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“Milford Sound with Trips & Tramps”
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Trips & Tramps
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$121.93*
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Full-Day Milford Sound Hiking Tour with Cruise
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$93.07*
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Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour
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$137.08*
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Full-Day Routeburn Track Key Summit Guided Walk from Te Anau
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Operating from Lake Te Anau, Trips & Tramps offers small group Milford Sound cruise and walking tours, guided day hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Great Walks plus track transport. Our guides are friendly and down-to-earth, you'll love their fascinating commentary and entertaining kiwi stories.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 15, 2014

The way to tour Milford Sound from Te Anau must be to go with Trips & Tramps. With no more than 11 in the group (we had 7) and very knowledgeable, friendly drivers the service is more personal and can be tailored to the interests and capabilities of the group. Milford Sound is spectacularly beautiful in all its moods and the cruise needs no more words from me to describe the experience. However it is a 2 hour drive North from Te Anau which could be rather boring, but there are many places worth visiting along the way which can be fitted in with the cruise. Our driver, Steve, knew them all and with his guidance the whole day was made special, the highlight of our holiday in South Island (and very good value for money).

Thank Noel T
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Katiepai, Owner at Trips & Tramps, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Thank you for your recommendation!

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Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic experience on our Milford Sound tour with Jane. She provided detailed expert knowledge and answered any of our questions (which were quite numerous!!). We liked the idea of smaller groups and beating the crowd, so this tour fit our criteria perfectly. If you are after a memorable and unique of Fiordland then definitely choose Trips and Tramps!

Thank Bek D
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Katiepai, Owner at Trips & Tramps, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Thank you for your kind words and glad you had a great Milford Sound experience with us.

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Based on a little internet research and the recommendation of our B&B host, Trips and Tramps seemed like the best option for a Te Anau to Milford Sound tour. The advantages include an early departure from Te Anau (enabling a connection with the morning departure of the Real Journeys cruise of the Sound, beating the bigger afternoon crowds), small groups (six on our bus, which could carry about twelve), time and flexibility for activities following the cruise (two members of our group took a 30 minute helicopter ride and then rejoined us, four of us did a two-hour hike to panoramic mountain glacier views on the Routeburn Track, and two did a short driving tour to selected scenic spots), and knowledgeable tour leaders. Our guide, Andrew, was a fount of information, responsive to all kinds of questions, not restricted to the standard patter characteristic of larger tour groups. Lunch and afternoon tea were included. The cost was very reasonable.

Thank jcbeaucoup
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Katiepai, Owner at Trips & Tramps, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

It can be a struggle to get out of bed early on holiday, but it is definitely worth it in Fiordland. It is great you enjoyed Andrew's company on the day and that of your small group.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

This trip was possibly the highlight of our 4 week trip around Australia and New Zealand. The guide, a fellow Brit who has lived in NZ for 20+ years, was very friendly, knowledgable and made the trip a pleasure.
We were originally planning on driving ourselves to Milford Sound, but after a lot of driving and a suggestion from our hotel manager, we decided to take this tour. We thought it was excellent value. We made several stops en-route to look at New Zealand's unique flora and fauna.
When we arrived at Milford Sound we were give some packed lunches and we boarded a Real Journeys cruise ship. As the minibus left Te Anau early we were (I think) the 2nd boat onto the sound, offering more solitude than some of the later boats.
On the return trip there is a chance to take a helicopter flight to rejoin the minibus at the Homer Tunnel. There is also a chance for a longish walk or a number of shorter walks/viewpoints. We opted for the shorter walk which included a lovely amble through a truly enchanted forest, just like something out of Lord of the Rings. The others in the bus opted for the longer walk which they also enjoyed.
I would certainly never hesitate to recommend this company to friends and family.


PS the trip to Milford Sound is only one of their options

Thank slatBH
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Katiepai, Owner at Trips & Tramps, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

Thank you for your kind words and glad you our trip represented good value.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

So I have mixed feelings about this tour. After having driven around in the South Island (from Christchurch to Fox to Queenstown to Te Anau), the scenery we got from the cruise wasn't much different. I believe this was one of the more expensive tour options, and I wish I had spent less money for the scenery we got. However, our guide - Anthony was really knowledgeable and made sure everyone was comfortable. After our hike, he offered us hot drinks and yummy cookies - that was much needed and sooo good after hiking in the rain! oh and also, they offer a small lunch before you go on the boat - it's nothing fancy, but good if you skipped breakfast (like we did!). Overall, recommended for the guide and if you haven't driven around as much as we did in South Island!

Thank Aztravelernew
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Katiepai, Owner at Trips & Tramps, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed your guide on the day. We need to charge a bit more than the bigger bus tours as only have maximum of 11 people in the van and like to attract great, more experienced local guides to work for us. Though I would still say our trip represented good value with lunch, a boat cruise, transport and walking opportunities all offered in a full day trip!

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