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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Overview

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. 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 by 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
  • Relax and enjoy the sites of Mildford Sound on a sightseeing cruise
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes
  • Includes hassle-free, round-trip transportation
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1-hour 45-minute sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
Lunch
Local guide
Live commentary on board
Glass-roofed coach with free WiFi
Air-conditioning
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
GreatSights
Tour departs from this location
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
oLake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand and the third largest. Wakatipu is a Maori word meaning, ‘Hollow of the Demon’. The lake has an unusual rhythmic rise and fall in the water level, approximately 12cm every 5 minutes. In Maori legend this strange rhythmic rise and fall of the water level, is said to be the beating heart of a monster from the deep depths of the lake.
Stop At:  
Kiwi Country
Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglinton Valley
Eglington Valley is named by Quintin MacKinnon, who named the valley after the Earl of Eglington of Scotland. We will be following the Eglington River whose source is the small lake of Lake Fergus, which is situated in the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. The glacial valley of the Eglington is not only a truly magnificent place for photos, but also a perfect place to put the size of this valley into perspective. The distance from this road to the base of the tree-line; out to the left is 2.4km. An extremely large glacier was responsible for clearing out this valley thousands of years ago. Everything in this region is huge so it is very easy to lose perspective of this as we travel through the mountains
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirror Lakes Walk
Mirror Lakes where most of the time the nearby mountains are reflected in the lakes. Being small, the lakes have less chance of being roughened by the winds compared to their larger counterparts and the large quantity of tannins leached from the soil into the waters give these lakes a much clearer mirror effect than many of the other lakes in the region. It is here you have the opportunity to walk along a boardwalk listening for Bellbirds and Tui’s which are protected native birds, whilst watching Black Scaups dive for food on the bottom of the lake between the various species of beech trees. These forests are said to be 135 million years old. We will drop you off at one end of the walkway and you can re-join the coach in 10 minutes at the far end of the board walk if you wish to go for a walk.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mitre Peak
Located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning sight. The mountain rises near vertically to 5,560 feet (1,690 m), i.e. just over a mile, from the water of Milford Sound, which technically is a fjord. The peak is actually a closely grouped set of five peaks, with Mitre Peak not even the tallest one, however from most easily accessible viewpoints, Mitre Peak appears as a single point. Milford Sound is part of Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO.
Pass By:  
Homer Tunnel
As we head up towards the Homer Tunnel, on the right hand side you can see the remains of a camp including the oven in which the meals and bread were cooked. The shed to the left was designed to house the snow plough and was built in 1983. After its construction it was found that the doorway had not been made wide enough and the plough was not able to be housed there. It is now kept at the camp at Knobs Flat. The building today is known as the Chapel as it is one of the few areas of this region that has never been affected by avalanche.
Stop At:  
Monkey Creek
Monkey Creek is named after one of three Government employees entrusted yearly to camp here and find a path through the mountains. Eventually his monkey like climbing skills allowed him to find a path, which though not particularly safe, was used for many years for guided walking tours. It is here we have the opportunity to drink the water or full your water bottles. Because this water is flowing directly from the mountains it is one of the few remaining places it is safe to taste fresh water without contamination and you realise without chemicals doesn’t really have a taste but is extremely refreshing. Be careful filling your water bottles because the water is very cold. Also don’t be surprised if a Kea or two drop in to say hello!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Our Premium Cruise vessel has been specifically designed to capture the views of Milford Sound with its unique glass roof and large viewing decks. The ‘Gem of the Sound’ offers an outstanding experience never seen in Milford Sound with an exceptional level of comfort and hospitality. A selection of snacks and noodles can be purchased on board along with a wide range of drinks from New Zealand and around the world. Visit the stunning Milford Sound on board an equally premium vessel that will look after you and your unique experience.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kiwi Country
Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GreatSights
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown.

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  • "Like everyone says it is a big day but absolutely worth the effort." See review
  • "Be kind to your fellow travellers and get back to the bus by the time he tells you to - you need to listen." See review

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Fantastic!
Alphonse_P
, Jan 2022
Our coach and tour guide is Paulie. He is both an excellent driver and very knowledgeable tour guide. He gave very clear instructions to us and explained the reasons underlying each in a friendly, positive manner and made our 10-hour trip very comfortable. Together with the cruise skipper and staff, they made our journey once-in-a-lifetime experience deep in the heart on New Zealand. The only thing that can be improved is the lunch - if only warm food(s) can be included in the pack. Otherwise, I enjoyed the adventure very much!
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Wonderful trip to Milford Sound
Jenny_D
, Jan 2022
The temporary waterfalls on the way , the monkey creek with natural drinking water and the awesome cruise
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Get in and visit Milford Sound now before the hoards return
phil_c
, Jan 2022
We did the Milford Sound Coach tour on 30 December. Aside from the outrageous scenery, I found our Driver, Paul's commentary to be a highlight. He was informative, humorous and is clearly passionate about his job and the region. The coach was comfortable as was the vessel we cruised around the Sound on. The whole thing was well run and spot on for timings. The Venison pies at Te Anau are a must.
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Great team with excellent management
Maggie_z
, Jan 2022
Thanks for the wonderful trip in the wonderful land. Best weather, Best Paulie. Great team always brings good luck. By the way the lunch is excellent, not too heavy not too light and perfect to support our trip. Thanks very much for everything. Will remember this forever Best wishes for your business!
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True meaning of majestic!
Linda_B
, Jan 2022
Hudson, the driver, made this trip memorable, so much knowledge and so many funny remarks. There is no way that the photos can bring across the true beauty that Milford sounds has, takes your breath away!
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Great trip
Dene_H
, Dec 2021
It was good to have a good driver he made the trip fun and he shared his experience and new a lot about area’s and boat was great experience great day would recommend it
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Excellent value for money
Elana_G
, Dec 2021
Fabulous scenery, interesting commentary and service. Will defnitly do this again. Enjoyed the Milford Sound the most
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Amazing
Paulette_M
, Dec 2021
Hudson, the bus driver, was full of knowledge, knew all the right spots to stop and really made the trip top notch.
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Fantastic trip with a great company and helpful driver Dave
HASSAN_M
, Dec 2021
Great trip, beautiful scenes, friendly environment, very helpful driver Dave with good sense of humor and easy going. His driving skill is outstanding, relaxing trip in a tough road, I highly recommend traveling on a coach trip than in an exhausting car trip..thank you so much to this good company that create happy travellers with a positive 😊 experience. Hassan
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The drive and guide...
Yiran_M
, Dec 2021
The drive and guide Hudson is super nice and professional. Though it was raining there but we did enjoy it a lot. It a one time in life experience. Strong recommended.
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