Milford Sound
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  • Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

    1. Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

    Enjoy a leisurely small-group 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. In the summer (1 November - 30 April) you can also select a 2.5 hour self-guided hike to key summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. 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, rainforest, 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 gu...

    Great trip, little stops along the way, boat tour was great, guide was welcoming and informative, recommend this tour!

  • Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    2. Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    This coach trip includes a Milford Sound cruise aboard a comfortable, purpose-built cruise boat with optional lunch and refreshments. Enjoy multiple stops on your way to Milford Sound which makes the day even more amazing! When you arrive in Te anau - your first stop of the day - enjoy a toilet break and time to grab something from the cafe. They have great coffee, muffins and snacks! Enjoy a stop at the mirror lakes, a beautiful 5 minute boardwalk through a rainforest and other photo opportunities that make your journey to Milford Sound even more special.  On arrival at Milford Sound you immediately proceed to the boat terminal, where your driver will give you your boat pass and direct you to your cruise boat. On boarding, make yourself comfortable in one of the saloons or catch the scenery from the decks. Milford Sound is famous for its waterfalls, and if it's raining it's even more...

    Great tour guide, he was extremely enthusiastic and witty. Exactly what you need for a big day!

  • From Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour with Cruise and Lunch

    3. From Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour with Cruise and Lunch

    Take a guided tour by comfortable minibus to explore the natural beauty of Milford Sound and the surrounding area. Your tour includes a sightseeing cruise, a picnic lunch, and plenty of scenic stops along the way. Meet your guide in Te Anau and drive along the lakeside, making a stop at Te Anau Downs to soak in the scenery. Enter the Fiordland National Park and visit Eglinton Valley, to admire the landscape carved by an ancient glacier. Continue to Mirror Lakes and see the Earl Mountains reflected in these clear waters. Relax and take photos by Lake Gunn, before continuing towards Hollyford River. Pass the waterfall at Falls Creek as you head higher into the Darran Mountains, stopping at viewpoints along the way. Keep a look out for local wildlife, including kea, the world’s largest alpine parrot. Enter Homer Tunnel and learn this history of this hand-built tunnel, before arriving at ...

  • Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise Day Trip from Queenstown

    4. Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise Day Trip from Queenstown

    Travel to Milford Sound for an extended nature cruise on a day trip from Queenstown. Experience one of the most beautiful drives in the world in the comfort of a state-of-the-art coach. After meeting at a central location in Queenstown, you'll board the luxury coach and journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu into rolling countryside through to Te Anau. Take a short break, then continue along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road. Enjoy photo stops and short walks along the way. Relax on an extended nature cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls and mountains along the way. A specialist nature guide will provide live informative commentary. You can also bring your own lunch or purchase snacks and drinks (cash only) on-board. Following the cruise, board the coach for your return journey to Queenstown that allows for bathroom br...

    the double rows of sky windows are awesome! The cruise went underneath the waterfalls and we saw some seals and dolphins! Everything’s pretty smooth and easy, we had a very good time!

  • Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

    5. Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

    Take flight a small luxury plane leaving Queenstown. Admire the awe-inspiring scenery from your very own window seat as you soar over Fiordland National Park, listening to the pilot's commentary. Landing at Milford Sound airport you will be escorted to the Cruise Terminal either by shuttle or 15 minute nature walk to meet your boat. Enjoy 2 hours of spectacular scenery and wildlife on the Gem of the Sound, learn all about the history of the area from the skipper as he skillfully pulls the boat underneath waterfalls and right up to the base of famous Mitre Peak. Your pilots will meet you off the cruise at the Terminal and take you back to the awaiting plane for your return to Queenstown. Your complimentary shuttle will drop you back to your hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the legendary dining scene.

  • Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

    6. Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

    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 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 luxury 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 ...

    Great - Bo was very friendly and took us to many stops along the way to Milford Sound.

  • Kayak Milford Sound

    7. Kayak Milford Sound

    Don't just look at Milford Sound. Get ready to immerse yourself at sea level on a kayak journey you will be hard pressed to forget. Guides will lead you out to explore this epic vista during a 4-5 hour paddle experience. Kayak along the walls of mighty mountains, feel the fresh waterfall spray on your face as you navigate the wild fiords. Bring your own lunch to enjoy on a secluded beach and if the afternoon breeze picks up your group will raft up the kayaks and sail back to base together. If you're lucky the local wildlife will make an appearance. Grab a coffee, it’s an early start. Drive the Milford Road and arrive at Deepwater Basin. Meet the team, they will get you checked in and ready for your day. Get kitted out in all your gear, thermals, spray jacket, life vest and spray skirt provided. Once you’re changed grab a paddle and get inducted. Your guide will run through a full safety...

  • Milford Sound: Half-Day Guided Milford Track Walk

    8. 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, a site festooned with the b...

    I Can highli recommend this trip if you just want a taste of the 4 day hike at Milford Track. It’s beautiful - very very wet, but beautiful.

  • Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic Cruise

    9. Milford Sound: Full Day Guided Hike and Scenic 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.

    Unbelievable. The views from the cruise we’re stunning. The walk, rainy in the rain forest, was about 20,000 steps, but well worth it

  • Te Anau: Milford Sound Bus, Cruise, Observatory, and Lunch

    10. Te Anau: Milford Sound Bus, Cruise, Observatory, and Lunch

    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 und...

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What people are saying about Milford Sound

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 338 reviews

Great trip, little stops along the way, boat tour was great, guide was welcoming and informative, recommend this tour!

Our guide went above and beyond to make this a trip of a lifetime. Absolutely magical experience, highly recommend.

Tour was incredible and guide was very knowledgeable and fun. We had a lot of laughs along the way! Thank you!!!

Great tour guide, he was extremely enthusiastic and witty. Exactly what you need for a big day!

Great - Bo was very friendly and took us to many stops along the way to Milford Sound.