Day trip

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries
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From US$ 161.26 per person

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Visit Milford Sound by premium coach for a 2-hour nature cruise and picnic lunch. Enjoy the scenery, informative commentary, and photo stops before sailing close to the fiord's waterfalls.

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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
4 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Eglinton Valley (photo stop)

  • 5 minutes
  • Mirror Lakes (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 2 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 2 hours
  • Queenstown

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Drive along the magnificent Milford Road by coach
  • Discover some of the best short walks and photo stops along the way
  • Cruise beneath the waterfalls of Milford Sound and look for native wildlife
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch, freshly prepared by the on-board chefs
Full description

Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 1hr 45min nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s deep blue waters. Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your skipper in the open wheelhouse.

Get within touching distance of impressive glaciar-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown. 

Includes
  • Transportation by coach
  • USB charging ports on coach
  • English commentary
  • 2-hour Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent

    Know before you go

    • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the activity provider. Please bring your own as without this you may be turned away and unable to travel
    • Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability
    • It is an approximate 5-hour drive each way from Queenstown. Scenic flights are available on request for the return journey, weather permitting
    • In the interest of your safety, the activity provider may cancel the activity at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or maintenance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 515 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    Easy assignment to and pick-up by bus. The boat had food; some people had buffet and others had sets (sandwiches?). Not sure if that was based on what service we used to reserve. The buffet was good. The tour guide on the bus and the boat's crew were good at providing background and pointing out points of interest.

    December 23, 2022

    I recommend my driver Benjamin. Such a thorough knowledge of the area and so well worth the drive to, cruise and drive from Milford Stound. A beautiful sparkling day with lots of memory's to take home. A shame there were a couple of stops I'd have liked to make but couldn't eg lupins & waterfalls. Maybe next time I come back.

    December 29, 2022

    The experience was good. Our guide kept us continuously occupied with the updates on the scenery and kept time. He was humorous and also very helpful. The cruise was well organised with a decent buffet lunch. In spite of rains everyone was eager to be on the deck as we cruised along the river. Everything went smoothly according to plan.

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    December 18, 2022

    Product ID: 105404