Milford Sound Day Tour from Queenstown
- 12 hours 20 minutes
- Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
- Offered in: English and 1 more
This tour is available till 24th April 2024. If this tour is sold out or if you are looking to travel after this date, book our Milford Sound tour here.
Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination with guided commentary from your driver throughout the day. You’ll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory – surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.
Leaving Queenstown, travel in comfort along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland to Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. After a morning tea stop (own expense), travel along the lake and into Fiordland National Park. Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain.
Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the dramatic skyline as you cross the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with stunning mountain peaks all around. Stop at Monkey Creek and sample some of the purest water in the world (but watch out for cheeky kea – native mountain parrots!). Travel under the mountains through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, and descend through native forest into Milford Sound.
At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute boutique cruise on board the Milford Adventurer, and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. On your cruise you can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch (optional extra) as you travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble into the sea. Lush native rainforest clings to steep cliffs, while wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. Mountain ranges surround the fiord, including Mitre Peak which rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.
Your cruise will take place on a boutique small scenic cruise ship in Milford Sound. The boat is surveyed for 150 passengers, but it is limited to 75 passengers for an enhanced viewing experience. This guarantees your cruise will be uncrowded and gives the nature guides the opportunity to share their knowledge with you on a very personal level.
After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, you can book a scenic return flight option (optional extra, see below for terms) with Air Milford, Kiwi family owned with 50+ years aviation experience, and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island.
- Operates Daily till 24th April 2024
- Comfortable leather reclining seats
- Luxury glass roof coach
- Milford Road scenic stops like Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel
- Fiordland National Park
- Milford Sound boutique cruise
7:40 amTour departs Athol St car park, Queenstown
10:05 amMorning tea stop, Te Anau
10:35 amCoach departs Te Anau
1:35 pmCoach arrives at Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
1:45 pmMilford Sound cruise departs
3:30 pmMilford Sound cruise returns
3:35 pmCoach departs Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
5:30 pmAfternoon tea stop, Te Anau
5:45 pmCoach departs Te Anau
8:00 pmTour returns to Athol St car park, Queenstown
Available from selected inner-city hotels.
- This tour is available till 24th April 2024
- Please note that the scenic flight adult age is 13+, and the scenic flight child age is 2-12. These infant/child/adult ages differ from GreatSights standard terms. In case of weather-related flight cancellations, the flight portion of the tour will be refunded.
- Milford Road stops including Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat and Monkey Creek are dependent on weather and road conditions
- All-day parking is NOT available at the Athol Street pick-up/drop-off point
Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.
Reference tour code: GS41
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