Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

4.9 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel
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From US$ 157.68 per person

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Soak up the landscapes of Fiordland on a guided day tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Get up close to nature and wildlife onboard a cruise of Milford Sound and opt to add on a scenic flight.

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Duration 11 - 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Select hotels in Queenstown. Pickups may vary, so please be ready 10 minutes prior to your pickup time.


  • Immerse yourself in the serene mountain and lake landscapes of Fiordland
  • Be amazed by the majestic Hollyford River and Eglington Valley
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and see the Iconic Mitre Peak and Mirror Lakes
  • Cruise on the number 1-rated cruise boat in Milford Sound
  • Stop off at beautiful locations to capture some brilliant photos of the area
Full description

Join a guided day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau to the world-renowned Milford Sound: the crowning glory of Fiordland. Highlights of the drive will include Lake Wakatipu, the Devil’s Staircase, the truly majestic mountains of Fiordland, Mirror Lake, and Homer Tunnel. Enjoy multiple stops along the way for photo opportunities and to spot the Kea bird. Travel through the mind-blowing Homer Tunnel, emerging as the valley descends sharply down to Milford Sound, with its hundreds of waterfalls cascading into the crystal clear waters beneath. At Milford Sound, take an intimate cruise on a smaller boat that gets right up close to nature and wildlife.

Onboard your cruise you will have up-close views of thousands of waterfalls, Mitre Peak, as well as local wildlife, providing you with hundreds of amazing photo opportunities along the way. Following your cruise you will begin the return journey back to Queenstown, stopping again in Te Anau for a quick break.

At the end of the day, your guide will drop you back to your Queenstown accommodation, or you can opt to upgrade to a scenic, one-way flight back from Milford instead. Choose this option for the ultimate view over the mountains and region during your return journey.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cruise in Milford Sound
  • Flight (if option chosen)
  • Picnic lunch and refreshments
  • Fully guided tour
  • Entertainment during the drive
  • Return flight from Milford to Queenstown, unless selected

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Children under 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat (if you do not have a car seat you can rent one from the local partner for $50 per child, but you must give 24 hours notice)
  • This is a small-group tour by minivan
  •  It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes as there will be some walking on your tour
  •  The weather in Milford Sound can be unpredictable, therefore it is recommended to bring clothing for all weathers including a rain or wind jacket
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

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Milford sound itself is overhyped, comparing to other beautiful places we have been. The 45 mins drive way from Queenstown to Glenorchy is more scenic than Milford in our opinion. Nevertheless, our tour guide Mark from cheeky kiwi made our day. His knowledge in geology and environmental science plus his unique sense of humour energised our more than 4 hours drive to the Milford sound cruise point.

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October 26, 2022

Our driver/guide (Dave) was exceptional. He checked on and was attentive to each person’s individual needs while providing interesting running commentary on our surroundings. Although I was a little concerned about a 13-hour day, it turned out to be wonderful in every way—scenery and sites, comfort, pacing, fellow travelers, etc. I highly recommend the entire experience.

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October 9, 2022

Wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and able to integrate all members of the tour. Wonderful itinerary and activities. Unforgettable

October 12, 2022

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