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The Chasm Tours

The Chasm
When visiting New Zealand’s Milford Sound, you’d be forgiven for driving straight through from Te Anau and simply just wanting to get there. After all—Milford Sound is one of the world’s most stunningly scenic areas, and it’s hard to bottle the excitable urge to get there as fast as you can. As it turns out, however, the journey to famous Milford Sound is all a part of the experience, and the Milford Road is lined with hikes, viewpoints, and scenic adventures. One of these stops is known as “The Chasm,” where wooden boardwalks weave through the rain forest amidst a canopy of ferns. After only a couple of minutes on the trail, the sound of waterfalls thundering in the distance gradually begins to get louder, until the Cleddau River is powerfully splashing beneath your feet. From the bridge overlooking The Chasm, you’ll notice a series of massive rocks that are riddled with oversized potholes, which have been naturally formed by water swirling in circles within the canyon. Over the course of thousands of years, the swirling water has created these smooth depressions and holes in the rocks, which only add to the impressive nature of this short, but worthwhile hike.

Practical Info

The Chasm is located halfway between the Homer Tunnel and the waters of Milford Sound. It’s about 1 hour and 35 minutes from Te Anau, and only 15 minutes from the end of the road that finishes in Milford Sound. In total, expect to spend about 20 minutes on the short, 400‐yard hike, and be on the lookout for mischievous kea (alpine parrots) that will happily steal your loose items. 
Address: Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Te Anau

Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Te Anau

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Tucked away in the South Island’s beautiful fiordland region, Milford Sound ranks among New Zealand’s most impressive natural attractions—but its remote location makes access challenging. On this tour, enjoy round-trip transport from Te Anau to Milford Sound aboard your premium glass-roof coach and admire panoramic views over the countryside scenery. With buffet lunch included, take to the water for a Milford Sound cruise, and discover native wildlife among the towering waterfalls.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$87,26
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US$87,26
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Milford Sound Small Group Tour Including Cruise & Lunch from Te Anau

Milford Sound Small Group Tour Including Cruise & Lunch from Te Anau

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A small group day fully guided tour including a picnic lunch from Te Anau to the stunningly beautiful region of Milford Sound where you board your cruise with the No.1 Cruise on TripAdvisor for a majestic experience with spectacular mountains, waterfalls and wildlife. Our tours are run in small groups with a maximum of 16 people, in modern minibuses, specially built to enhance your tour experience and day. On board we have amazing, passionate guides who always have a lot of stories and commentary to keep you entertained along the way. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, complimentary water/ snacks and USB charging ports in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it's not all about the destination... it's the journey that makes our tours special.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$134,61
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US$134,61
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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise from Te Anau with Picnic Lunch

Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise from Te Anau with Picnic Lunch

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Get a comprehensive tour of Milford Sound with this combination coach and boat cruise. Book ahead to ensure you see the area’s highlights; first traveling along Milford Sound Road in a glassed-in coach for panoramic views, stopping for photo ops and short walks. Then transfer to a boat for a scenic cruise on the Tasman Sea, during which you will dig in to a buffet lunch with unlimited coffee and tea.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$87,26
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US$87,26
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Private Milford Sound Tour with Cruise & Lunch from Te Anau

Private Milford Sound Tour with Cruise & Lunch from Te Anau

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A private fully guided day tour including a picnic lunch from Te Anau to the stunningly beautiful region of Milford Sound where you board your small group boutique cruise with the No.1 Cruise on TripAdvisor for a majestic experience with spectacular mountains, waterfalls and wildlife. This tour is run as a private tour for a maximum of 6 people (larger groups can be accommodated on request), in modern minibuses, specially built to enhance your tour experience and day. On board we have amazing, passionate guides who always have a lot of stories and commentary to keep you entertained along the way. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, complimentary water/ snacks and USB charging ports in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it's not all about the destination... it's the journey that makes our tours special.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$710,25
Price varies by group size
From
US$710,25
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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