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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

Queenstown, New Zealand
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1 hour 30 minutes to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a three-deck vessel. This sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders take 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
For the cruise-only option step aboard the three 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 rainforest 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.

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An amazing experience
, 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.
Beautiful area of the world. Long...
Jon C
, Feb 2018
Beautiful area of the world. Long day of 12 hours on curvy roads but our driver kept good narration and lovely stops along the route to the sound. Other tours offered a small lunch box while on the cruise called High Tea. Our driver was able to find us two lunches when two others didn't make the trip. Viator should include this in their trip. A highlight of our 3 weeks in New Zealand. So glad we chose this tour.
Very long trip- I wish the booking...
Amanda J
, Jan 2018
Very long trip- I wish the booking warned about this. I didn't realize it would be a 12-hour day from Queenstown. Milford Sound was beautiful. The weather left more to be desired but we have no control over these things! While it was 80 degrees in Queenstown, Milford Sound was much cooler and rainier. We had a quick 30-minute lunch break in Te Anau. Pitas were available for purchase on the cruise. On the way back, we only had a 15-minute stop at Te Anau, so not much time for food and bathroom. I recommend packing snacks.
The bus driver/tour guide was very...
Jennifer L
, Nov 2017
The bus driver/tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area, we very much enjoyed his commentary during the drive to Milford Sound! The bus was a bit crammed and did not have the glass ceiling that other tours offer hard to figure out from the available documentation provided. The boat was fine, a Pita Pit and a small coffee shop inside for food/drive if you feel like purchasing or a small stand of hot water/tea bags for free. The Sound was BEAUTIFUL! We unfortunately didn't get to see any whales, but we did see some seals and some teeeeeny tiny penguins way off in the distance! It was a rainy/drizzly/overcast day, obviously not the tour company's fault, so all in all we enjoyed the trip. We sprang for the propeller flight back to Queenstown, which was freaking AMAZEBALLS. I think it was the best part! The views are just so awe-inspiring, we knew it would be a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience, so we dug deep in our pocketbooks for the chance. I did not find this information when I was searching, so just FYI: The tour bus picked us up at about 8am or thereabouts. We arrived at the pier for the boat tour around 3pm and the boat tour finished around 5pm. The bus would not have returned us back to Queenstown until well after 10pm! That includes various photo stops on the way in and a VERY short break at a fairly expensive rest stop to quickly grab a snack both on the way in and the way out. Because we took the flight back rather than the bus, we got back to Queenstown just after 6pm. About 20 of the reason we paid for the flight was just to save ourselves 5 hours of bus time!
We had a humorous, witty and...
Lili W
, Oct 2017
We had a humorous, witty and knowledgeable driver/ tour guide from Jucy named Eric. He ensured everyone in the coach was comfortable throughout the day. Worth the journey to marvel at mother nature's beauty.
Wow! What a world wonder! Is still...
Di H
, Feb 2017
Wow! What a world wonder! Is still as magnificent as I remembered 20years ago when I was here. This time I booked through aviator, A very organized company, the coach was very comfortable and on time and made many interesting stops, I especially have to mention if you are lucky enough to travel with driver/guide Karl, He is full of knowledge about the area, telling us in a very enthusiastically manner, made the 12 hour trip very enjoyable and not long at all.
Any trip riding a bus for up to 4...
Gary N
, Feb 2017
Any trip riding a bus for up to 4 hours each way can be a little much but the scenery and commentary from Carl our driver made it worth it. New Zealand is just one awesome scene after another and this trip gives you lots. It would have been nice to know we should have pre booked our seats to sit together but half way another guest offered to switch so it worked out. There is an opportunity after the Boat trip to come back by Plane or Helicopter which looked pretty inviting, especially after a 4 hour bus ride. We came back to Queenstown by Helicopter even stopping on a glacier on the way back. Expensive but awesome. I would certainly recommend this tour as compared to driving yourself. It is a long day but worth the cost of the tour.
Although it's the not the tour's...
William G
, Dec 2016
Although it's the not the tour's fault that heavy rain and mist lasted the entire day, it still was a disappointment for us not be able to see any clear view of the sound during this trip. We did get to see some interesting scenery e.g. water fall flowing upward caused by the blowing wind, but overall I was not able to take any photos like the one seen in the description. Highly not recommend going in the spring due to the higher chance of rain.
We were lucky enough to have great...
Diane M
, Nov 2016
We were lucky enough to have great weather at Milford Sound and our driver entertained us all the way. Recommend returning by helicopter if you can, you will never forget those views!
Long but scenic drive with few...
Natalia K
, Oct 2016
Long but scenic drive with few stops for taking pictures and refreshments. Milford sound cruise is very beautiful. The only problem: comment on board were very difficult to understand due to bad sound system and very strong wind.

Product code: 5634MILFORD

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