Milford Sound Day Tour from Queenstown
- 12 hours 25 minutes
- Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
- Offered in: English and 3 more
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, and descend through native forest into Milford Sound.
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 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 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. Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary. Your tour includes a tasty picnic lunch which will be served during your cruise.
After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra, see below for terms) and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island.
This tour currently operates three days per week (Friday to Monday on alternating dates). Please read our COVID-19 travel info before booking.
- Operates Friday - Monday
- Comfortable leather reclining seats
- Luxury glass roof coach
- Milford Road scenic stops like Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel
- Fiordland National Park
- Milford Sound luxury cruise and picnic lunch
- Free WiFi is available on this tour
6:40 amTour departs Athol St car park, Queenstown
9:05 amMorning tea stop, Te Anau
1:15 pmCoach arrives at Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
12:35 pmMilford Sound cruise departs
3:15 pmMilford Sound cruise returns
2:35 pmCoach departs Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
5:30 pmAfternoon tea stop, Te Anau
7:00 pmTour returns to Athol St car park, Queenstown
Available from selected inner-city hotels.
- 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
- Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Korean and Mandarin
Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.
Reference tour code: G76L