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Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

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Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

Does anyone know roughly how much the fuel cost would be to drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound and back? We'll be in a rental car (two of us), but I'm not sure which type. I'm trying to decide if it's more economical to drive ourselves or do a tour that includes coach transport. I've also read varying lengths of time for the trip - is five hours one way about right?

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2. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

The bus trip is fantastic. We went with the Barbeque bus. It took 12 hrs Queenstown to Queenstown. There were numerous stops in Te Anau and at various scenic spots along the way. The commentary filled you in on the geology and history of what you were seeing. Both if you get to see the scenery and it is an easy enjoyable day for both of you. The roads are narrow, windy and there are a lot of idiot campervan drivers who are unfamiliar with the roads and their vans cluttering it up. Save your sanity and energy for something else.

My dh was not keen about bus trips but raves about this one. It also means you can stay in Qtown and not pack/unpack for the day.

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3. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

If you are visiting Milford Sound for the first time take the coach. It is more relaxing and drivers commentary will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the area. The milford road is very congested in the summer months and the risks of having an accident in your rental car is high. For about $150 you can coach cruise coach Milford Sound from Queenstown. This includes the cruise on Milford Sound which would cost about $90 each if you drove yourself.

Taking a coach tour also gives you an option of flying back to Queenstown after the cruise if the weather permits.

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4. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

Thanks for the replies - coach it is then!

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5. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

Interesting conversation. I am looking at driving in July. Thoughts? I would likely skip the area if I have to do a bus....

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6. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

This topic has been discussed endlessly on here. I suggest you do a search to find past (many relatively recent) threads on the pros and cons of driving vs bus to Milford Sound.

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8. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

Just not a bus kinda guy. If I drive from Christchurch to Queenstown. Then Q to Wanaka. Then Wanaka up to Franz Joseph Glacier. Am I keeping far enough North to avoid road closures (I know you can't forecast a 50 year storm, but generally speaking..). I guess I don't understand where things become REALLY remote as you head south. Thanks for your input.

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9. Re: Cost of driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound?

Hi,

I agree 100% bus/coach travel is fine for consenting adults...........and I'm not one of them! Organised anything with a group..............not for me!

Fiordland is one of the absolute gems of NZ and should not be missed. To avoid coach travel and to put Fiordland in perspective, see most of the sounds, inlets and fiords, see parts of the Milford and Routeburn tracks and land on a glacier IMHO you can't beat a fly/cruise/heli/fly trip and pray the weather gods permit.

You should be aware that the Haast Pass (between Wanaka and the Glaciers is closed at times owing to land slip stabilisation works and is closed completly each evening and during periods of heavy rain. I saw some photos of the slip and such is the scale of the works this may still be the case when you visit :-(

Cheers,

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