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

Queenstown: Milford Sound 2-Hour Cruise & Scenic Coach Tour

Product ID: 170346
Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a relaxed 2-hour cruise. Travel comfortably by coach from Queenstown and benefit from the engaging commentary of experienced guides. The journey there is just as magical as the destination itself!
About this activity
Duration: 12 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Tick Milford Sound off your bucket list on a scenic day trip from Queenstown
  • Relax as you cruise past steep cliffs, towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and spot amazing wildlife
  • Discover Milford Road without the hassle of self-driving as your experienced guide stops in the best places for magnificent views and photos
  • Hunt out the best photo opportunities on an uncrowded boat with lots of room
  • Travel in the comfort of a specially-designed luxury glass-roof coach, on the 6:40 AM departure
Itinerary
5 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2 hours
  • Te Anau (breakfast)

  • Eglinton Valley (photo stop)

  • Mirror Lakes (photo stop)

  • Knobs Flat (break)

  • Monkey Creek (photo stop)

  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 5 hours
  • Queenstown

    • Entry not included
Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Described as the 8th wonder of the world, Milford Sound is a journey, not just a destination. Embark on a day trip through Fiordland National Park and the Te Wai Pounamu World Heritage Site in a luxury coach from Queenstown.

Depart Queenstown for a scenic journey south between The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Along the way, enjoy informative commentary about the region, its history, and natural surroundings. From Te Anau, enter Fiordland National Park on the stunningly scenic Milford Road. Take in the grandeur of the untouched wilderness that surrounds you on all sides, from rugged mountains, hanging glaciers to ancient mossy rainforest, punctuated by crystal clear streams and lakes. Sit back and relax as your driver points out the sights and provides light commentary. There will be plenty of photo stops and time for you to take it all in.

Arrive in Milford Sound in time to board your cruise vessel to get up close and personal with the wonders of the fiord. Take in the beauty of the waterfalls and towering peaks, with commentary from an experienced local guide. Penguins, dolphins, seals and a variety of birdlife call Milford Sound home so keep your eyes peeled for that once in a lifetime photo opportunity.

Glorious on a fine day, Milford Sound’s ethereal, moody beauty in the rain is equally spectacular. Enjoy 2 hours on the fiord and experience the spray of the waterfalls from the safety of inside the boat - or be brave and get right under it. Then, it's time to get back on the coach for the return journey to Queenstown.
Includes
  • Round-trip coach journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound
  • Transport in comfortable coaches (glass-roof for 6:40 AM Queenstown departure)
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Scenic photo stops along Milford Road
  • 2-hour cruise on the fiord
  • English commentary on the cruise and coach
  • Milford Sound Levy is included in the price
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Know before you go
• The journey to Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours (one-way) from Queenstown
• Food and drinks are available for purchase on the boat and dietary requirements can be catered to
• Purchases on board are by cash only
• Hotel pick-ups can be arranged from selected locations directly with the local operator after booking, subject to availability
• Fiordland’s weather is what gives the region its unique character you should always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit
• It is recommended to bring sensible clothing for cool and wet weather to fully appreciate your stay
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 223 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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We took the bus to Milford sound. The ride was winding up and down mountains but our driver was very knowledgeable and gave us good info on the sights. We took an airplane back which was spectacular! I was a little scared to take a single engine plane but our pilot was very competent and reassuring. The views were incredible. I am glad we saw the topography by both ground and air - they complemented each other.

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March 10, 2020

This was a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to visit Milford Sound. My only negative was that it was a very long day with 6 hours spent in a coach. Also, make sure you check the departure time on the day before your tour. Our times had changed due to road issues, but we weren't notified. We would have missed the bus if we had not personally checked the day before.

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March 2, 2020

We caught our bus (and were dropped off) just steps away from our hostel in the middle of town - big plus. We really enjoyed the pleasant nature of our bus driver and all her stories along the way to Milford sound. I also appreciated how she kept everyone running on time and didn't compromise anyone's trip for people running late. The bus was comfortable and clean and the drive was scenic and lovely to take in. The cruise itself was beautiful! Lots to see and take in. It is a full day (~10-12 hours), which can be tough, but overall very worth it.

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February 25, 2020

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Product ID: 170346