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Escape the crowds of Milford Sound as you cruise through the popular glacier-carved fjord on a full-day excursion, round-trip from Te Anau. The 1.5-hour Milford Sound morning boat trip glides past stunning sights like Mitre Peak, situated in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. En route, stop for short walks at scenic spots like Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. Enjoy small-group transport by mini-coach, limited to 19 people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide. Includes lunch plus hotel pickup and drop-off.


  • Small-group full-day tour to Milford Sound, from Te Anau
  • Travel by comfortable mini-coach with an informative guide who points out notable sights throughout your journey
  • Take a boat cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound for a stunning up-close experience of this magnificent locale
  • Learn about Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from your boat captain’s informative commentary
  • Stop at scenic spots en route to and from Milford Sound
  • Enjoy the in-depth knowledge provided by guides who have worked with the national park service
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people permits you to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Milford Sound Day Trip and Cruise from Te Anau

Milford Sound Cruise

After a convenient hotel pickup by mini-coach, depart Te Anau in the morning for the 2.5-hour drive to Milford Sound. Stop with your small group at Mirror Lakes for a photo break, and hear interesting narration about the regional flora and fauna from your guide en route to the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park.

On arrival, join other travelers for a 1.5-hour Milford Sound cruise before the crowds descend upon this Eighth Wonder of the World. Peer through the boat’s large viewing windows inside the cabin, or get fresh air on the spacious outdoor decks. Your skipper provides illuminating commentary while several naturalists on board point out marine life as you search the icy waters for penguins, bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.

Focus your eye on cascading waterfalls and the 5,550-foot-tall (1,692-meter) Mitre Peak before your return trip to Te Anau. You’ll have lunch and stop to explore several scenic spots on foot, such as the Chasm nature trail, Lake Gunn and the stunning Eglinton Valley, before drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Andrew N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent trip. Great bus driver, very knowledgeable and informative about all sites to and from Milford Sound.

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Such an amazing area, everywhere you look it's stunning


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide Simon was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. We learnt so much about the area that we wouldn't have learnt if we'd just driven to Milford ourselves. Overall it was a great experience and well worth it!

Edward C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip with a very good guide. Simon was knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining. Although Milford Sound was beautiful, I probably enjoyed the drive there and back even more. We stopped at scenic sights, took a couple of short strolls around the mirror ponds and to cascades in the bush and had a chance to play with Kea birds. Very glad we chose this company for the trip rather than doing it on our own.

James N United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Perfect trip. 33 passenger bus was just right for the trip.
Arrived early and did not have to put up with mobs that arrived around 12:00 to do the same tour.

Keith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent day trip - would recommend

Charles H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

As a general rule you either travel the sound in rain and see many beautiful waterfalls or have no rain and no waterfalls. We loved seeing the waterfalls as they are the beauty of the sound.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Must do! We had a guide going around for years. He knew a lot and he told us a lot. Little group so lots of time to have very nice stops and take pictures. The Soundtrip was in the sun so unforgetable. Very nice and almost a whole day trip. Relaxed and fun too!

Caroline E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent. Really informative driver. Excellent organisation. Stunning trip. Would highly recommend this trip.

jamesnisbet24 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was brilliant, the small group idea worked perfectly as when disembarking from the coach you were not waiting around when we had to move on. Coach driver was great, very informative and a good sense of humour. Boat was perfect as again their was not too many people so all in all would really recommend this trip.

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