• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

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

What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

Great photo opportunities

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.

Customer Reviews

KB L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Ramasu S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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

Emily S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

kj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a magnificent tour. So much beauty.

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.

Rayna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

An extremely long day, but would return in a heartbeat! Traveling to the Milford sound from Queenstown does take some time, and is not for those who get car sick. The roads leading down to the sound are very winding. The views are BREATHTAKING!!!! I would recommend skipping the free lunch wasn't that great and purchasing your own on the boat. Its SPECTACULAR EVERYONE MUST GO HERE

Graham B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Was amazing the tour guide made the trip fun and enjoyable would recommend this to anyone

Rahul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Make no mistake, this IS a full-day trip 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. While most of it is spent on a bus to and from Milford Sound, the scenery and stops along the way make it worthwhile. Out of Queenstown the bus takes you along the scenic Lake Wakatipu, with stops in Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Mirror Lakes, and the Chasm. The bus was large, new, and comfortable, with expansive windows to take in the views. Our driver, Marcus, was knowledgeable and provided wonderful commentary throughout the drive. He was also particular about keeping to schedule. He even pointed out a couple of keas somewhat large parrots that have an inexplicable fondness for the rubber linings found around car windows.

The boat cruise itself is very enjoyable and comfortable, with completely enclosed cabins for those that wish to avoid any wind and rain, and outdoor decks for those inclined to weather the elements. The day I took the tour was windy and rainy, and I was a little disappointed that I wouldn't get to see the glorious forest-covered mountainsides. However, my disappointment vanished when I was privy to the many gushing waterfalls, which tend to disappear entirely soon after it's stopped raining. Moreover, we were told that virtually 2 out of every 3 days is rainy.

The Captain of the boat took us close to a few waterfalls, and pointed out some fur seals that were basking on rocks near the shore. The highlight for many passengers myself included, however, was when the Captain nudged the nose of the boat into one of the waterfalls. Some of us donned ponchos available for NZ 7.50 on the boat and held onto the railings at the nose of the boat as the waterfall cascaded fiercely upon us. The water, I was expecting the wind, I was not. The wind whipped open the buttons along the sides of my poncho, and I was struggling to keep it together. And all the while I had the biggest smile on my face.

On the boat they provided a buffet lunch, with a fairly good selection and variety of food. The quality of the food was reasonable, considering this was a cruise boat we were on. They had ice cream after lunch, and coffee and hot chocolate were available throughout.

There are several day tour options, and this is not the least expensive. However, I'd rate this tour as being worth every penny.

kim g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour

Luke R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Bus with a bathroom and a smart witty guide. Good show!

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