Milford Sound Sunrise Trip from Queenstown
- 12 hours 15 minutes
- Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
- Offered in: English and 1 more
This tour is available from 1st December 2023 – 29th February 2024. If you are looking to travel outside of these dates, 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 modern and spacious cruise on board the Maiden of Milford, 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 the super spacious Maiden of Milford, that features two open plan indoor decks, as well as a open top deck, allowing for complete 360 degree viewing. With two bars on board; one on the lower deck with café service, and a mini bar on the second floor, the Maiden provides an incredible cruise experience from start to finish.
After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, you can book a scenic return flight option (optional extra, see below for terms) with True South Flights and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island.
- Operates Daily till 29th Feb 2024
- Comfortable leather reclining seats
- Luxury glass roof coach
- Milford Road scenic stops like Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel
- Fiordland National Park
- Milford Sound modern and spacious cruise
6:20 amHotel pickups commence
6:30 amTour departs Athol St car park, Queenstown
8:45 amMorning tea stop, Te Anau
9:15 amCoach departs Te Anau
11:50 amCoach arrives at Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
12:00 pmMilford Sound cruise departs
1:45 pmMilford Sound cruise returns
1:50 pmCoach departs Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
4:15 pmAfternoon tea stop, Te Anau
4:30 pmCoach departs Te Anau
6:45 pmTour returns to Athol St car park, Queenstown
Available from selected inner-city hotels.
- This tour is available from 1st Dec 2023 – 29th Feb 2024
- Please note that the scenic flight adult age is 14+, and the scenic flight child age is 4-13. 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: GS70