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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

Daniel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful trip! Was raining in Milford Sound, but that made it even better as all of the waterfalls were flowing full!

Shivi S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our trip to Milford Sound was on a Great Sights coach with tour guide and bus driver Brian. Though the tour took up the entire day, the scenery and sights from Queenstown to Milford Sound were beautiful and kept us captivated! Rain forests, alpine streams, blue-hued lakes, snow-capped mountains were plentiful. Milford Sound with its canyons, rain forests, and numerous waterfalls was breathtaking. Brian was very knowledgeable and kept us well-informed throughout the tour.

Jonathan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever see. The tour was well-operated and our guide was extremely friendly and kept us on schedule. The tour bus also had wifi that worked well except when we got deeper into the Fiordland territory. All in all a must do tour when you're in Queenstown.

Guan-Yuan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

good

Anne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We loved it. This was the second time I took a tour from via tour. The tour bus driver was friendly and knowledgable and there were many stops which made the long bus trip less boring.

Billie Yan Zhan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Despite the long road trip, the bus driver is very friendly and helpful on giving us the description along the journey. The boat cruise is amazing but it will be better if they could provide a rain coat in the event of raining

Jonathan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour. Long day, but totally worth it. The bus took care of everything, and I was glad to be able to sit back and enjoy the ride instead of having to do my own driving. Our driver Shale I believe was extremely friendly, and very informative throughout the drive.

Megan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This trip was fantastic. Well worth it.

Msgfordutch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was the highlight of our New Zealand trip! Amazing day with the boat getting close to the base of the waterfalls for an up close experience!

Lori A. L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazing tour!! Beautiful drive to the sound; informative guide; and we were lucky to have perfect wrather

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