Queenstown, New Zealand
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13 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, the Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You’ll also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu — New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau — the South Island’s the largest lake. Includes a delicious barbecue lunch and stops for sightseeing throughout the day.
  • Full-day small-group tour to Milford Sound with sightseeing cruise, from Queenstown
  • Enjoy nearly two hours on a boat that cruises through the Milford Sound
  • Snap photos and take optional walks during scenic stops along the route
  • Pass the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Te Anau and other beautiful locales
  • Admire the incredible scenery while the pros handle the driving
  • Snack on a delicious barbecue lunch served in a picturesque location
  • Soak in the natural beauty of Fiordland National Park and the Milford Sound with a small group limited to 15 people

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Overland travel means discovering scenery at a slower pace with photo stops, bush walks, and a BBQ lunch.

Reviews

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m
, Jan 2019

Hotel pick up was timely and convenient. Multiple scenic stops along the way including restroom stop each way. Driver very pleasant humorous and informative. Lunch was delicious served at an historic cabins maintained somewhat in their original state from the gold rush days. Boat crew were friendly and chatty. While a long day this is an iconic New Zealand outing that should not be missed...pack a snack for the way home...

J
, Dec 2018

I booked this trip as a solo traveler and chose this one initially on the appeal that it was a smaller group and that it'd likely be a better and more intimate way to see Milford Sound and the trip went beyond expectations.Rob was an incredible guide and while some might argue that the drive is something you could easily do yourself in a hire car the local knowledge and experience that Rob brought to the trip can't be undervalued - plus, you get to spend the whole trip looking out at the scenery instead of focusing on the road.Being a smaller group we had the ability to stop more frequently for photos and scenic points of interest than the larger coaches and our boat cruise of Milford was also on a smaller vessel than the big coaches would have had to book, which meant a more relaxed and intimate tour of the sound itself.The BBQ part of the trip was also great. I dropped a note that I was vegetarian and was perfectly catered to. Don't let dietary restrictions stop you from considering this tour.All in all, after taking this tour with Rob as our guide I wouldn't even imagine recommending any other tour to anyone visiting the area and wanting to see Milford. He was quick to point out any wildlife we came across and brought a great mix of humor and information to the journey out and back.

j
, Nov 2018

We travelled on the BBQ bus a few days ago to Milford Sound. What a beautiful place to see, a must do if you go to New Zealand. However, we found out the day of the tour that the boat that would normally take us out on the cruise was not operating, therefore we could not have a BBQ lunch, instead we were on a much larger cruise boat with a provided buffet lunch which was absolutely terrible. We definately did not get what we paid for. If we knew that we were not getting a BBQ lunch, then we would have cancelled our tour and driven out ourselves! We would have saved a whole lot of money doing so as well as the tour was very expensive. Overall, it was a nice but long day trip. But we were riding a BBQ bus that did not provide a BBQ and we booked this trip for that reason. So pretty disappointing in the end, but you must visit Milford Sound!

P
, Oct 2018

Rob was an excellent tour guide. He had a great sense of humor, and was very informative. The BBQ lunch was very nice. The scenery was fantastic. A great way to spend a day on the South Island of NZ

C
, Oct 2018

This was one of the best tours i have joined so far. Our guide graham gave us really good insight about the area and made sure we stopped at the amazing sites.

J
, Sep 2018

Some have said that the weather variables make for iffy trip. We experienced nothing but fabulous views for the entire trip. Our guide was so entertaining that we almost took our eyes off the scenery along the way. He was also a great cook and prepared our lunch at yet another scenic stop. We could have transported ourselves since we had a rental car, but are happy we didn't. A very relaxing and interesting trip that would have been a real effort without the tour guide.

A
, Jul 2018

Fabulous tour with a small group in a large van. Our driver prepared a grilled picnic lunch along the way and also gave fabulous information as we travelled from Queenstown to Milford Sound. When we arrived at the Sound, our driver secured our tickets for the hour long boat ride among the fabulous fjords. Highly recommend taking this tour.

F
, Jul 2018

I don' recommend going with this tour.

First of all, The bus was small Mini Bus, it's not like the other large tour buses and it's certainly not suitable for a long trip. The food was below ok, just skewers of chicken or meat with little side dishes. and the most important comment I have is the DRIVING! it's so terrible that we've got motion sickness! I don't ever get motion sick in a vehicle but I did with this tour. be very considerate if your going to choose this tour and keep in mind you'll spend A LOT of time in the bus. other than that the stops on the way were great Short stops, like just a few minutes. the barbecue stop is longer of course and it was in an amazing spot so expect lot's of photography opportunities. No need to talk about Milford sound of course, that place was like heaven.

L
, Jun 2018

I went on this tour in Oct. 2016, it was our first time visiting New Zealand. Our driver, Nigel, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I can not recommend this tour enough! Nigel taught us a lot on local history and the local wildlife and plants.

K
, Jun 2018

Was such a great trip! The driver was extremely knowledgeable and so fun! He was very entertaining and was great about taking us to some stops that were not busy with tourists so we were able to get great photos! The lunch he brought was very tasty! The boat was also great! It was such beautiful scenery and you could either sit outside or inside if it was too cool. The driver even brought us up to some waterfalls and those at the front of the boat could stand under it! We also decide to take a helicopter ride back instead of the bus back per a recommendation from our driver and that flight was amazing!! Best decision of our lives! Worth every penny! The scenery you see from that flight is just amazing!


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