Milford Sound Day Tour From Queenstown
Visit one of New Zealand’s unmissable destinations with an awesomeNZ Milford Sound tour! Depart from Queenstown and enjoy a guided coach tour including a cruise on this famous and remote fiord.
Our experienced local guides will keep you entertained during your tour, giving you plenty of opportunities for photo stops and making sure you have a truly awesome Milford Sound experience!
Set off from Queenstown in the morning, and experience some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Check out panoramic views along the way from our glass-roof coach and hear about the history of this special part of the world.
Stop for a bite to eat in Te Anau (own expense), before driving along the shores of Lake Te Anau and through the Eglinton Valley, where you’ll see an ancient alpine forest, massive waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes. Make the most of these magical photo opportunities before our Milford Sound tour continues.
After passing through the 1.2km long Homer Tunnel (drilled through the solid rock of the Southern Alps), descend into Milford Sound. Here you’ll jump on board a 2-hour scenic cruise and tuck in to a picnic lunch (optional extra) as your Milford Sound cruise begins.
Cruise along the fiord and take in the famous sights and landmarks of Milford Sound, like the uniquely-shaped Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea. Keep an eye out for marine life like dolphins, seals and penguins too! The fiord is dotted with waterfalls that tumble through the valleys and crash into the sound far below, making the scenery in Milford Sound spectacular, rain or shine.
After the cruise your guide will be waiting to drive you back to Queenstown, arriving in the evening. Alternatively, you can book a scenic flight back to Queenstown (optional extra, conditions permitting) and soar your way over spectacular scenery. A shuttle will meet you at the airport and return you to your accommodation.
This tour departs and returns from the bus station on Athol St, in the centre of Queenstown, or you can choose a complementary hotel transfers from selected Queenstown hotels during the booking process. Hotels include The Rydges, The Crowne Plaza, Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Lakeview Queenstown, The Rees, as well as stops near the airport in Frankton.
If this tour is sold out, book one of our other summer season Milford Sound tours below
Milford Sound Nature Tour (available until 24th April 2024
Milford Sound Sunrise Tour (available until 29th Feb 2024)
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- 7:10 am
Complementary Queenstown hotel pick-ups commence
- 7:20 am
Coach departs Athol St bus terminal in Queenstown
- 9:40 am
Morning tea stop, Te Anau
- 10:10 am
Coach departs Te Anau
Photo stops along the way incl. Eglinton Valley, Knobs Flat, Monkey Creek
- 1:20 pm
Coach arrives in Milford Sound
- 1:30 pm
Milford Sound cruise departs
- 3:30 pm
Milford Sound cruise returns
- 3:35 pm
Coach departs Milford Sound
- 5:30 pm
Afternoon tea stop, Te Anau
- 8:00 pm
Coach returns to Athol St bus terminal in Queenstown
- 2 hour scenic Milford Sound cruise
- Glass roof coaches with free Wi-Fi
- Multilingual headsets with Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish language options
- Pick up and drop-off from selected accommodation
- Photo stops along Milford Road (subject to conditions, see below)
As an optional extra you can pre-purchase a delicious picnic lunch, including:
- Chicken and salad roll or vegetarian filled roll
- Mini savoury pie
- Fresh fruit
- Cheese and crackers
- Muesli slice
- Mini choc chip cookie
- Juice box
- Hershey’s chocolate
Your meal will be delivered to you when you board your cruise.
- This tour operates seven days a week.
- Photo stops along the Milford Road are dependent on the weather and road conditions on the day
- Please note that while every effort is made to operate the Milford Sound tour in glass roof coaches, due to servicing requirements these vehicles may not always be available
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