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Queenstown: Milford Sound Early Bird Coach & Cruise Day Trip

Product ID: 188556
Catch the sunrise, avoid the crowds, and be back in time for Happy Hour aboard the "Sunriser". Take in the stunning views and wonderful wildlife as you cruise around Milford Sound. Relax on board with tea and coffee, enjoying the commentary as you go.
About this activity
Duration: 12 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese

Pickup included

Hotel pickup and drop-off is available from selected central Queenstown locations and along Frankton Road. The local operator will confirm your pickup details after booking. Note that your pickup time may differ from the tour start time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Beat the crowds on the first bus to explore Milford Sound
  • Admire rainforests, waterfalls, and wildlife as you cruise the length of the fiord
  • Enjoy entertaining commentary from your experienced local guides
Full description
Be the first of the day to discover Milford Sound with an early-bird departure at 5:30 AM. Enjoy a fun and leisurely day trip to admire the glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops of the world-famous fiord. Climb aboard the "Sunriser" and depart Queenstown before the other buses as you sit back, draw the curtains and nap en route to Te Anau.

Enjoy a breakfast stop before continuing through the stunning Fiordland National Park. Your talented bus driver will share their local knowledge and stop along the Milford Road to show you stunning scenery. Marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth as you enjoy unlimited, close-up viewing of waterfalls, wildlife, and rainforest.

Soak in the sights from any of the three indoor and outdoor viewing decks during your cruise as you join your jovial crew at the bow as you nose under Stirling Falls for a free shower in some of the world's freshest water. Complimentary tea service is available for the entire cruise and espresso coffee, snacks cakes, and a selection of drinks can be purchased from "Off The Rocks" onboard bar.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round trip transportation
  • Experienced skippers and guides
  • Live commentary
  • Scenic photo stops and short walks
  • Scenic Milford Sound cruise
  • Access to 3 viewing decks
  • Complimentary tea and hot water
What’s Not Included
  • Breakfast
  • Additional drinks
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• The trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound is about 5-6 hours with stops.
• Infants 4 and under are free of charge and must be allocated their own seat.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 120 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The trip started very early, but the bus arrived on time, the roll was called and we departed immediately. The bus was comfortable, and there were enough stops for various purposes. The driver was courtiers, very attentive to the road, entertaining us, passengers, with various kinds of information, news and commenting on what was happening. The cruise vessel was spacious, with a well stocked cafe. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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March 20, 2020

Milford Sound is a must activity in Queenstown. The driver/guide was very passionate about Milford sound and made us feel the history of Milford sound. He himself worked building some walking tracks. It was very interesting how much he was involved with Milford Sound. The ferry ride was beautiful. The day I took the trip it rained cats and dogs and I have seen hundreds of rainfalls and on the ferry we were told that they there were 2000 rainfalls. I wish it wouldn’t have rained then on the ferry maybe I would have tried to go under the big rainfalls. If you want to experience that make sure to take some spare clothes with you. Then it would be great fun doing it. Next day after my trip people are stranded at Milford Sound and some could be rescued two days later. This should be an exception and I recommend every visitor of Queenstown to go there.

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February 19, 2020

It maybe circumstances outside your control, but it was a very long coach trip for just 1hr and 15m on the water and went no further than the 'fault line', whereas others did. Never saw the fiord entrance. Not good value. Last coach in and first coach out looks like you are cutting corners.

March 9, 2020

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JUCY Cruise Milford Sound

Product ID: 188556