Mirror Lakes

Mirror Lakes: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 deep blue waters. Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your skipper in the open wheelhouse. Get within touching distance of impressive glaciar-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown. 

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Tour with Lunch

In the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is known as one of New Zealand’s top scenic attractions. On this day tour from Queenstown, jump on board an air-conditioned coach and be entertained with commentary from your driver/guide. After passing through the 1.2-kilometer-long Homer Tunnel, descend into Milford Sound. Here jump on board a boat to cruise along the fjord. Take in the famous sights, like the uniquely-shaped Mitre Peak and the glacier-scarred rock. Keep an eye out for marine life like dolphins, seals, and penguins too. The fjord is dotted with waterfalls that tumble through the valleys and crash into the sound far below, making the scenery in Milford Sound spectacular, rain or shine.

Te Anau: Full-Day National Park Tour with Cruise and Lunch

3. Te Anau: Full-Day National Park Tour with Cruise and Lunch

Experience the rugged beauty of Fiordland National Park, a region rich with dense native bush, lakes, and waterfalls cascading from mountain peaks. Soak in the stunning views through a glass ceiling as you pass through the Eglinton Valley with its ancient alpine forest and the famous Mirror Lakes. Head to Upper Hollyford Valley and pass the stunning Christie Falls. Depart through the Homer Tunnel and enter the breathtaking Cleddau Valley. From here, descend into Milford Sound and board a scenic boat cruise. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch as you cruise along the fiord, keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals, penguins, and other marine life. See natural wonders like Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls rising 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from valleys high above. After your Milford Sound cruise, your guide will be waiting to drive you back to Te Anau, arriving late afternoon.

Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

4. Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

Join a guided day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau to the world-renowned Milford Sound: the crowning glory of Fiordland. Highlights of the drive will include Lake Wakatipu, the Devil’s Staircase, the truly majestic mountains of Fiordland, Mirror Lake, and Homer Tunnel. Enjoy multiple stops along the way for photo opportunities and to spot the Kea bird. Travel through the mind-blowing Homer Tunnel, emerging as the valley descends sharply down to Milford Sound, with its hundreds of waterfalls cascading into the crystal clear waters beneath. At Milford Sound, take an intimate cruise on a smaller boat that gets right up close to nature and wildlife. Onboard your cruise you will have up-close views of thousands of waterfalls, Mitre Peak, as well as local wildlife, providing you with hundreds of amazing photo opportunities along the way. Following your cruise you will begin the return journey back to Queenstown, stopping again in Te Anau for a quick break. At the end of the day, your guide will drop you back to your Queenstown accommodation, or you can opt to upgrade to a scenic, one-way flight back from Milford instead. Choose this option for the ultimate view over the mountains and region during your return journey.

From Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour with Cruise and Lunch

5. 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. Board the boat for a sightseeing cruise and see impressive views of Mitre Peak. Back on dry land, take a bush walk through The Chasm and snap photos at Pop's View Lookout, on the return journey to Te Anau.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Day Trip with Cruise & Flight

6. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Day Trip with Cruise & Flight

The coach journey there Departing from Queenstown, you’ll travel to Milford Sound in a comfortable, modern Mercedes van with panoramic windows for superior viewing, as your driver shares their extensive knowledge of the area along the picturesque Milford Road. Along the drive you’ll see local points of beauty such as Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat and the famous Eglington Valley. This is followed by your 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise Sit back and relax as your cruise makes its way out into Milford Sound past the iconic Mitre Peak. We’ll sail the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, with informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. You’ll see towering peaks, sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest. Feel the spray of Fairy Falls and listen to the sound of nature thriving in its habitat. We also take you out into the Tasman Sea so you can enjoy the unique opportunity of approaching the fiord just as the first sealers did way back in the 18th century. Be sure to keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region. Keep warm with complimentary tea and coffee in the lounge and take in the scenery through expansive windows. Or venture onto the spacious outdoor viewing decks to breathe in the pristine alpine air. Either way, you will be inspired by the majesty of the region. The scenic flight back Complete your journey with an epic birds-eye view of this untouched region as you fly back. Scenic flights from Milford Sound are nothing short of spectacular! Fly over snowcapped mountain ranges, tumbling waterfalls and sparkling lakes including the breathtaking and incredibly blue Lake Wakatipu upon landing in Queenstown.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Scenic Drive

7. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise and Scenic Drive

Depart from Queenstown and travel to Milford Sound for a cruise of the fjord. Your driver will share their extensive knowledge of the area as your drive down the picturesque Milford Road. See local natural landmarks, such as Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, and the famous Eglington Valley. On your cruise, head past the iconic Mitre Peak and sail past St. Annes Point Lighthouse. Enjoy commentary from your skipper as you pass the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock, Stirling Falls, and Fairy Falls. Head out into the Tasman Sea and keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fjordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region. Keep warm with complimentary tea and coffee in the lounge and take in the scenery through expansive windows. Venture onto the outdoor viewing decks to breathe in the pristine alpine air. Head back to Queenstown with some photo stops along the way.

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What people are saying about Mirror Lakes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 505 reviews

Shallindra (excuse my spelling) was our guide and I would like to say this man deserves a promotion, a pay rise and at the very least employee of the month. Incredibly hospitable and very in touch with his passengers needs. I was a solo traveller and he ensured I still had photos taken at all of the scenic pictures spots. He was so attentive when a child on board felt unwell and even shared some cough sweets to someone with a bad throat. His humour was delightful, knowledge of the area very insightful, we all learnt lots and the actual trip itself was smooth, effortless and super easy. Such a relief for a solo traveller. Thank you Shallindrah

We fell in love with Milford Sound the second we arrived! I could go there every day of my life and be amazed by everything surrounding me every single time! And with Te Anau: Milford Sound Tour this experience was so much more amazing! Our guide, Jamie, welcomed us and gave such an amazing experience with all his knowledge about this place and everything in it that we just loved it even more! The cruise was astounding and it felt really personal, despite being for dozens of people! We felt that everyone on the cruise loved everything! It was one of the best experiences of my life!!

Milford sound itself is overhyped, comparing to other beautiful places we have been. The 45 mins drive way from Queenstown to Glenorchy is more scenic than Milford in our opinion. Nevertheless, our tour guide Mark from cheeky kiwi made our day. His knowledge in geology and environmental science plus his unique sense of humour energised our more than 4 hours drive to the Milford sound cruise point.

Breathtaking experience… loved so much the scenic views. Our driver/host, Brad, is so brilliant and patient. Highly recommended and must be included in the itinerary when visiting Queenstown!

Bus service and guide are excellent, so is the cruise.