• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible
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Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a three-deck vessel. The 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders take you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.


  • Milford Sound cruise and optional coach tour
  • Travel by coach through beautiful Fiordland National Park (if option selected)
  • Admire stunning landscapes and glacial scenery at one of the world’s most scenic locations
  • Spot New Zealand seals relaxing on the rocks
  • See the splash of waterfalls cascading from an ancient rainforest

What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour

Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour

For the cruise-only option step aboard the three deck vessel and enjoy a scenic cruise along the spectacular Milford Sound. Admire towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys. Feel the spray from the waterfalls that cascade from an ancient rainforest high in the mountains and look out for New Zealand fur seal colonies and dolphins swimming nearby.
Your 1.5 hour cruise meanders past Mitre Peak and as you navigate the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, let the scenery transport you back to a time of magical wilderness with its towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys.
Before your cruise takes you back to the bay, learn about the local flora and fauna and hear some fascinating history and Maori legends from your expert guide.
If you upgrade for an additional coach tour to Milford Sound, you’re picked up from the closest bus stop to your hotel in Queenstown. Take a journey through the Fiordland National Park, listening to informative narration about the stunning scenery, and stop along the way to take photographs and do some short nature walks. 
Discover the optical illusion of the Avenue of Disappearing Mountains, which seem to sink into the surrounding beech forest. View Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel, and snap photos of majestic Mt Tutoko, Fiordland National Park’s highest and most glaciated peak.
Meet at the wharf for your 1.5 hour cruise on board the Maiden of Milford 
After the cruise, relax on board the coach, whilst we take you back to your pick up location.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Beautiful area of the world. Long day of 12 hours on curvy roads but our driver kept good narration and lovely stops along the route to the sound. Other tours offered a small lunch box while on the cruise called High Tea. Our driver was able to find us two lunches when two others didn't make the trip. Viator should include this in their trip. A highlight of our 3 weeks in New Zealand. So glad we chose this tour.

Cameron R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

most stunning place on the planet

Lili W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had a humorous, witty and knowledgeable driver/ tour guide from Jucy named Eric. He ensured everyone in the coach was comfortable throughout the day. Worth the journey to marvel at mother nature's beauty.

Di H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wow! What a world wonder! Is still as magnificent as I remembered 20years ago when I was here.
This time I booked through aviator, A very organized company, the coach was very comfortable and on time and made many interesting stops, I especially have to mention if you are lucky enough to travel with driver/guide Karl,
He is full of knowledge about the area, telling us in a very enthusiastically manner, made the 12 hour trip very enjoyable and not long at all.

Rashmi D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

everything was great

Catherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This cruise is highly recommended and I would be glad to do it again. The drive to Milford Sound is very enjoyable too. You will need a warm jacket, preferably waterproof, and your camera.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

driver was very knowledgeable. whole trip very good. nice stops along the way.

Barbara N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great day out. After spending nearly a month travelling around NZ my sister rates this as the best day of our trip and we had many good days. This was my second trip to Milford Sound in the last couple of years and I really enjoyed it again.

gillian g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Coach collected us from outside our hotel. Unfortunately didn't drop us off there on our return but fairly centrally in town. Stopped at interesting places en route and for coffee stops etc. Not an easy drive so very pleased we chose this trip. Driver was full of fascinating facts and information. Milford sound was magnificent! Kept to time and was a most enjoyable day trip.

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