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 Milford Sound cruises is unchanged.
Visit two of New Zealand's most iconic attractions with this great value two tour combo and save over 25%!
Day 1: Milford Sound Day Tour from Queenstown
Departs 7:20am, returns 7:55pm
Embark on a breathtakingly scenic journey to Milford Sound and experience the world-famous fiord in all its glory with a cruise on its pristine waters. Leaving Queenstown, travel past tranquil Te Anau, along the Eglinton Valley and through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km underpass drilled through solid rock. Experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning powerful waterfalls and rapids.
At Milford Sound, board a luxury three-level cruise catamaran for your 1 hour 45 minute scenic cruise. Explore the length of the fiord, seeing glacier-scarred rock walls, lush native forest and waterfalls tumbling down from high above. The dramatic profile of Mitre Peak, rising out of the fiord to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level, is another highlight. Whether you're outside on the large viewing decks or enjoying the comfortable booth seating inside, you're guaranteed spectacular views thanks to the unique glass roofs and live footage screens on board. Your cruise includes a tasty buffet lunch (Japanese Obento and Indian options available - contact us to swap at no extra cost.)
After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra).
Day 2: Mount Cook Day Tour: Queenstown return
Departs 7:30am, returns 6:30pm
On day two, take a day trip from Queenstown to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. Travel north, through the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau River Gorge and past Cromwell, crossing the Lindis Pass and arriving at Omarama for morning tea (own expense).
We continue through the rugged high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin to Mount Cook Village, where you can gaze up at the 3,754 metre-high mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook, an important landmark in Māori mythology. Enjoy the views from the iconic Hermitage Hotel over a delicious lunch (optional extra). There is also the chance to take off on a scenic flight over snow-capped mountains and ancient glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting – this can be arranged with your driver/guide on the day). Following our lunch stop, we depart Mount Cook Village and retrace our journey to Queenstown, arriving in the early evening.
Useful info: This tour combo must be taken over two consecutive days in the abovementioned order. Please note accommodation is not included with this tour combo. Milford Road stops including Mirror Lakes are dependent on weather and road conditions.
Multilingual options are available >
Free WiFi is available on these tours
"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
"It was a great trip and the view was spectacular. The beautiful mountains, lakes were great. On return the driver took us back to our lodge in the bus - great drivers’ great trip."
Reviewed by: loadie49