers
star-5
Fabulous - especially with the flight back
Paulaben111
, Feb 2020
Full day with lots of stop offs for opportunities to experience the wonderful views to break up the long journey. Cruise through Milford Sound a must but go prepared with a jacket or similar as it's blowy. We opted to fly back which was the icing on the cake. If this is the only time you're going to make this trip I'd suggest the flight home package.
star-5
12 out of 10 !!!
phileaschiu
, Jan 2020
Real Journeys provides excellence services from every angle and easily get the 10 points. But the extra 2 points came when the single lane Homer Tunnel was temporary closed due to bus caught fire inside. They opened a cruise boat so that stranded passengers can relax inside with coffee and tea. The most amazing things they did is cooked up buffet hot foods for all of us to enjoy, they went the extra mile. Kudos to Real Journeys.
star-5
Beautiful place
sysimard
, Jan 2020
Nice support for the company, good services, long busy day. Folders in English and Chinese, a little something in French would have been appreciated. Very nice experience.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Odyssey594944
, Oct 2019
Value for money! Beautiful journey from RealJourney company via Viator. Milford Sound Nature Cruise stopped in Te Anau for lunch, it is a beautiful town !. Must do in Queenstown!
star-4
Lovely day
kupieckorzenny
, Oct 2019
The trip was well organised and professional. I really enjoyed the extra stops for pictures. The vehicle has a lot of window areas so it was great for admiring the views (and the views were magnificent). Once in Milford Sound, we were split into smaller groups that went on different boats so despite arriving in a full bus, the cruise wasn't too crowded. Milford Sound itself is absolutely stunning! We were lucky enough to see yellow-crested penguins, fur seals, dolphins and then also a kea on the way back. Something that could be improved is the commentary during the journey, it felt a bit low-energy and a bit rambling-like at times, but that didn't take away too much from the whole experience.
star-5
Milford Sound Cruise
Venture51265603143
, Oct 2019
Milford Sound is just beautiful. The tour guide was very informative and the experience was definitely worth it.
star-4
great sailing boat
Voyage554036
, Oct 2019
very scenic, but basic lunch, commentary could be better, bus trip out was superb, great stops, 'Chris' the bus driver was excellent :)
star-5
Larry and Melodee had a blast
GrandTour293038
, Sep 2019
We had a great time and enjoyed the bus trip as well as the windy boat ride. The views were amazing and the smooth ride and picnic lunch was all perfect.
star-5
Amazing Place to be.......
sapnajaini
, Sep 2019
Milford Sound. It was mind blowing 3 hours cruise. Excellent ambience. Must visit place. Most scenic place in the world. Best time to visit is September. Had a great time with my husband.
star-5
AMAZING,
AlfredoMn
, Dec 2018
The trip was great, the driver really knows what he’s doing, overall was a great experience! Extremely recommended.

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