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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

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    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 and keep a look out for local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of 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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    88 Beach St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    12h 45m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Beverages
    • Live commentary on board (English only) - interpretation handouts available in German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Te Anau
    • Entry/Admission - Eglinton Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Mirror Lakes Walk
    • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
    • Entry/Admission - Milford sound Hwy
    • Entry/Admission - Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions
    • Please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Great tour, very well organized. Although the price may scare you, it does meet the quality of what is offered.

    Thank PedroCBarata
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    A wonderful cruise. The scenery is spectacular for young and old. This is one adventure that should not be missed. Kipling said this is a wonder of the world - YOU WILL AGREE.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Rosemere351
    Reviewed August 28, 2019

    Was a really nice day. The views were incredible, we were quite lucky with the weather. The driver was great. The bus ride was very relaxing and also interesting as the driver provided good commentary for the interest points of the trip.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank DaveMN13
    Reviewed June 25, 2019

    Milford Sound was beautiful. Beware the long bus trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound and back. The glass top bus roof was great for when we were going through forested areas and at night with the stars. Saw native birds and seals, and went under...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank shalisacm
    Reviewed June 24, 2019

    We booked the day trip from Queenstown with Real Journeys. Excellent logistical arrangements with pickup from the hotel. The coach we rode in was in excellent condition, and I appreciated the company's concern for our safety. Our bus driver was an invaluable source of information,...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank deblimln
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    October 5, 2018|
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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
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    • Duration: 12h 45m
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    • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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