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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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  • 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise by Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
  • Explore the beauty of Mildford Sound and Fiordland National Park on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Relax and enjoy the sites of Mildford Sound on a sightseeing cruise
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes
  • Includes hassle-free, round-trip transportation

What's Included

  • 1-hour 45-minute sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Glass-roofed coach with free WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Athol Street, Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

After you’re picked up at your hotel, settle in aboard a comfortable coach with panoramic windows and begin your Milford Sound tour from Queenstown. This day trip departs the shore of Lake Wakatipu, situated against the jagged backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, and makes a stop in Te Anau for morning tea (own expense). 

On arrival at the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park, step off the coach at the Mirror Lakes. Snap photos of this natural roadside attraction before passing through the Hollyford Valley. Your coach then enters the Homer Tunnel, emerging above the Cleddau Valley, where you’ll follow a footbridge over the Cleddau River to the Chasm to view the river’s turbulent whirlpools.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board the luxurious catamaran. Throughout the 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, listen to expert commentary about the pristine environment and natural landmarks such as Mitre Peak. Rising dramatically to a height of 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) above sea level, it’s one of many towering cliffs carved by a massive glacier in the last ice age.

Pass cascading waterfalls, and search for birdlife and marine mammals including New Zealand fur seals in addition to penguins and pods of dolphins. Gourmet Buffet lunch is included on your cruise, before you’re returned by coach to your Queenstown hotel.


Tour departs from this location

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Lake Wakatipu (Pass By)

oLake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand and the third largest. Wakatipu is a Maori word meaning, ‘Hollow of the Demon’. The lake has an unusual rhythmic rise and fall in the water level, approximately 12cm every 5 minutes. In Maori legend this strange rhythmic rise and fall of the water level, is said to be the beating heart of a monster from the deep depths of the lake.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

Like everyone says it is a big day but absolutely worth the effort.
Be kind to your fellow travellers and get back to the bus by the time he tells you to - you need to listen.
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Maria_Z, Jun 2022
Milford Sound was great. And thanks to Paul for all the information shared about the places during the journey. Nice guy!
Kelvin_E, Jun 2022
Gr8 trip, driver was awesome, loved his humor. Meet some great people. Long trip home but good time to catch up on sleep. The sounds was absolutely beautiful.
David our guide was very...
Lei_Z, May 2022
David our guide was very supportive and looking after us all the way through.Thank you for your sense of humor, your caring for us and everyone and your hard work, hope you enjoyed the time post a 14 hour trip!
Awesome Day
Wendy_Y, May 2022
We have been all over the world and this has got to be one of our favorite bus trips we have been on the views where absolutely amazing the boat trip also amazing. Our tour guide Paulie potatoes was so knowledgeable and very friendly..just a great day all round definitely a must if you are going to Queenstown.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Well worth it
Natasha_A, May 2022
The coach was warm and our driver was full of fun facts. The cruise was amazing. Well worth it. If you come to this area need to make the trek
Very enjoyable day
Priscilla_M, May 2022
Milford Sound is breathtakingly beautiful and this is the perfect way to see it from Queenstown if you dont want to drive and can't afford flying. Bus is very comfortable and the driver very friendly. Cruise was brilliant, plenty of photo opportunities, we saw waterfalls, dolphins and a seal. Everything went smoothly and I highly recommend it.
Loved the tour!
Sam_C, May 2022
Milford sound is absolutely stunning, loved the fairy falls and seeing the wildlife. Pauly potatoes was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and accommodating. Pointed out all the interesting things along the way and also gave us time to snooze after an early start. Highly recommend this tour if you want to see the beauty of fjordland national park and learn alot about native wildlife.
Amazing must visit Milford sound tour.
Nishika_L, May 2022
The best Milford sound experience we had. Our tour guide/driver Ian was amazing and very helpful. He gave us a lot of information and also clicked amazing photos for us. Must visit and highly recommend. Very smooth driving and the bus was great. Please carry snacks if u feel hungry.
Magnificent Milford Sound
Eduardo_Y, May 2022
The whole vista of Milford Sound right from entering the Sound. The hanging garden and the cascading waterfalls
1 traveler found this review helpful
One of the World Wonders
mohanan_K, May 2022
This Trip will remember for ever, The Coach driver was very friendly, we will visit again. The trip from Queenstown to Milford sound was million dollar views, If you have not done this trip then you miss something in your life.
Awesome from start to finish
Phil_B, Apr 2022
Bus driver was great. Friendly and knowledgeable. Boat trip was awesome. Sights like never before. I have already recommended this trip to others.
Postcard perfect
Melanie_H, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Ian is amazing person, approachable, funny and easy going. Felt safe and comfortable with his driving skills. We appreciate all the stops and photo opportunities. I would highly recommend this trip and would strongly suggest they request Ian as their guide and driver. Packed lunch was delicious with a good range of tasty treats.
Mitford is a wonderful experience you should try when you are in Queenstown
Edwin_G, Mar 2022
This is a wonderful place that you will enjoy and get relaxed when you see the view and awesome falls in this beautiful place.
We booked a trip in a...
ashlea_m, Feb 2022
We booked a trip in a luxury bus with glass roof and wifi and what showed up was a van the trip was very uncomfortable and cramped. Our picnic lunch was that of a primary school trip with a juice box Le snack and bread roll none of us ate due to the look of it. Over all very disappointing. However once on the boat it was excellent such a beautiful place and the driver of the bus was very informed on the area and made it a great learning experience
Tembei_M, Feb 2022
The whole day was simply amazing and just when you thought you'd seen something beautiful, another beautiful scene came along. It was a long drive from Queenstown to Milford on the coach (4ish hours) but we made stops for comfort breaks and to look at some amazing scenic spots. One of the highlights as our driver and tour guide, Paul - he gave an entertaining, knowledgeable commentary. The Milford cruise was equally incredible and the staff on the boat were excellent aswell. The boat went all the way to the Tasman sea and came back. Milford Sound itself is as stunning as people say it it. The only thing that I would improve on for next time is the lunch. It was very carb heavy and only had 1 piece of fruit. But overall, a great day. Definitely worth the money and I feel that, relative to the value I received from it, it was actually under priced!
We come from Rotorua it...
Harbhajan_S, Feb 2022
We come from Rotorua it so nice and beatiful place and bus drivers so niece and way of talking is good and very helpful i think he is last name potatoes . If next time we than we go again on this trip
Excellent road trip,...
James_M, Feb 2022
Excellent road trip, coach driver was super friendly and full of local knowledge, very entertaining. Definitely a must do!!!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Amazing experience
Adam_N, Jan 2022
Amazing experience would recommend to anyone to go and enjoy our beautiful country. Dave the bus driver also made the experience with his chat.
Alphonse_P, Jan 2022
Our coach and tour guide is Paulie. He is both an excellent driver and very knowledgeable tour guide. He gave very clear instructions to us and explained the reasons underlying each in a friendly, positive manner and made our 10-hour trip very comfortable. Together with the cruise skipper and staff, they made our journey once-in-a-lifetime experience deep in the heart on New Zealand. The only thing that can be improved is the lunch - if only warm food(s) can be included in the pack. Otherwise, I enjoyed the adventure very much!
Wonderful trip to Milford Sound
Jenny_D, Jan 2022
The temporary waterfalls on the way , the monkey creek with natural drinking water and the awesome cruise
Response from Host, May 2022
Kia ora Jenny, Travelling into Milford Sound after some rain makes for some amazing scenery with the temporary waterfalls! Glad you had an awesome time with us.


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