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Cruise Milford Small Group Day Tour from Queenstown provided by Cruise Milford

Cruise Milford Small Group Day Tour from Queenstown

Cruise Milford Small Group Day Tour from Queenstown
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
13h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
16
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
The limited passenger numbers on our modern Mercedes Sprinter Vans make for a much more personal experience. It also allows us to stop more often for photos and short walks than the big 50-seater coaches (up to 12 stops along the way). We connect with Milford Sound's only boutique small boat cruise. Passenger numbers on the cruise are limited to 50% of the boats capacity.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21377P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • a packed lunch is included, please advise us of any allergies or dietary requirements you may have
  • Boutique Small Boat Cruise at Milford Sound
Duration
13h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please call us to confirm your pickup location at least 24hrs before your tour departs. We will give you the correct pick up time and any further information required for you day tour.
  • Frankton Terminus, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Besides the hotels on the list we also pick up from the Frankton Bus Shelter. Please call us on +64 3 398 6112 at least 24hrs before your tour departs to confirm your pickup location and time with us.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Inclusions
  • a packed lunch is included, please advise us of any allergies or dietary requirements you may have
  • Boutique Small Boat Cruise at Milford Sound
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please call us to confirm your pickup location at least 24hrs before your tour departs. We will give you the correct pick up time and any further information required for you day tour.
  • Frankton Terminus, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Besides the hotels on the list we also pick up from the Frankton Bus Shelter. Please call us on +64 3 398 6112 at least 24hrs before your tour departs to confirm your pickup location and time with us.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
13h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Dec 4, 2021
A note from Cruise Milford Small Group Day Tour from Queenstown
We follow New Zealand's Ministry of Health guidelines.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Frankton Terminus
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Queenstown
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Lake Wakatipu
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Devil's Staircase Lookout Point
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    Lake Te Anau
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Te Anau Downs
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 6
    Eglinton Valley
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Mirror Lakes Walk
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Lake Gunn
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Darran Mountains
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Homer Tunnel
  • 10
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
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12 reviews
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Grace
1 contribution
Couples
My partner and I did the Queenstown to Milford sounds small group tour. We had the best time thanks to our tour guide Callum. He was not only very knowledgeable and informative but he was very entertaining which made the van ride go fast. We would definitely recommend Callum & cheeky kiwi tours.
Written July 9, 2021
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LisaEgerton
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased to hear you've enjoyed your small group tour from Queenstown with Callum.
Written February 17, 2022
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Rick
1 contribution
EXCELLENT!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, Kreig was very accommodating. Sharing his knowledge about the places and his experience is interesting. I did the right choice of booking in a smaller group rather than driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound
Written January 22, 2021
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Lisa G
Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are very happy to hear Kreig looked after you for the day. Joining our small group tour is definitely one way to make sure you get to see everything the Fiordland National Park has to offer.
Written January 25, 2021
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A S
Bideford, UK32 contributions
Look at the weather forecast before you go and try to pick a day when it will not be misty/foggy or lashing with rain! I would suggest doing a coach tour from Te Anau or Queenstown rather than driving to Milford Sound - the road is windy and goes through Homer Tunnel (single track) & coaches usually stop at Mirror Lakes, the Lupin Field & places to view the snow capped mountains on the way to Milford Sound. The company we went with owned the Cruise Ship we went on. The commentry and information on the bus journey down was great and we were fortunate to get up close at one of the stops to the inquisive Kea bird. The cruise ship was clean & tidy with free tea & coffee and helpful crew. The commentry was again good and there was plenty of freedom to stay inside with large windows or go out on deck. Take a waterproof/windproof coat as it can get cold on deck. From the start until we finished the cruise there were plenty of photo opportunities of mountains, waterfalls, seals etc. One of the 'must do' trips in New Zealand.
Written February 25, 2020
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Lisa G
Thank you for your great review. We are very happy to hear you've enjoyed your day out with us despite the misty/foggy weather. Taking one of our small group tours is a great way to travel as you get to relax and learn and see more about this beautiful area. Our local drivers love sharing their knowledge and passion about this place. We hope to welcome you back at Milford Sound one day.
Written December 9, 2020
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Craig P
1 contribution
A great day - Shane our tour guide was brilliant; his local knowledge of plants, animals and stories of Maori and European history in the area made it even better.
Funny and entertaining too !
The stops along the way were in really interesting places you may otherwise not know about; and the boat cruise was spectacular with the informative and humorous skipper.
We highly recommend the tour, great value too.
Written April 12, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are very pleased you enjoyed you tour to Milford Sound with us and thanks for choosing Cruise Milford.
Written June 12, 2022
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Leon T
1 contribution
Couples
If you are going to book a trip to Milford please use these guys! Such a good experience, Jonno was astounding with the knowledge he could provide over the duration of the trip. We found it great in a smaller group as we could interact with all. We were shown some good points of interest and got to experience the cruise on a good rainy day! Definitely recommend going with Milford Cruises 😊
Written June 7, 2021
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LisaEgerton
Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear you've enjoyed your small group tour from Te Anau with us. We are very lucky to have passionate guides like Jono. We hope you'll enjoy the rest of your travels.
Written June 7, 2021
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Alica P
7 contributions
Kreig was an excellent tour guide! The day I did this tour was right before Covid cancelled everything and it was a small group (only 5 of us). Our tour guide was amazing and made the experience memorable. I was at first planning on doing the drive solo from Queenstown, but the roads were closed and only were allowing organized tours. Although this was more expensive than just doing the cruise, in the end I was very pleased it worked out this way. The drive from Queenstown is long, and it's nice to just sit back and relax so you can enjoy all the views. We were also very lucky with having great weather! Cruise is stunning- definitely a must do. Highly recommend this company!!
Written March 27, 2020
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Lisa G
Thank you for your lovely review. We are very happy to hear that you've enjoyed the day tour to Milford Sound with us.
Written November 24, 2020
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NatureCruisin
New Zealand2 contributions
The trip there was as good as the cruise on the sound. Local Guide Jamie had heaps of knowledge of the area. Plenty of time to explore the nature on the way. So glad I picked this trip. Thanks for a great day😀
Written April 6, 2021
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LisaEgerton
Thank you for your review. It's great to hear you've enjoyed our small group tour.
Written April 10, 2021
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paulkK6140DI
Singapore, Singapore125 contributions
Smaller boat but amazing trip. Super views and Super friendly crew. Thanks to Hope And Julia for the juice for the Girls and Chris for sharing some fascinating facts.
Well worth the trip!
Written August 20, 2021
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LisaEgerton
Thank you for your kind review.
Written February 17, 2022
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TheBoujCrew
Tempe, AZ621 contributions
DATE OF TOUR: End of February 2020
BOOKED: directly through company
TOUR: 5 stars - bucket list material
TOUR GUIDES: 5 stars
CONTACT WITH COMPANY PRIOR TO TOUR: 5 stars
EASE OF BOOKING ONLINE: 5 stars

