We had a clear day and Milford Sound was amazing. Saw dolphins, penguins, and seals. The waterfalls were great. And, if the Captain says, You my get wet, - you should heed his warning. The bus ride over with Marty on the BBQ bus was very relaxing and well thought-out. Totally enjoyable experience.
We selected this from a plethora of available tours and hoped for the best,,, we got it fortunately. This is a small bus tour which was truly wonderful. The bus is able to visit spots coaches can't and is ini matey cosy and comfy.
Marty... The Owner/Driver was exceptional. Not only did he provide a service above and beyond that expected, his knowledge of conservation through past employment, of the area and attractions and commentary all round was outstanding. It was a pleasure to be onboard.
The cruise, well it is just simply a must to do in life, enough said. Our boat also was a smaller one than the huge commercial ones, again this is a bonus as it can get into the Waterfulls, and far more intimate and enjoyable for the passengers.
The BBQ lunch on this booking is terrific... Others looked in desperation as we indulged!
Fantastic day trip. Our driver was funny, informative and cooked a mean BBQ. His conservationist background meant we were given all kinds information that really made you appreciate the whole experience. A definite must do if you visit Queenstown. We had a car and could have done the drive on our own but doing it this way was stress free and so enjoyable.
Great trip. Small tour with more personal feel than the meg-buses. Very convenient hotel pick-up and dropped us off at another spot upon request. If you plan to tour Milford Sound while in Queenstown, I highly recommend this tour.
Unbelievable! The views and scenery were magnificent and we learned so much about New Zealand! I would highly recommend this journey!
This tour was just amazing. Our guide was very friendly, funny and extremely knowledgable. We loved how small the group was! Would 100% recommend :)
A must see if you are going to New Zealand. Our guide Nigel was wonderful and so informative. Would definitely do this tour again.
Words can't describe how beautiful this was. Nigel was great. I Highty recommend it.
Absolutely fantastic. Scenery amazing.
Long day trip from Queenstown, but oh so worth it.
Lovely BBQ lunch, Nigel our driver very informative and great fun.
Marty was absolutely phenomenal. He showed us some really cool sights and was a great ride along the way. He more than accommodated everyone's requests and we made frequent but not too many stops along the way. Others have already said this in previous reviews but taking the BBQ Bus helped provide a much more intimate experience for us. I had the opportunity to get to know the other amazing people in our group and some of us even hung out after we got back from the tour. Marty stopped at some really beautiful spots for photos and the boat ride was perfect - it felt full, but not overwhelming. We had ample space to walk around the boat to catch 360 views of Milford Sound. Also, unlike many/most other tour guides and companies, Marty didn't try to up sell us on anything. Try out the BBQ Bus - you won't regret it!
Nigel did a wonderful job providing fascinating insights on the trip. The small group tour allowed us to hike some trails rather than just following the herd on the larger coaches. Nigel prepared a delicious BBQ lunch with diverse meats and salads.
I would recommend to anyone who wants a thorough trip to Milford sound! Sooo good
Great experience in every way, glad we went with the smaller vehicle, fewer people, friendly guide.
If you want to see Milford Sound on a tour from Queenstown, you MUST book this one! Awesome guides, awesome bbq and awesome commentary while driving!
I was so excited about visiting Milford Sound and not only did this trip meet all my expectations, it far exceeded them.
Before I begin
- Yes, it is a long day we were picked up at 7:30am and dropped off at 8:30pm and we were the last and first respectively
- Yes, the weather is unpredictable and you may get sun, rain, clouds, wind, etc.
- YES, IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!!
Our driver was Marty and he was absolutely fantastic. From the moment he picked us up to the moment he dropped us off, he was friendly, chatty, and provided a wealth of information. We did part of the same drive we'd done the day before, but it was far richer for all the history, facts, and local stories.
One of my favourite things about this tour is that it's as much about the journey as the destination. Some of the pit stops along the way were GORGEOUS and a great way to break up the long drive. Considering the ever-changing, winding, steep road and huge distance from Queenstown, we were so glad to have someone experienced at the wheel - it meant we could relax and take in the breathtaking scenery and surrounds.
We stopped at Cascade Creek for lunch and it was utterly serene the mountains, the babbling water, the flora surrounding us. Then there was lunch itself chicken marinated in mango and sweet chili sauce, lamb skewers, sausages, fresh bread, pasta salad, and fruit juice.
The small group means more frequent stops and a MUCH more intimate experience. I believe we had 14 people on the bus and not many more on the boat, making for a wonderful cruise experience. We were able to access every vantage point to see the fur seals, spot rainbows, and literally stand under a waterfall. I can't compare the experience of sailing through the fjords to anything else I've ever seen or done it's untouched and seems like another world.
Thank you so much, Marty, it was an unforgettable day and experience - and one we're still daydreaming about!
Outstanding in every way. Plenty of stops, personal attention, and the small group size meant our vehicle and boat could get close in to places the big groups couldn't. This tour took full advantage of the amazing Milford Sound, and the lunch was great too.
We really enjoyed our tour guide Marty. We also enjoyed being on a smaller bus with fewer people. The BBQ was an added bonus.The tour was very scenic and Milford Sound was beautiful even in the rain.
BBQ bus made the experience much more personal than booking with the large coach tours. Stopped off on route through the National Park at various points to appreciate the magnificent views. BBQ lunch at a lovely site, where only cars and mini buses could reach. Boat tour on the Milford Sound was awe inspiring, the most stunning scenery. Great host who was packed with information and was great fun.
A long day but enjoyed every moment.
One of the best tours we have ever been on! Nigel the tour guide was outstanding in his knowledge of the area and lots more besides! The scenery was amazing and the BBQ lunch provided was delicious, would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see New Zealand at its best.
We booked as a couple but one of us was unwell and couldn't go at the last moment.My wife thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was made very special by the experienced and knowledgeable ecologist who runs this excursion. This is a long day and a small group led by an enthusiast compensates for what could be tiring travel to Milford. Tremendous value but above all a trip that really helps one to understand the ecology of New Zealand and Fjordland through the personal touch.
This was an awesome tour. the bar b q bus was awesome. The driver/ guide ws great. we had a great bar b q lunch in the Fiordland Nat park, we had a small group so it was very intimate. We also wet on the Milford sound in a small group so were able to take in all the sights without being crowded out. it was well worth it to have the small group. and the bar b q was wonderfully delicious.
This is a great tour. Our tour guide Nigel was exceptional. We had a great day out. I would recommend this trip.
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