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From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Day Trip

1. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Day Trip

Discover Milford Sound on an 8-hour adventure with round-trip transport from Te Anau and a 2-hour cruise through the fiord. If you are looking to explore both Milford and Doubtful Sounds, it is worth staying one or two nights in Te Anau. There is plenty to do plus you will save yourself the long journeys to and from Queenstown. At Milford Sound, climb aboard the leisurely nature cruise for an informative, interactive, and relaxed experience. A specialist guide will provide live informative commentary and you can admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls, and mountains. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise — you may bring your own lunch or purchase snacks and drinks (cash only) on the vessel. Be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit; the landscape is especially dramatic when it rains in Fiordland. Enjoy the spectacular views from a dry, comfortable vantage point on board the vessel. Following the cruise, immediately board the luxury coach for the return journey to Te Anau, arriving between 4:30 PM and 5:45 PM, depending on the season.

Milford Track: Full Day Guided Hike and Nature Cruise

2. Milford Track: Full Day Guided Hike and Nature Cruise

Your full-day Milford Sound package begins with a morning walk along the Milford Track. A short boat ride will take you across Milford Sound’s Deep Water Basin to Sandfly Point for the start of a guided hike. The walk will take you alongside the cascading Arthur River and then on to Lake Ada. Stop at Giant's Gate Waterfall, a stunning and much-photographed site that is best viewed from the large swing bridge. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of the Milford Sound from the comfort of a modern, spacious boat. With outstanding viewing opportunities, you’ll take in the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls and more. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as seals basking on the rocks or dolphins playing near the boat.

Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

3. Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

Spend some time in nature in the beautiful Fiordland National Park on a half-day guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. Departing Milford Sound Wharf, the walk begins with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. It is then an easy 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) alongside the cascading Arthur River, then Lake Ada, on a well-maintained track. Your destination is the Giants Gate. This scenic waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge spanning the river. On your return, you will be walking under ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by an array of ferns, mosses and lichens in vibrant shades of green. The small group of 12 walkers per guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating human heritage of the track. On completion of the walk, take the opportunity to take photos at the sign marking the end of the track, then rejoin the boat for the transfer back to Milford Wharf.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 18 reviews

An unforgettable experience with comfortable bus trip to arrive at Milford Sound. On the way, we saw beautiful scenery including high snow covered mountains and fast flowing rivers. The boat trip was everything we had hoped for, we were lucky as it had rained for a few days prior. The waterfalls were everywhere and spectacular! Food on board really tasty too. Very good value for money.

A really special day. We debated whether to take the coach tour or drive ourselves. Much better by coach - the driver (Pumba) really added to the experience with his amusing commentary and excellent driving. The coach had great visibility with large windows and glass roof. The boat trip was amazing - the scenery truly stunning and we saw seals and dolphins to add to the fun.

Superb day out. Great commentary on the coach on the way down to Milford Sound with interesting stops on the way. The boat cruise was excellent and again the crew provided a very interesting commentary that included geology, glaciers and wildlife. I'd recommend the trip to anyone interested in seeing the sights and learning something about the history and the geography.

An epic location, epic guide … what more could you want? Kate was brilliant, a great pace and lots of information along the track. She took the time to point out birds to my daughter who has fallen in love with NZ native birds. A great day and would recommend 100%.

A brilliant road journey from Te Anau, awesome scenery all the way and a great commentary from our driver Hudson.