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clock-o12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran for a 1 hour 45 minute cruise. 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.
  • 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
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 luxurious 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. Gourmet Buffet lunch is included on your cruise, before you’re returned by coach to your Queenstown hotel.

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B
, Jan 2019

Tour operator was well organized. Driver was informative outbound. It's a long trip getting there but driving on the left side through winding roads would be much more traumatic. Just as long a return drive of course! You need to have an appreciation of nature's majesty (or why else would you book such a tour?). The mountains and the Sound are remarkable to see. We were lucky and had no rain. The food on the boat is passable. Be kind to your fellow travellers and get back to the bus by the time he tells you to - you need to listen.

J
, Dec 2018

I like the tour very much. However, the bus driver was not safety-conscious. He drove the bus before passengers are seated, which cause one passage to fall.

R
, Dec 2018

Milford Sound has long been on to-do list but logistics of getting there were off—puttingHowever a comfortable coach, witty and knowledgeable driver and plenty of photo stops made the journey pass quickly. The cruise on the Sound was fantastic with the added bonus of a very high class buffet lunch

B
, Jul 2018

Great tour. On time pick-up, great driver and guide. Milford Sound there aren't any words that will do it justice, simply beautiful.

K
, Apr 2018

great experience and bus driver has stopped at his favourite spot, and I must agree with him that it was breathtakingly beautiful. Milford Sound boat ride has been memorable.

R
, Mar 2018

Lot of fun. Loved taking a shower in the falls. Watched the dolphins dancing around. Missed the seals somehow. Food was excellent even for vegetarians. Stsff were very nice and helpful. Enjoyed it

E
, Mar 2018

This was a great tour! Milford Sound was one of the highlights of our South Island tour. We wished we could have stayed longer! My biggest problem with this tour was the driver especially on the return trip luckily we sleep most of the way there. The driver chose to go very fast on very tiny 2 lane roads in a gigantic tour bus. This made me very queasy and I am not someone who gets car sick easily. I think we tried to do too much in the short time we had. Lunch was a bit later in the afternoon about 2 or so so make sure to bring a snack. The juicy cruise was awesome. The only downside is that it is really crowded. If we had chosen to do this on our own, I am sure it would have been easier to get pictures etc. The scenery of Milford Sound is well worth everything!

R
, Mar 2018

Milford Sound is amazing. The tour stopped along the way at 3 areas for photos, and that was good also. The boat trip on the Sound was superb, and due to the cancellation of one of the other tours, the boat was not crowded at all. The boat captain moved us up next to some seals, and at the mouth of the Sound, a school of dolphins joined us. He also steered the boat very close to one of the spectacular waterfalls. The weather, which can be quite variable, was perfect and quite warm for the time of year.

On the negative side which was not really too bad, the bus ride there and back was long, the coach was large and almost completely full, and the driver seemed extremely fascinated by farming production costs and methods. In hindsight, we might have preferred a smaller scale transport, or we might even have decided to splurge on the return trip via plane.

k
, Mar 2018

This was a magnificent tour. So much beauty.

D
, Mar 2018

A very long day on the coach 12hrs but well worth the trip, The coach driver kept us well entertained and was very knowledgeable,but just a shame about the weather on the day we visited, but that's the luck of the draw when booking a holiday. But was still very spectacular on the boat trip and definately recommended.


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