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  • From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

    1. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

    Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 2-hour nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s de...

    We had a wonderful time in the Milford Sound bus tour and cruise with Southern Discoveries. Even though it was raining, our guide and driver, Brad, made sure we stopped for photos along the drive and kept us entertained with useful and interesting knowledge about the area. Due to high winds,however, we had to turn back from going on the cruise around the Milford Sound. Our guide was sincerely apologetic about the cancellation and I reckon he felt worse than we did! So we re-booked to go on the tour again the next day (complimentary passes) to a lovely clear day and were thoroughly mesmerized by the scenery of the road trip to the Sound and the Sound itself! It was 2 tours for the price of 1! We truly live in God's country and many thanks to Brad for sharing his inexhaustible knowledge and genuine love of the South Island with us. His recommendations on eateries and places to visit was also spot on. We will certainly be back! Thank you very much for making our trip so memorable!

  • From Te Anau: Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour

    2. From Te Anau: Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour

    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 van 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 nature 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 t...

    The activity was very professionally run. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The Milford Sounds themselves were stunning. I would highly recommend this experience!

  • Milford Sound: Cruise, Underwater Observatory, and Lunch

    3. Milford Sound: Cruise, Underwater Observatory, and Lunch

    Explore the beauty of the fiord on a vessel that’s purpose-built for the best daytime viewing. Set off on a day-trip that includes a delicious lunch, complimentary tea and coffee, and a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. Climb aboard a smaller vessel at the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal to discover more of the fiord on an authentic and insightful experience. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and waterfalls. Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by. A knowledgeable local guide will ensure you discover the wildlife, nature, and history of this remarkable sanctuary. Also enjoy a delicious picnic. Visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory for an experience unlike any other. Hidden under the surface in Harrison Cove in the mid...

    Love the cruise, learn a lot about Milford Sound(Fiordland). Captain and crew are super friendly and helpful. Highlight definitely being under the waterfall.

  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

    4. Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

    Climb aboard 'Gem of the Sound', the newest vessel to cruise in the fiord, for a Milford Sound nature cruise. Capture the best views of the incredible fiord with three-levels of indoor and outdoor seating, unique glass roofs, and large viewing decks. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board and embrace you as one of the family, whilst you marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth. Relax in the comfortable booth seating with stylish decor and ambient lighting. High-definition cameras project outdoor footage live onto TV screens throughout the vessel - so no matter where are, you won't miss a thing. Admire New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks and feel the spray of cascading waterfalls. Look out for playful dolphins and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Travel the length of the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, to see why ...

    Great boat trip with friendly informative staff on board. The boat has plenty of space and viewing decks were excellent.?

  • Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

    5. Queenstown: Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Full-Day Trip

    Enjoy a fun and leisurely day trip to admire the glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops of the world-famous fiord at Milford Sound.

    Start with a bus journey as you sit back, draw the curtains, and nap en route to Te Anau. Your driver will share their local knowledge as you stop along the way to see spectacular scenery. Marvel at views of waterfalls, wildlife, and the rainforest. Soak up the sights from any of the three indoor and outdoor viewing decks during your cruise and join your jovial crew at the bow as you nose under Stirling Falls for a free shower in some of the world's freshest water.  Complimentary tea service is available for the entire cruise and espresso coffee, snacks cakes, and a selection of drinks can be purchased from "Off The Rocks" onboard bar.

    A wonderful experience seeing Kiwi hospitality at its best and the most beautiful South Island scenery. great value for money. Enjoyed every minute. thanks.

  • Milford Sound Waterfalls, Wildlife & Rainforest Cruise

    6. Milford Sound Waterfalls, Wildlife & Rainforest Cruise

    Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery aboard the 'Maiden of Milford', a modern catamaran. Enjoy fabulous service from your friendly crew, wonderful commentary, and the scenic cruise experience of a lifetime in one of the world’s most spectacular locations. Explore three spacious viewing decks and enjoy the freedom to move around at your leisure on the uncrowded vessel. Climb up to the completely open upper-deck, an ideal spot for 360-degree views and for magical photos. Lookout for New Zealand fur seals, playful dolphins, and the elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Join your jovial crew at the bow as you nose under Stirling Falls for a free shower in some of the world's freshest water. In the upper-cabin, you'll find a selection of snacks, drinks, gourmet pies, and espresso coffee available for purchase from the licensed 'Off the Rocks' bar.

