Te Anau: Milford Sound Bus, Cruise, Observatory, & Lunch

4.7 / 5

42 reviews

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

Te Anau: Milford Sound Bus, Cruise, Observatory, & Lunch

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries
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From US$ 117.24 per person

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Enjoy a more intimate Milford Sound experience from Te Anau. Discover the fiord on a boat cruise. Visit the Underwater Observatory and savor an included picnic lunch.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Encounter Milford Sound on a day trip from Te Anau
  • Enjoy the most in-depth Milford Sound day trip experience
  • 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
Full description
Set off on a day trip from Te Anau to Milford Sound and enjoy a more intimate and in-depth 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 bus driver provides engaging and informative commentary. Enjoy short walks and photo stops along Milford Road. 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. Your passionate skipper 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 re-join the bus for the return journey to Te Anau.
  • Travel in a premium, spacious bus with comfortable seats
  • Charging ports on the bus
  • Cruise on Milford Sound on a smaller boat
  • English commentary from your experienced coach driver
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    Te Anau Visitor Centre, 80 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Jacket
    • Insect repellent

    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
    • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the operator. These must be provided by the parent or caregiver - without this you may be turned away and unable to travel
    • 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 42 reviews

    Review summary

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    The bus drive and cruise were beautiful, our driver Richard was great, the lunch was yummy (vegan/vegetarian option was available, which was very thoughtful of them, and it was good!), and it was super cool to see the black coral and sea creatures in the observatory.

    March 26, 2023

    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.

    March 26, 2023

    Der komplette Tag war gut strukturiert und optimal um Milford Sound zu erleben. Jeder Mitarbeiter im Tagesablauf hat gut informiert und seinen Teil zu einem entspannten Tag mit allen beschrieben Tourinhalte geleistet. Der Bus war modern und mit Glaselementen im Dach konnte man die Natur auch während der Fahrt genießen. In meinem Fall war weder der Bus noch das Boot zu voll. Die Natur ist einmalig. Sowohl Busfahrer als auch die Bootscrew haben das Beste getan um so viel wie möglich in der Zeit zu sehen. Das Observatorium war gut organisiert und es gab sowohl viele nützliche Infos vom Guide als auch nachzulesen.

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    March 26, 2023

    Product ID: 174894