Milford Sound Sunrise Tour From Queenstown
Beat the crowds and visit New Zealand’s best natural tourist attraction with an awesomeNZ Milford Sound Sunrise tour! Depart from Queenstown early in the morning and enjoy a guided coach tour including optional lunch and a cruise on this famous and remote fiord. Plus, with the early start you’ll be back in Queenstown earlier to enjoy dinner in town!
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, following in the path of the ancient Māori who used to travel to Milford Sound in search of precious pounamu (greenstone) more than 1,000 years ago.
The road to Milford Sound has some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Check out panoramic views of Fiordland National Park 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, taking you through the Upper Hollyford Valley and past the stunning Christie Falls.
After passing through the 1.2km long Homer Tunnel (drilled through the solid rock of the Southern Alps), we enter the breathtaking Cleddau Valley and then descend into Milford Sound. Here you’ll jump on board a 1hr 45min cruise and tuck in to a picnic lunch as your Milford Sound cruise begins (optional extra).
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 Plazza, Millennium Hotel, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments, The Rees, as well as stops near the airport in Frankton.
If this tour is sold out or you are looking to travel after Feb 2024, book one of our other Milford Sound tours below
Milford Sound Scenic Tour
Milford Sound Nature Tour (available until 24th April 2024)
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- 6:20 am
Complementary Queenstown hotel pick-ups commence
- 6:30 am
Coach departs Athol St bus terminal in Queenstown
- 8:45 am
Morning tea stop, Te Anau
- 9:15 am
Coach departs Te Anau
Photo stops along the way incl. Eglinton Valley, Knobs Flat, Monkey Creek
- 11:50 am
Coach arrives in Milford Sound
- 12:00 pm
Milford Sound cruise departs
- 1:45 pm
Milford Sound cruise returns
- 1:50 pm
Coach departs Milford Sound
- 4:15 pm
Afternoon tea stop, Te Anau
- 4:30 pm
Coach departs Te Anau
- 6:45 pm
Coach returns to Athol St bus terminal in Queenstown
- 1hr 45min modern Milford Sound cruise
- Glass roof coaches with free Wi-Fi
- Pick up and drop-off from selected accommodation
- Photo stops along Milford Road (subject to conditions, see below)
As an optional extra, you can 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 daily from 1st December 2023 – 29th February 2024.
- 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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