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Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Product ID: 109069
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.
About this activity
Duration: 11 hours
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

At your accommodation in Queenstown at approximately 6:40 AM
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
3 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 5 hours
  • Queenstown

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
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. 

  • Full Milford Sound cruise
  • Tea and coffee on board the cruise
  • Collection from most commercial accommodation 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
What’s Not Included
  • Meals not listed as inclusions

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Important information
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Luxury Coach Features:
• Glass roof, air conditioning, reclining seats, ample Leg Room
• Driver commentary (English), extensive photo stops
• Excellent PA and sound system
• Toilet equipped
• Safety Features - Emergency kit inclusing. satellite phone (emergency use only)

Cruise Vessel Features:
• 1 hour 45 minute cruise
• Seating at tables for everyone,
• Excellent viewing areas onboard, inside and on deck
• Time spent with wildlife while cruising.
• Excellent Photo opportunities
• Complimentary tea and coffee
• Full liquor facilities
• English commentary throughout the cruise
• Snack lunch available

• Bring warm clothes (in winter), sunglasses and a camera. As the tour leaves early it is suggested you bring a breakfast pack with you for the coach journey
• Please note that in accordance with New Zealand Law, all infants and children aged under 7 years must be correctly secured in an approved child seat while travelling in any coach
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 184 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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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

Milford sound trip - one of the best experiences we ever had. special thanks to our bus driver Mr Pradeep. He was very knowledgeable and gave us some amazing info throughout our trip and kept the tour bus entertained. Loved his energy. Highly recommend to my friends, colleagues and families. Thank you from Talib and Farheen

January 10, 2020

This particular trip is a must, beautiful scenery from start to finish. Our driver/guide/comedian, was good, some terrible jokes, but a lot of interesting information. I'm convinced he was on commission from the Helicopter owners, because he spent a lot of time trying to talk people on our coach into signing up for a flight back to Queenstown. Despite that, I would recommend the trip as good value for money and a great day out

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November 25, 2019

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Product ID: 109069