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Take a cruise on Milford Sound, arguably the most scenic destination on New Zealand’s South Island, during this day trip from Te Anau. En route, you’ll tour the features of Fiordland National Park, home to untouched alpine forest, pristine waterways, glaciers and soaring peaks. Experience sightseeing stops and bush walks before a 1.5-hour boat excursion, including a buffet lunch and narration by a well-versed guide. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience.


  • Full-day tour of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from Te Anau
  • Cruise the majestic Milford Sound for 1.5 hours
  • Take the opportunity for extended bush walks
  • Dig into a BBQ lunch at Cascade Creek or on board the boat
  • Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities and guided commentary
  • Small-group tour operates with a maximum of 15 passengers for an intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Te Anau

What to Expect

After departing Te Anau, the scenery really begins as you are driven along Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. Upon entering the Fiordland National Park, travel alongside the Eglington River to three mountain lakes at the head of the Eglington Valley. You will make the fist of our many sightseeing stops that also allow for some great photo opportunities and you have a couple of different locations for lunch and will endeavor to select the best spot on the day. There are some fantastic walks in the area and this is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful alpine beech forest up close.

After lunch you head towards the Homer Tunnel, taking in some incredible mountain views while driving along side the crystal clear waters of the Hollyford river. You will make some great scenic stops along this stretch of the road, at his time of day there are few other buses on the road. Once through the Homer Tunnel, you will wind our way down the Cleddau Valley. At this time you arrive in an area called Fiordland but are visiting a "Sound", the difference will be explained.

You link up with a scenic cruise for a 1.45 hour excursion on the fjord.

The barbecue lunch includes a classic Kiwi BBQ of marinated lamb kebabs, chicken kebabs and sausages, a good range of salads, fresh bread and fruit juice. Vegetarian patties are available on request. Please be sure to specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Important Note: During the months of May to October the itinerary for this tour will be modified. In place of the BBQ lunch enroute to Milford Sound, the tour will include a full scenic cruise with a free BBQ lunch on board the cruise boat.

Customer Reviews

Alan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent, Good Guide, Good bbq Lunch, Excellent Weather and a Wonderfull cruise.

Timothy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was a great day trip, even though the weather (typically for Fiordland) was damp and rainy. Nick produced a great barbecue at a time when the rain had stopped, and the whole day went very well. The rain made Milford Sound very dramatic, and the waterfalls were amazing. We met some keas at the Homer Tunnel, and also a weka. I would heartily recommend this BBQ Bus tour.

Kris T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We had a really great day out with excellent guidance from our hosts and spectacular views! Enjoyed the BBQ!

Terrence R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

What a great day. Chris the driver was excellent. Stopped en route at great places to take pictures.and gave an excellent commentary on history and local facts. BBQ was fantastic and he even supplied sun bloc and insect repellent if required. Excellent value for money, highly recommended.

vanessa p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

excellent day.the bbq bus is a great idea and the bus driver/guide/cook are very versatile.plenty of information about the area and loads of ppictures stops.we were blessed with the weather it had been raining for almost a week before our trip and the day we went it was just perfect.the mirror lakes are stunning as was milford sound.make sure to keep plenty of room on sim card in camera and batteries for it as almost the entire journey is a photograhers delight.the cruise is an excellent way to see all of milford sound.i would def recommend this to anyone who is interested in seeing milford.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Smaller bus able to stop more frequently for photo ops also access an area that a large coach cannot. Loved the commentary, very informative without being excessive or patronising. Fab cruise as always. Perfect timing for pick up and drop off. A friendly more intimate way to do Milford.

Kim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

This trip was amazing from start to finish. The Bus driver was so friendly, the lunch was fantastic, heaps of stops to check out the beautiful scenery. Loved it!!

Ross T M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

What a great day, Chris our driver was informative, knowledgeable and funny, everything you need in a driver. Oh and did I mention he is a great chef, the BBQ was delicious, even the possum snags, yeh good one Chris. A big day for Chris, but he made our day memorable. Being on a smaller bus meant we stopped at places the coaches couldn't, which meant more photo opportunities, If you get the chance,do it !

Brenton S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

This has to be the best milford sound daytrip we found. the guide/driver was very polite and friendly, and was always to keen to take pictures for you. there was only 5 of us in the minibus so had plenty of room and got to move alot faster than a traditional large coach tour.
the places we stopped along the way for a walk or pictures was brilliant and the bbq lunch was beautiful (even by aussie standards!)the cruise itself was ok, we had really bad weather unfortunetly but was very accomodating none the less.. we had our own prebooked table and free tea/coffee for the cruise. i would thouroughly recommend this tour for any milford sound trip

Mrs Roslyn M P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Great day, hosts informative and friendly. delicious lunch and spectacular drive in and out of Milford Sound. Most relaxing and enjoyable day!

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