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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

  • Full-day tour of Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Fiordland National Park
  • Drive the spectacular Milford Road, one of New Zealand’s most famous drives
Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown
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Milford Sound is one of the star attractions of New Zealand’s South Island, but its remote location makes it tricky to visit on a day tour. This full-day tour from Queenstown is ideal for those short on time, combining a thrilling drive along the famous Milford Road, a scenic cruise around the UNESCO-listed fjord, and the chance to spot seals, dolphins and penguins.
What to Expect
Your day begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Queenstown hotel by luxury coach. There’s a long journey ahead, so settle into your seats for the 4- to 5-hour drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Don’t worry about getting bored, though – you’ll be driving along the mountaintop Milford Road, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular roads, and there will be plenty of stops and photo opportunities along the way. As you soak up the scenery of the Fiordland National Park, listen as your driver points out natural wonders, and tells stories about the region’s fascinating history.

On arrival at Milford Sound, hop aboard a boat for a scenic 2.5-hour cruise around the fjord. Keep your camera close to hand as you pass natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mount Pembroke.

Climb onto your boat’s viewing platform to get a better view of the local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. As you continue towards the Tasman Sea coast, pass beneath the distinctive 5,551-foot (1,692 meter) mountain of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

As you turn back into Milford Sound, see the dramatic approach witnessed by the first settlers at the end of the 18th-century, and hear stories about their journey from your guide’s live on-board commentary.

Back on dry land, the coach will be waiting to take you back to Queenstown, where your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
Reviews (32)
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Reviewed yesterday

We were very fortunate on our first day in New Zealand to have Hudson Turnbull as our coach driver/guide to Milford Sound, as en route he summarised (in a most entertaining way) the history of New Zealand and its environment, so we were grateful every...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SusieJohn0
Reviewed 4 days ago
Amazing views, better on a clear day

Maybe put too many people on the boat. And we'd just gotten off the Doubtful Sound Overninght which had a much nicer boat so maybe we were spoiled. Still beautiful!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tyegator
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Long Ride and Very Little Commentary Made Longer

The driver did just that - drive. He provided very little commentary and was not readily available to answer any questions, as he was on the phone a lot or talking to his driver friends during stops. This made the long ride seem even longer....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Steven S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful Scenery, Great Guide & Cool Cruise

Once in a lifetime experience to see the Sound. Accompanied by a great guide in Roland and a safe driver to boot. It was a good trip and we would recommend it to our friends.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MTPtravelsUSA
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

The highlight of our NZ trip. Our driver/guide Chris was knowledgeable and professional. The views were spectacular. We were hungry by the time we were on the cruise so we were happy to have pre-ordered lunch. We sat outside despite the brisk wind to enjoy...More

Thank ruthinglis64
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Ron D
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Response from tamatiu | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the weather the flights go on the hour and the package is around $600 to take the coach from Queenstown / cruise / Fly return. Or around $500 for fly/cruise/fly