Day trip

Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

4.9 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Altitude Tours

Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Activity provider: Altitude Tours
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 145.27 per person

Embark on a small group tour departing from Queenstown and enjoy a nature cruise with plenty of amazing photo opportunities in the majestic Milford Sound.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up possible from hotels and backpacker accommodations in Queenstown on request.


  • Enjoy a premium tour with a maximum of 16 guests
  • Travel in comfort in Mercedes touring vehicles designed for long-distance comfort
  • Enjoy a stunning, two-hour nature cruise on the fjord, designed for ultimate viewing with large windows and an onboard nature guide
  • Escape the crowds on native forest walks past waterfalls and endemic wildlife
Full description
Get away from the overcrowded buses, long lines, and obstructed views, and enjoy pure premium travel as you embark on a fabulous small group tour to discover New Zealand's renowned Milford Sound. Combining premium travel in a Mercedes with an amazing scenic nature cruise, a packed picnic lunch (optional), and loads of off-the-beaten-track visits to stunning locations, this really is the best way to discover Milford Sound. Travel to Milford in style in a premium Mercedes minivan fully equipped with Wi-Fi, bottled water, and large viewing windows for taking in the amazing sights. Enjoy plenty of stops along the way. Upon arrival to Milford, take a scenic 2-hour cruise along the fjord, where you can lap up the spectacular sights and go under waterfalls. Allow your local guide to provide you with informative commentary while you absorb the lush surrounding scenery and spectacular views. Along the way, you'll see everything from cascading waterfalls, mirrored lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains to fascinating fur seals and dolphins. There is even a stop at a native beech forest where you can take a leisurely stroll. This premium experience is topped off with a delicious packed picnic lunch which can be enjoyed on the cruise while soaking up the views, before traveling back to Queenstown.
  • Full-day guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Roundtrip transport via premium Mercedes van
  • 2-hour nature boat cruise
  • Bottled water and Wi-Fi
  • Pickup and drop-off from central hotels or meeting points
  • Packed picnic lunch
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors
    Traveler requirements
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • The pickup service is available at select accommodations in Queenstown and not at Airbnb accommodation or private addresses unless agreed with the local partner
    • If your hotel is not included in the pickup service, please contact the local partner for a meeting point
    •  This activity requires a minimum of six participants to operate; you will be offered alternative dates or full refund in the event that minimum numbers aren't met
    • Pickup times vary depending on your tour departure and location
    • It is recommended to wear walking shoes, warm clothing, and a waterproof jacket and bring snacks
    • Please be aware this is a full-day tour of up to 12 hours from Queenstown
    • Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated; the operator will do their best to accommodate other dietary requirements
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 24 reviews

    Review summary

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    Took the tour with Altitude Tours. Roland, our driver and guide, was very professional and accomodating. The stops he made along the journey were all very scenic. Milford Sound is beautiful. Definitely worth the long journeyn getting there. The return journey was however very tedious and long, made worse by short daylight hours during winter.

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    June 23, 2022

    Pick up was on time and everything went smoothly. We enjoyed every aspect of the trip. The other passengers were friendly and Andy, the driver/ host was top class. His friendly commentary ensured a good day. Small numbers made the trip even better as we felt we had a personal guide. A long day but worth it in every way and would certainly recommend using a commercial operator to do this trip from Queenstown and would certainly recommend this company.

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    April 7, 2021

    Wonderful round day with delicious food and a funny bus driver

    When planning my trip, I first thought about going into the Milford Sounds myself. After this tour with the BBQ bus my decision paid off not to do so. The journey is very long and very exhausting due to the road conditions, but it was not so in the BBQ bus. You could sit back and relax and enjoy the view. Our bus driver knew all the spots for good photo breaks and didn't extend them too much. The food at the stopover was very loving and delicious and prepared ecologically. Care was taken to use as little plastic as possible. The boat trip on the Milford was very well organized and there was free coffee and tea. On the way back the bus driver showed us a documentary about the development of New Zealand and then another New Zealand film that was very funny. We made a stopover in a very nice café. Great tour! Thanks a lot!

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    November 27, 2018

    Product ID: 108139