    Absolutely loved loved loved this adventure!! Great friendly staff, really good captain and commentary - loved how the boat was carefully manouvered up to the glacial waterfalls so we could experience a glacial shower (optional of course) but worth the experience if you were game enough to try it!!

  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Optional Lunch

    7. Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Optional Lunch

    Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran in Milford Sound Cruise Terminal and set sail across the water to discover the unique wildlife of one of South Island's most picturesque attractions. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee onboard and pre-purchase a picnic lunch when booking. Journey down the south side of the fjord and out into the Tasman Sea, before returning up the north side of the fjord. Listen to fascinating commentary about the region from your skipper in the open wheelhouse and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by.  Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. Feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls. The friendly staff will roam the vessel available to answer your questions on the history, geology, and wildlife of the fiord along the way.

    Milford Sound cruise is a must do for all New Zealanders, absolutely amazing scenery!

  • Milford Sound: Boutique Small-Boat Cruise

    8. Milford Sound: Boutique Small-Boat Cruise

    Your cruise will begin at one of the most scenic points of the journey. You can take in the magnificent view of Mitre Peak (New Zealand's most photographed mountain) and the Sinbad Gully. This place is home to the Kakapo (world's heaviest flightless parrot), which was once thought to be extinct but was rediscovered in 1948. From there you will cruise past seal colonies and feel the spray of the waterfall as you travel directly under the Fairy Falls. Once the cruise reaches the Tasman Sea, you will get to see the hidden entrance to the Milford Sound (which Captain Cook missed twice on his explorations). On your return journey, you will find yourself underneath an even bigger waterfall, the Sterling Falls. If you feel like a world-famous "glacial facial", don't miss the opportunity here to do so. Throughout your tour, nature guides will entertain you with local anecdotes, as well as offe...

    Really great time. Staff were very informative and easy to talk to. Was wonderful being on a smaller boat. We had a fantastic time and will definitely go again!!

  • Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    9. 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!

  • Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

    10. Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

    Your tour starts off with a cruise along the entire length of the sound and out to the Tasman Sea on a Nature cruise. Each cruise has a different focus and explores a different part of the sound, so pick the one that's best for you! Towards the end of your cruise you will be dropped off at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to journey through the history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound and visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory to view rare black coral. Then, your specialist kayak and nature guide will take you over to the kayaking pontoon to enjoy up to 90 minutes of relaxing kayaking in serene Harrison Cove. Gaze through the glacier-fed waters as you kayak in one of the most majestic places in the world. This is an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 kayaks per tour including a specialist kayak and nature guide to point out the fjord features and w...

    Milford Sound is so beautiful. One of the best trips ever. By doing the cruise, under water observatory and the kayak we got to spend quite a bit of time and really got the full experience. Very friendly helpful informative guide. Anyone can do the kayak with the great launching platform that lifts and lowers you into and out of the water. Bonus great picnic lunch bag provided to each of us. The water is so crystal clear and you get to paddle right up to the sides of the fiords. Totally recommend whole experience is breathtaking from start to finish. Bonus of seeing dolphins and fur seals also.

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What people are saying about Milford Sound

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,135 reviews

We had a wonderful time in the Milford Sound bus tour and cruise with Southern Discoveries. Even though it was raining, our guide and driver, Brad, made sure we stopped for photos along the drive and kept us entertained with useful and interesting knowledge about the area. Due to high winds,however, we had to turn back from going on the cruise around the Milford Sound. Our guide was sincerely apologetic about the cancellation and I reckon he felt worse than we did! So we re-booked to go on the tour again the next day (complimentary passes) to a lovely clear day and were thoroughly mesmerized by the scenery of the road trip to the Sound and the Sound itself! It was 2 tours for the price of 1! We truly live in God's country and many thanks to Brad for sharing his inexhaustible knowledge and genuine love of the South Island with us. His recommendations on eateries and places to visit was also spot on. We will certainly be back! Thank you very much for making our trip so memorable!

The activity was very professionally run. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The Milford Sounds themselves were stunning. I would highly recommend this experience!

It was amazing. Guide was friendly and managed to give us so many facts and stories about the surroundings which I never knew. It was a superb experience overall.

A wonderful experience seeing Kiwi hospitality at its best and the most beautiful South Island scenery. great value for money. Enjoyed every minute. thanks.

Very well organised. Excellent and informative driver, Gabe.