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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

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Milford, New Zealand
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icon2 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a 3-deck vessel. This sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders takes you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.
  • Travel by coach through beautiful Fiordland National Park (if option selected)
  • Admire stunning landscapes and glacial scenery at one of the world’s most scenic locations
  • Spot New Zealand seals relaxing on the rocks
  • See the splash of waterfalls cascading from an ancient rainforest
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2-hour sightseeing cruise
Complimentary tea and coffee
Live commentary on board
Air Conditioned Coach (if coach tour selected)
Lunch, drinks and snacks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

1: JUCY Cruise Milford Sound, Milford Sound Visitor Centre (Terminal and Boat Harbour), Milford Sound Highway, Milford 9679, New Zealand
2: Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
3: Kiwi Country, 63 Town Centre, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up for the QUEENSTOWN coach tour is available from certain bus stops in Queenstown and along the Frankton Road.

YOU WILL NEED TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP LOCATION AND TIME WITH THE OPERATOR

The central pick up in Te Anau is the bus stop at Kiwi Country Cafe, Miro Street, Te Anau.

YOU WILL NEED TO CONFIRM YOUR PICK UP LOCATION AND TIME WITH THE OPERATOR

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
For the cruise-only option step aboard the 3-deck vessel and enjoy a scenic cruise along the spectacular Milford Sound. Admire towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys. Feel the spray from the waterfalls that cascade from an ancient rain forest high in the mountains and look out for New Zealand fur seal colonies and dolphins swimming nearby.

Your scenic cruise meanders past Mitre Peak and as you navigate the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, let the scenery transport you back to a time of magical wilderness with its towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys.

Before your cruise takes you back to the bay, learn about the local flora and fauna and hear some fascinating history and Maori legends from your expert guide.

If you upgrade for an additional coach tour to Milford Sound, you’re picked up from the closest bus stop to your hotel in Queenstown. Take a journey through the Fiordland National Park, listening to informative narration about the stunning scenery, and stop along the way to take photographs and do some short nature walks. 

Discover the optical illusion of the Avenue of Disappearing Mountains, which seem to sink into the surrounding beech forest. View Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel, and snap photos of majestic Mt. Tutoko, Fiordland National Park’s highest and most glaciated peak.

After the cruise, relax on board the coach, whilst we take you back to your pick up location.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fiordland National Park
Join one of New Zealand's most stunning scenic drives along the Milford highway, through the Eglington Valley and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. If coach option is selected, our experienced driver guides will share their extensive local knowledge on the myths, legends, flora and fauna relating to their beautiful backyard. Numerous stops are made along the journey for those all important scenic photos, as well as opportunities for short nature walks, encountering native wildlife, stunning natural rain forest, and glacier carved Alpine vistas. Cross the halfway point between the equator and the South Pole, see stunning views over Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel and descending into lush rainforest canyons.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Climb aboard a modern and spacious catamaran and immerse yourself in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Relax on our spacious viewing decks as you get up close and personal with luxuriant rain forests, cascading waterfalls and Fiordland's famous flora and fauna. The cruise travels the length of Milford Sound and out to the Tasman Sea where we can show passengers why Captain Cook failed to discover Milford Sound after charting all the other fiords of Fiordland National Park. Our famously friendly skipper and crew are on hand to share their wealth of local secrets, assist in those all important photos, and to join you for a refreshing glacial shower underneath the pristine Stirling Falls!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please ensure that a car seat or suitable restraint is brought for all passengers 4 years and under travelling on the coach to ensure their safety and safety of others
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY JUCY Cruise Milford Sound

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Other tours offered a small lunch box while on the cruise called High Tea." See review
  • "Great trip just a long bus journey, which can’t be helped." See review
  • "On the way back, we only had a 15-minute stop at Te Anau, so not much time for food and bathroom." See review

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Fantastic!!
Jewelia2711
, Nov 2020
A fantastic trip that everyone should make at least once in their life. Incredible scenery. Great guides too - Wayne was fantastic! Highly recommend this tour!
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poor viator coordination
Dennis_G
, Mar 2020
the bus ride was long but interesting. saw sights we may have missed if we had driven ourselves had the road been open. I'm most critical of Viators poor handling of our trip arrangements. Viator never informed us out 0945 tour was cancelled. If the great people at Jucy counter hadn't informed us that we had been rebooked we would have never known. sorry but can't give Viator any thing more than a damn poor review. doubt we will use your company again and will warn family and friends.
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AMAZING
Truedell_W
, Mar 2020
We decided to go on the coach and cruise tour,our driver and guide was great giving us history of the towns and places we drove through.It was a long day and if you have the chance I would fly back to Queenstown.Milford Sound is stunning and we had the sunshine all day.
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Really everything
Linda_B
, Mar 2020
Absolutely loved the coach trip down with juicy coaches then the boat trip was unbelievable We chose the option to fly back home from Milford sounds with southern omg it was in readable
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Milford Sounds
Lauren_S
, Feb 2020
Great trip just a long bus journey, which can’t be helped. Driver very knowledgeable and informative great photo stops along the way too.
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star-5
Awesome Milford Sound
vburgsteden
, Jan 2020
We took our tour from Te Anau which made the travel time in the bus shorter. Our driver was great giving us stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery and lots of history. Cruise into Milford Sound was jaw dropping. A great day.
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Lovely sights
Vivian Y
, Jan 2020
The bus tour included many stops to take pictures along the way and the cruise went through the beautiful Milford Sound. The included lunch was fairly unimpressive.
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star-5
Great location and well organised tour
Mansi H
, Dec 2019
Milford Sounds is by far the best place that we have visited in New Zealand. We were lucky enough to be visiting Milford sounds after rain as a result, there were a number of waterfalls with plenty of water. We enjoyed the bus drive as well as cruise. Thanks to JUCY for a great experience.
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Milford sounds in rainy day
farzadkhalilnejad
, Dec 2019
It was rainy day and not best weather condition However Jucy ground stuff were rather helpful and friendly
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star-5
An amazing experience
leanaesch
, Jul 2018
I did the Milford Sound cruise in July and fortunately had an extremely sunny day ! The 12-hour trip can seem a bit long but in fact, it is 100% worth it. The driver was great and we drove through the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. There were a lot of stops for photo opportunities which is definitely a plus. Milford Sound was breathtaking and the cruise enabled me to take some amazing photos. I recommend this day-tour to anyone who would like to see one of the most beautiful places on earth ! Moreover, the bus was really good and confortable for this journey.
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