We were picked up from Queenstown to begin the long drive to Milford Sound. The packagewe purchased was the "Luxury cruise" which was buy 1 get the 2nd half price at the time. The bus includes a glass roof and extra leg room, also a picnic lunch for the cruise. Our bus driver, Ian, was AWESOME. He truly made that drive worth it, with his knowledgeable facts and friendly attitude. There wasn't a single question he didn't have an answer to regarding New Zealand, flora/fauna, etc. We stopped at a couple of places along the way, with places ranging from 5 minute walks to 20 minute return hikes. There's also a stop in Te Anau for lunch. Once we got to Milford Sound, the cruise was cool, though the guide (after being in Ian's company) seemed so bored and uninterested.
The weather wasn't great - cloudy, showers and cold - but Milford Sound delivers. Truly spectacular sights. You can only imagine what it's like in fair weather.
When they go up close the waterfall, make sure you're wearing waterproof clothing, or duck undercover.
This was an all day trip - just over 12 hours. Bring extra snacks!
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