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Day Trips from Queenstown to Milford Sound

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The best day trips and excursions from Queenstown are:

Milford Sound

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 824 reviews

Definitely skip the rental car and leave the driving to the professionals! In addition to relaxing for the majority of the 13-hour day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrated tour and fun cultural and nature trivia our driver shared along the way. It was also great to leave the logistics, including boat tour tickets and departure/return points, up to realNZ. Our bus had a glass ceiling which allowed the most spectacular views along the journey to Milford. Be sure to bring lunch and snacks as it was a little unclear what was actually included with the booking (I do believe there was a small cafe aboard the boat however). The weather also varied between warm and sunny to need for a hat and winter coat. Highly recommend!

A long day trip but well worth it. It started to rain just as we arrived at Milford Sound so the views were not as good as expected but the upside was the abundance of new/temporary waterfalls everywhere. Paul was a great host and was full of information.

Great bus tour guide, very entertaining, helpful and informative, he was an FBI (Fijian born Indian) cannot remember his actual name. Entire tour went to plan, both the bus tour and the boat ride. Great day, spectacular views.

Excellent a very long day but well worth it. Weather was perfect and the driver Luke was fantastic, very knowledgeable and a brilliant sense of humour. He filled the 5 hour each way journey when needed.

Excellent trip Excellent Driver Good food on boat Stunning surroundings Good value for money