Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour

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Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour information and booking

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Oct - April:9:15pm return to Queenstown 6:45pm return to Te Anau May - Sept: 8pm return to Queenstown 5:30pm return to Te Anau
Time of departure
Milford Sound Cruise Only from Milford SoundOct - April:9:15am11:15am1:15pm3:15pmMay - Sept:9:45am11:45am1:45amMilford Sound Cruise and Coach Tour8:45am from Queenstown11:15am from Te Anau8am from Queenstown10:30am from Te Anau
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Tour description provided by Viator

Admire the spectacular sights of Milford Sound on a scenic cruise! As you marvel at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, see dolphins, seals and penguins against a backdrop of cascading waterfalls and a lush rainforest. If you want to see more stunning scenery, take an optional coach tour from Queenstown or Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, stopping for short, guided walks and plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

If you choose the coach tour option, the trip to Milford Sound is a 4-hour drive from Queenstown and a 2-hour drive from Te Anau. After hotel pickup, journey through the pristine mountain landscapes of Fiordland National Park. Encounter beautiful scenery; enjoy plenty of photo stops; and listen to your guide’s interesting and informative narration.

Marvel at the Avenue of Disappearing Mountains, an optical illusion where the mountains appear to sink into the surrounding beech forest. Crossing the halfway point between the equator and the South Pole, see stunning views over Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel and descending into lush rainforest canyons. You will also see majestic views of Mt Tutoko, the highest and most glaciated peak in Fiordland National Park.

Arrive at Milford Sound, one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. If you choose the cruise-only option, this is where you’ll meet to start your tour. Board the boat for a 1.5-hour cruise, taking in the spectacular sights of waterfalls cascading from towering rock walls and verdant rainforests gripping the cliffs. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea while watching seals, penguins and dolphins swim in the water.

You'll cruise Milford Sound on a two-deck vessel that offers great viewing from inside and outside on both decks. Each cruise is limited to 100 passengers to ensure a choice of seating and uninterrupted viewing. It is the only vessel on Milford Sound to provide a glass-roof, all-weather viewing area.

For the cruise-only option, your tour concludes on shore. For the coach tour option, you will be taken back to your Queenstown or Te Anau hotel.

What's included

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Tea and coffee
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Gst (goods and services tax)

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified