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On this full-day Milford Sound tour from Queenstown, enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour journey aboard the ‘Pride of Milford’ cruise boat. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise past Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound. 

Highlights

  • Explore the beauty of Mildford Sound and Fiordland National Park on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Explore the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park on your 1.5-hour Mildford Sound sightseeing cruise
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes
  • View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound. It rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.
  • Experience The Chasm on a short but impressive walk over footbridges and see a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids

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What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

Milford Road, Milford Sound

After you’re picked up at your hotel, settle in aboard a comfortable coach with panoramic windows and begin your Milford Sound tour from Queenstown. This day trip departs the shore of Lake Wakatipu, situated against the jagged backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, and makes a stop in Te Anau for morning tea (own expense). 

On arrival at the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park, step off the coach at the Mirror Lakes. Snap photos of this natural roadside attraction before passing through the Hollyford Valley. Your coach then enters the Homer Tunnel, emerging above the Cleddau Valley, where you’ll follow a footbridge over the Cleddau River to the Chasm to view the river’s turbulent whirlpools.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board the Pride of Milford, a 112-foot-long (34-meter) catamaran. Throughout the 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, listen to expert commentary about the pristine environment and natural landmarks such as Mitre Peak. Rising dramatically to a height of 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) above sea level, it’s one of many towering cliffs carved by a massive glacier in the last ice age.

Pass cascading waterfalls, and search for birdlife and marine mammals including New Zealand fur seals in addition to penguins and pods of dolphins. If you opted for a provided lunch, open your snack box (sandwich roll, cheese, crackers and fruit) or dig into a buffet lunch of international dishes, before you’re returned by coach to your Queenstown hotel.

Customer Reviews

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a great day to spend a day! Our driver, I believe his name was Mario or Marco, was very insightful and made the ride fantastic. The scenery on the way to Milford Sound through Fjordland National Park was drop dead gorgeous. The boat ride was also scenic and we watched the seals in their native environment. We would highly recommend this excursion to anyone.

wmwakefield

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was the only way to go. See the beautiful scenery without the hassel of driving. The the tour guide was very informative.

Jeffrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour leaves Queenstown just after 7am and arrives back maybe around 4 or 5pm? It is an all day tour but completely worth every minute, and this trip is an absolute MUST DO when in South Island.
The bus, provided by Great Sights, had a glass ceiling for the roof which allowed for full viewing of the mountain peaks above, and the driver stops at the most strategic points to allow for the best views where available on the very windy road.
The driver provided great commentary from the history about the lake, the Maoris, native forests, to the hanging glaciers, and the geography of the land.
In my opinion, just the experience of getting OUT to Milford sound once you enter Fiordland National Park was quite possibly the highlight of the trip.
From seeing the forests, to the super blue lakes, the beech trees that have this unique ability to cling to the sides of the almost vertical cliffs, to even being about to stop at one point and drink fresh mountain water right out of the stream, everything about this tour was extraordinary.
A great day, great tour, and one that I highly recommend to everyone who is visiting Queenstown.

Juan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an amazing tour, I really enjoyed the trip and the driver was nice and kind, he also recommended me to take the flight back to Queenstown and this was really worth!! I really recommend this tour.

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Gorgeous drive, beautiful stops along the way, and then, the incredible Milford Sound! Long day, but well worth it!

Ava S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Drive was really long back and forth but sooooo worth it! That view right after the tunnel was majestic. One of the most beautiful scenic drives I've ever had. Will definitely recommend this!!!

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful tour, well organized, spectacular scenery

Sue P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was a wealth of knowledge and the tour was one not to miss.

Sue P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved the trip

Sue P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

All thought it was an unforgettable experience

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