From Queenstown: Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise

Activity provider: Milford Sound Select

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise

Activity provider: Milford Sound Select
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From US$ 146.05 per person

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery in the warmth and comfort of a luxury coach with glass rooftop as you travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound, then embark on a stunning wildlife cruise. Stop multiple times for breathtaking photo opportunities.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide


4 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 5 hours
  • Queenstown

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Marvel at the wildlife and beautiful vistas aboard a boat on Milford Sound
  • Cruise in ultimate comfort in the saloons or on deck
  • Make use of personalized pick-up from your accommodation in Queenstown
  • Sit back and relax along the way on a custom built coach with extra legroom
  • Stop multiple times on the way to Milford Sound for breathtaking photo opportunities
Full description

This coach trip includes a Milford Sound cruise aboard a comfortable, purpose-built cruise boat with optional lunch and refreshments. Enjoy multiple stops on your way to Milford Sound which makes the day even more amazing!

When you arrive in Te anau - your first stop of the day - enjoy a toilet break and time to grab something from the cafe. They have great coffee, muffins, and snacks.

Enjoy a stop at the mirror lakes, a beautiful 5-minute boardwalk through a rainforest, and other photo opportunities that make your journey to Milford Sound even more special. 

On arrival at Milford Sound, you immediately proceed to the boat terminal, where your driver will give you your boat pass and direct you to your cruise boat. On boarding, make yourself comfortable in one of the saloons or catch the scenery from the decks.

Milford Sound is famous for its waterfalls, and if it's raining it's even more spectacular. The boats nudge right up to the base of the waterfalls, often challenging visitors to fill a glass of water from the cascading plumes.

This luxury tour already has reserved window seating for you - so no need to worry about getting a seat. On board feel free to buy yourself snacks and sandwiches from the cafe or treat yourself to a buffet lunch.

The boats are often escorted by pods of dolphins, while seals bask on the rocks. Take in the stunning scenery while your skipper gets you as close as possible to the wildlife for some fantastic photos. 

The cruise will take you out to the point where the fiord meets the open sea, and it is here at Anita Bay that the Maori collected their sacred Pounamu or Greenstone – prized for making tools, jewelry, and ornaments, and still a highly-valued stone today. 

  • Airconditioned coach with reclining seats, ample legroom, toilet, PA and sound system, and safety features
  • Cruise vessel with tables, viewing areas, and liquor facilities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Snack and lunch
  • Full Milford Sound cruise
  • Pickup from most commercial accommodations in the Central Queenstown area
  • Live tour commentary provided in English on the coach
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean on the cruise
  • Multiple stops for beautiful photo opportunities on your way to Milford Sound
  • Guide on the coach journey

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    Meeting point

    Please head inside the Southern Discoveries office to check in.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Food
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Know before you go

    • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the activity provider so please carry your own child seat. Without this, you may be turned away and unable to take the tour.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 204 reviews

    Review summary

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    The thought of coach travel doesn’t usually tick my box but for the desire to get out and about without a hire car I was pleased with the informative commentary provided over the 8 hours of driving. The destination was brilliant, the promotional blurb on the website says that rainy days are better than fine - well we had rain leaving Queenstown and for a few hours creating literally hundreds of waterfalls along the journey and in the Sound. Couldn’t be happier.

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    September 21, 2022

    The experienced is wonderstruck. The stunning beauty of Milford sound is extra ordinary . Should be on top of your lists when visiting Queenstown. The driver is funny but full of knowledge although he forgot to hand over my boarding pass and ticket for food on time. I was looking for him in the parking area to get my passes. I recommend the driver should asked if everyone got their boarding pass before we get off the bus .

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    November 18, 2020

    From the start to the finish of the day long tour it was unforgettable yes it’s a lengthy journey but hey you’re not going to be disappointed Definitely recommend this company and wish we had booked the buffet lunch which looked better than the reviews we had read prior to our trip

    January 20, 2020

    Product ID: 109069