Day trip

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries
Booked 12 times yesterday

From US$ 158.81 per person

Booked 12 times yesterday

Visit Milford Sound by premium coach for a 2-hour nature cruise and picnic lunch. Enjoy the scenery, informative commentary, and photo stops before sailing close to the fiord's waterfalls.

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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
4 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Eglinton Valley (photo stop)

  • 5 minutes
  • Mirror Lakes (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 2 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 2 hours
  • Queenstown

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Drive along the magnificent Milford Road by coach
  • Discover some of the best short walks and photo stops along the way
  • Cruise beneath the waterfalls of Milford Sound and look for native wildlife
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, freshly prepared by the on-board chefs
Full description

Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 2-hour nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s deep blue waters. Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your skipper in the open wheelhouse.

Get within touching distance of impressive glaciar-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown. 

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected locations
  • Transportation by coach
  • USB charging ports on coach
  • English commentary
  • 2-hour Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent

    Know before you go

    • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the activity provider. Please bring your own as without this you may be turned away and unable to travel
    • Headset commentary is available onboard the coach in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, and German
    • Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability
    • It is an approximate 5-hour drive each way from Queenstown. Scenic flights are available on request for the return journey, weather permitting
    • In the interest of your safety, the activity provider may cancel the activity at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or maintenance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 477 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    Benjamin drove us to Milford firm our cruise yesterday. He’s informative and helpful with the commentary he provided. The boat we travelled on was immaculate and the staff were courteous and efficient. The journey was unbelievable and breathtaking at the same time. A well put together package and great value

    December 4, 2022

    Overall, this is a must-do for first-time visitors to New Zealand. (Would give 4.5 stars if allowed.) - The two-hour cruise on Milford Sound was unforgettable, with unbelievable views throughout the whole journey. You'll get tons of great photographs that won't even do the beauty justice. - Our bus driver Shilendra (sorry if misspelled!) was very entertaining and funny throughout our trip. He provided many interesting nuggets on our way there, and allowed for rest on the way back. - The "picnic lunch" on the cruise was sufficient - A cold cut sandwich, chips, some fruit, and cookie, with water, coffee, and tea provided. There was an upgrade to a buffet for $49 NZD. - The cruise is packed with people. There are three levels, with the top being open-air for the best photographs, and the bottom two levels indoors with seating. - The bus ride is long and windy. I struggled with motion sickness. Be warned if prone! Thank goodness for the rest area with bathrooms and food halfway.

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    November 24, 2022

    The bus trip and our driver Mr FBI were great very informative with lots of knowledge and facts about the countryside and bush. The only negative was the amount of people on the cruise the boat was so packed and due to the rain no seats available and it was difficult to walk around and get a good viewing spot. Overall a great day.

    November 16, 2022

    Product ID: 105404