UPDATE: Timetables have been updated due to flooding and damage on the Milford Road. There will be limited photo stops on the way to Milford Sound: Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley will be the only planned stops. If time allows we may make additional stops. The duration of the cruises is unchanged.
Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. 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, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.
At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the 'eighth wonder of the world'. 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 forest 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 the newest and most luxurious cruise ship in Milford Sound. This impressive three-level catamaran has extensive outdoor decks so you can get up close to nature. Inside you'll find comfortable seating as well as unique glass roofs and HD screens projecting live outdoor footage, so you won't miss a thing. A gourmet buffet lunch featuring fresh local ingredients will be served on board (included in your tour). Japanese Obento and Indian lunch options are also available if you prefer - contact us to change to one of these options at no extra cost. Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary. Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Korean and Mandarin.
After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra) and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island. 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.
Useful info: Milford Road stops including Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Monkey Creek and the Chasm are dependent on weather and road conditions.
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Free WiFi is available on this tour
"Couldn't have had a better day with GreatSights. It was the best way to see Milford Sound and the beautiful South Island! The 5 hour journey into the Fiordland National Park and to Milford Sound was beautiful with many stops along the way. The coach was very comfortable with a glass ceiling and our driver was the perfect guide."
Reviewed by: Kelli M
"Our guide was super friendly, hilarious and helpful. The photo stops were beautiful and we had just enough time to take the desired photos. The cruise was perfect and the view was spectacular. I would highly recommend the Milford sound tour with GreatSights"
Reviewed by: Kristin R
"I opted for the most expensive package with the whole shebang... cruise, lunch and scenic flight back to Queenstown. I'm so happy that I did. Every step of the way, everything was just absolutely stunning. The commentary was great and everything else was just amazing. I'm so glad I took up this tour for one of my days. Soooo awesome!!"
Reviewed by: Heliophilia717