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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

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Te Anau, New Zealand
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Travel along the spectacular Milford Road on a full-day Milford Sound tour from Te Anau. Have the chance to see native wildlife like the endangered kea (an alpine parrot), seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland crested penguin. Visit Gunns Camp, take short walks to beautiful sights including the Chasm and Marian Cascade, and take a sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound. Includes entrance fees, boat cruise with live commentary, morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Discover the beauty of Milford Sound on a full-day tour
  • See local wildlife including the Fiordland crested penguin
  • Take a sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
National Park fees
Coffee and/or Tea
Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Te Anau
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks
Lunch
Hotel Pick up from Manapouri (available by special arrangement. Additional costs may apply)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri (by special arrangement - please contact supplier after booking. Additional costs may apply)
Dates: Daily
Return point: Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour begins with morning pickup in Te Anau or Manapour and a scenic drive to Milford Sound.

Stop first at Te Anau Downs and view the sheltered harbor, Bluegum Bay, which sits opposite the Middle Fiord, the starting point for the Milford Track. Then, take in views of the Earl and Livingston Mountains at Eglinton Valley.

Take a short stroll along a boardwalk at Mirror Lakes to see beech forest and wetland pools. The 45th South Parallel marks the halfway point between the equator and the South Pole. 

Stop next at Cascade Creek, then the Hollyford Lookout, which overlooks the Hollyford Valley and Darren Mountains. Have the option to do the walk to Marian Cascade, which tumbles from Lake Marian before pulling into Gunn’s Camp for morning tea, followed by the historic museum and gift shop.

Get photo ops at Fall’s Creek and Monkey Creek, and if time allows, a quick walk leads to a point with views of the Gertrude Valley. Look for kea sightings at the east portal of the 4,166 foot (1,270 meter) long Homer Tunnel and pass through the scenic Cleddau Valley. During the last part of the journey to Milford Sound, take a short walk to The Chasm, rock formations that make up a 72-foot (22-meter) deep and narrow ravine cut by the Cleddau River.

Snap photos of Mt. Tutoko, the highest mountain in Fiordland, Tutoko Bridge, and Mt. Tutoko as a backdrop. Then arrive at the departure point for your cruise. Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound, keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals, and the Fiordland crested penguin.

Your tour ends with return to your accommodation.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fiordland Tours
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirror Lakes Walk
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

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.

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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 Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
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
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Good idea to do this tour from Te Anau rather than Queenstown as shorter drive means more stops can be included." See review
  • "I also think going during the winter is a plus - less people and with a little coolness and rain, it's a pleasure." See review
  • "There were only 10 people on this tour so that made it even more enjoyable." See review

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Tourism excellence
Hugh_Mc
, Mar 2020
Every aspect of the outing went perfectly. The guide/ driver was exceptionally Well erudite and sociable
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for the wonderful review, we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us.
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Great tour
yangyangliuzz
, Jan 2020
It is really a great tour. Well organized and very informative. Our guide is also great and we got a lot to see. He even got a child seat for us. Very thoughtful and thanks a lot
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for the fantastic review, we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us.
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Day tour to Milford Sound
Wendy S
, Nov 2018
Tony was a very entertaining, caring, knowledgeable and interesting guide. We really enjoyed the day and learned and saw a lot including all four seasons in a day! Because of the amount of rain the waterfalls were spectacular, the keas performed as they should, and the rain stopped for the Milford Sound boat tour which was wonderful. There were only 10 people on this tour so that made it even more enjoyable. Overall a fantastic day and we would highly recommend it.
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Beautiful weather for this...
Carolyn L
, Feb 2018
Beautiful weather for this excursion. The road to Milford sound was enjoyable with many interesting stops. The cruise in Milford sound was okay.
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Wonderful day out. Our tour guide...
Geraldine F
, Feb 2018
Wonderful day out. Our tour guide Johnno was very knowledgeable and personable. We had many picturesque stops on the way to Milford Sound and Milford Sound cruise itself was excellent. Good idea to do this tour from Te Anau rather than Queenstown as shorter drive means more stops can be included.
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From hotel pick up til drop off it...
Scooter5376
, Feb 2018
From hotel pick up til drop off it was perfect. Our driver guide, Ray was very knowledgeable and had a pleasant delivery. The ultimate trip featured a stop at an old construction camp for tea and a look into the past. The drive through Fiorland. Actionable Park, with stops for short walks was beautiful. The Milford Sound. Raise was breathtakingly beautiful. Staying TeAnau Malden the trip more leisurely than departing from Queenstown.
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Pictures don't do the scenery justice...
Karl P
, Jan 2018
Pictures don't do the scenery justice. Well worth the money.
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Tour driver is fantastic bringing us...
Poi Lin G
, Jan 2018
Tour driver is fantastic bringing us to lots of stop for sightseeing on the way to Milford sound cruise The Milford cruise was okay maybe because we had been to many countries doing cruises. Milford sound doesn’t seem that great to us. Sorry to say that.
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Excellent guide and very...
barbsadick
, Jan 2018
Excellent guide and very professional company. Despite a tire blow out, they were able to get another bus to our stranded group and rearrange our stops so that we got to see everything. And, the everything is amazing! Milford Sound is beautiful beyond words and all the stops before and after the boat ride were interesting and well explained by our wonderful guide, Ray. Highly recommended!
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From start to finish, this was an...
pammartin1405
, Dec 2017
From start to finish, this was an excellent tour. We were staying in Te Anau and were picked up from our hotel by Ray, a very knowledgeable, entertaining and super friendly guide/ driver. There were just 12 of us on the minibus, just right to give a personal feel to the journey. We were given a map of our route, to and from the cruise, which detailed all the stops along the way. These were a really good mix of scenic photo opportunities and short walks into the bush to see more beautiful scenery. We loved the 'pit stop' at Gunn's Camp and appreciated the coffe,tea and date scones that Ray expertly provided. The cruise itself was everything we hoped utterly beautiful scenery and a feeling of peace and tranquility. The boat was small enough not to feel part of a tourist rat race and large enough to give everyone plenty of viewing space. The commentary was knowledgeable and engaging. This really is a fantastic trip and we ended the day with the feeling that we had made lots of superb memories.

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