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From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walk

1. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walk

Enjoy a leisurely day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, with an extended nature cruise along the full length of the fiord. Your tour includes all the best scenic stops, including short walks. From Te Anau, travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides who are eager to share their stories, knowledge, and passion for the area. Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will join a nature cruise traveling out to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and wildlife. On completion of the cruise, passengers will board a small coach and begin their journey overland. If you prefer shorter walks, stay with the nature guide and enjoy a series of walks in a range of different environments within the National Park. Take a wilderness tea break and regain your strength with hot drinks and home-baked biscuits. Enjoy access to the Hollyford Valley, Lake Gunn, and the Marian Gantry. Step into the ancient native forest, and witness this World Heritage area and its untamed wilderness at its best. Finally, enjoy short walks and scenic stops on a 2-hour nature cruise on Milford Sound before returning to Te Anau.

Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

2. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

Your tour will begin when you arrive at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau 5, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard “Faith”. You'll then receive a personalized briefing about safety onboard the ship and what to expect during the cruise.  Once onboard, you’ll be free to roam around and your crew will offer you a drink and a chat during the 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf. During this time, you’ll learn about the history of your cruise ship, the vessel’s journey from Scotland in the 1980s and its Royal Navy service during WW2. Upon arrival at the Hidden Lakes, experience a guided walking tour of Fiordland National Park of roughly 45 minutes, and learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the wharf, enjoy a selection of canapés and desserts in the calm of the cove. Finally, sit back and enjoy the journey home or visit the engine room to take a turn behind the wheel.

Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

3. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

Begin your tour at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard. After a safety briefing and check-in, you'll be free to explore the ship. Enjoy some light refreshments on the scenic 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf.   Upon arrival, leave the ship for a guided 45-minute walk through the Fiordland National Park. Learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the ship, enjoy a delicious morning tea with a selection of canapes and desserts in the peaceful cove. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the journey back to Lake Te Anau.

From Te Anau: Full Day Guided Walk Along the Routeburn Track

4. From Te Anau: Full Day Guided Walk Along the Routeburn Track

Enjoy a guided day excursion from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. Begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Divide Shelter which is the starting point for the guided walk to Key Summit. There will be opportunities for photo stops along the way. Departing from the Divide, the walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest on a well maintained track. The steady climb takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Your guide will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, emerge from the forest into the alpine environment, with extensive panoramic views of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. Enjoy lunch along the way, perhaps on the Summit amidst the alpine tarns, or below in the Greenstone Valley beside lovely Lake Howden nestled in among the mountains.  Visit a nearby back country tramping hut.    After lunch steps are retraced to the Divide Shelter before returning to Te Anau with your guide.

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What people are saying about Te Anau

Fabulous cruise, certainly helped by beautiful weather, and the scenery is simply stunning. The "Faith" is a beautiful old boat and the crew, George and Sam, are most hospitable and friendly, and totally passionate about the boat the the tour they offer. The walk to the Hidden Lake is beautiful and we were entertained by several black robins along the way. Just make sure you wear sturdy shoes. The most relaxing way to spend 3 hours in Te Anau, such good value. Thank you George and Adam, and to Adam for some beautiful bagpipe playing way out in the middle of the lake.

Thanks to George and Marie for a wonderful 2 hrs on the beautiful Faith. You guys were amazing . Great high tea and fantastic walk to the hidden lake with really informative info. Definitely one of our South Island highlights. Awesome to meet you. - Julie and Alix

Excellent trip; my family enjoyed the slow cruise over the lake. Walking tour was perfect, not too short not too long. Morning tea food was delicious. Great hospitality.

Very enjoyable, informative relaxed trip. Lovely bush walk, great refreshments. History of vessel very interesting. Highly recommend.

My wife and I had a great trip. The tour guide was awesome and the sights were amazing. We would recommend to everyone.