TIPS: bring snacks and water if you are able (especially if being picked up from Queenstown), 1 bathroom break to/from Queenstown to Milford Sound (there is a bathroom on the bus, but at one point ours was out of order), it was very beneficial for us to have an international cell in order for them to contact us, i recommend a rain coat (I got a lite one off of Amazon and that was plenty)

Milford Sound was high on my list when planning our trip to New Zealand. After experiencing it's wonder, I think this is something that should be on everyone's bucket list. Personally, I don't believe that the travel time to experience places should play that much of a role and I 100% feel that Milford Sound is worth it. Our time was just magical here.

Out of all the Milford Sound tours, we chose Cruise Milford based on a review we saw saying that their cruises were smaller at meant you got more access to the scenery, etc. And that was true when you saw our Cruise compared to others. I received a call/text the day before from the company to make sure we were set, Because of flooding recently, food would not be available at Milford Sound and we were offered a package to add lunch. They were also very friendly at fielding our questions on food, snacks, bathroom breaks, etc (see below). Thank goodness, T-Mobile offers relatively cheap deals for international phone service. The morning of, our ride never showed. So, I called the lady that we spoke to the night before and by the time she called me back, she already had a Taxi ready to pick us up and bring us to the final bus stop (there was a mixup in the system).

We booked our trip with transportation from our hotel in Queenstown. It is a 2-hour drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound, so it was honestly a great plan the day after getting in from our long flight as we slept most of the bus ride. From Queenstown there is a short stop to grab breakfast, coffee and use the bathroom and their grab/go pastries were DELICIOUS my husband and I went back for seconds before we got back on the bus. We stopped at the same stop on the way home and there wasn't much food left by the end of the day and hardly enough time to go to the other restaurants, so I HIGHLY recommend bringing snacks. There is a bathroom on the bus, but as I wrote above, ours was out of order halfway through the trip
Written January 31, 2021
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Lisa G
Thank you so much for this great review. We are so happy to hear you've had a great time with us for your day tour from Queenstown.
Written March 9, 2021
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Rebecca S
1 contribution
Family
It was a fantastic trip. We saw a lot more of Milford Sound than we would've if we had driven ourselves. Jono was a very informed and approachable guide.
Written February 2, 2022
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LisaEgerton
Thank you for your kind review. Taking the small group tour from Te Anau is definitely a great way to break up the day, and make sure you get to see it all. There are so many amazing hidden spot is Fiordland and it's always handy to have a local guide to point them all out.
Written March 12, 2022
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