1. New Zealand
  2. Otago
  3. Queenstown
  4. Fiordland National Park

Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, Observatory & Lunch

Product ID: 174894
Enjoy a more intimate Milford Sound experience from Queenstown. Depart later, explore the Milford Road on a comfortable smaller coach, and discover the fiord on a small boat cruise. Visit the Underwater Observatory and savor an included picnic lunch.
About this activity
Duration: 13.5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese

Pickup optional

Pick-up and drop off is available from central Queenstown hotels by prior arrangement. Please provide your accommodation details and the local operator will confirm your pick-up details after booking. Note that your pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Encounter Milford Sound on a day trip from Queenstown
  • Enjoy a more intimate experience with a smaller group
  • Discover the scenic alpine Milford Road
  • Cruise beneath towering waterfalls and along the length of the fiord
  • Visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory
  • Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch
Full description
Set off on a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoy a more intimate experience of Milford Sound. Discover the native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains of the fiord on an intimate cruise on a smaller boat. 

Journey through spectacular landscapes as your experienced, local coach driver provides engaging and informative commentary. Pause at Te Anau for morning tea (at own expense). Enjoy a short walk down the Milford Road for photo stops.

Arrive at Milford Sound and relax on a nature cruise with a freshly prepared picnic lunch onboard. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and up close to Stirling Falls. Specialist nature guides will share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary.

Visit Milford Sound Underwater Observatory along the way. Descend 60 steps down a spiral staircase into a spacious viewing chamber to discover the unique and beautiful environment hidden under the surface of Milford Sound.  Cruise back to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre to rejoin the coach for the return journey to Queenstown. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from selected locations (depending on option booked)
  • Transport in smaller coach with spacious and comfortable seats
  • Free WiFi and USB charging ports on the coach
  • English commentary from your experienced coach driver
  • Milford Sound small boat cruise
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Queenstown Visitor Centre, 110 Beach Street, St Omers Wharf, Queenstown.

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Important information
Know before you go
• 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 local operator may cancel the activity at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or maintenance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Great day!

We chose the “small” bus and boat excursion with the picnic lunch and observatory. We were very happy with everything. The weather was perfect. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Our bus driver, Roland, and boat captain were excellent, and very informative and funny. We won’t hesitate to book future excursions.

April 9, 2019


Out bus driver Brad was absolutely fantastic. So knowledgable and friendly. He definitely made the tour. The views were beautiful. Since it was raining (some of it hard), Brad really made the tour.

March 27, 2019

The audio guide very well. Will someday have simultaneous translation? Because, what the driver said is a mystery to those who do not speak English.

March 24, 2019

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Southern Discoveries

Product ID: 174894