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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise by Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
  • Explore the beauty of Mildford Sound and Fiordland National Park on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Relax and enjoy the sites of Mildford Sound on a sightseeing cruise
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes
  • Includes hassle-free, round-trip transportation
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1-hour 45-minute sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
Lunch
Local guide
Live commentary on board
Glass-roofed coach with free WiFi
Air-conditioning
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Athol Street , Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
After you’re picked up at your hotel, settle in aboard a comfortable coach with panoramic windows and begin your Milford Sound tour from Queenstown. This day trip departs the shore of Lake Wakatipu, situated against the jagged backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, and makes a stop in Te Anau for morning tea (own expense). 

On arrival at the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park, step off the coach at the Mirror Lakes. Snap photos of this natural roadside attraction before passing through the Hollyford Valley. Your coach then enters the Homer Tunnel, emerging above the Cleddau Valley, where you’ll follow a footbridge over the Cleddau River to the Chasm to view the river’s turbulent whirlpools.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board the luxurious catamaran. Throughout the 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, listen to expert commentary about the pristine environment and natural landmarks such as Mitre Peak. Rising dramatically to a height of 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) above sea level, it’s one of many towering cliffs carved by a massive glacier in the last ice age.

Pass cascading waterfalls, and search for birdlife and marine mammals including New Zealand fur seals in addition to penguins and pods of dolphins. Gourmet Buffet lunch is included on your cruise, before you’re returned by coach to your Queenstown hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
GreatSights
Tour departs from this location
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
oLake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand and the third largest. Wakatipu is a Maori word meaning, ‘Hollow of the Demon’. The lake has an unusual rhythmic rise and fall in the water level, approximately 12cm every 5 minutes. In Maori legend this strange rhythmic rise and fall of the water level, is said to be the beating heart of a monster from the deep depths of the lake.
Stop At:  
Kiwi Country
Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglinton Valley
Eglington Valley is named by Quintin MacKinnon, who named the valley after the Earl of Eglington of Scotland. We will be following the Eglington River whose source is the small lake of Lake Fergus, which is situated in the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. The glacial valley of the Eglington is not only a truly magnificent place for photos, but also a perfect place to put the size of this valley into perspective. The distance from this road to the base of the tree-line; out to the left is 2.4km. An extremely large glacier was responsible for clearing out this valley thousands of years ago. Everything in this region is huge so it is very easy to lose perspective of this as we travel through the mountains
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirror Lakes Walk
Mirror Lakes where most of the time the nearby mountains are reflected in the lakes. Being small, the lakes have less chance of being roughened by the winds compared to their larger counterparts and the large quantity of tannins leached from the soil into the waters give these lakes a much clearer mirror effect than many of the other lakes in the region. It is here you have the opportunity to walk along a boardwalk listening for Bellbirds and Tui’s which are protected native birds, whilst watching Black Scaups dive for food on the bottom of the lake between the various species of beech trees. These forests are said to be 135 million years old. We will drop you off at one end of the walkway and you can re-join the coach in 10 minutes at the far end of the board walk if you wish to go for a walk.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mitre Peak
Located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning sight. The mountain rises near vertically to 5,560 feet (1,690 m), i.e. just over a mile, from the water of Milford Sound, which technically is a fjord. The peak is actually a closely grouped set of five peaks, with Mitre Peak not even the tallest one, however from most easily accessible viewpoints, Mitre Peak appears as a single point. Milford Sound is part of Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO.
Pass By:  
Homer Tunnel
As we head up towards the Homer Tunnel, on the right hand side you can see the remains of a camp including the oven in which the meals and bread were cooked. The shed to the left was designed to house the snow plough and was built in 1983. After its construction it was found that the doorway had not been made wide enough and the plough was not able to be housed there. It is now kept at the camp at Knobs Flat. The building today is known as the Chapel as it is one of the few areas of this region that has never been affected by avalanche.
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Monkey Creek
Monkey Creek is named after one of three Government employees entrusted yearly to camp here and find a path through the mountains. Eventually his monkey like climbing skills allowed him to find a path, which though not particularly safe, was used for many years for guided walking tours. It is here we have the opportunity to drink the water or full your water bottles. Because this water is flowing directly from the mountains it is one of the few remaining places it is safe to taste fresh water without contamination and you realise without chemicals doesn’t really have a taste but is extremely refreshing. Be careful filling your water bottles because the water is very cold. Also don’t be surprised if a Kea or two drop in to say hello!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Our Premium Cruise vessel has been specifically designed to capture the views of Milford Sound with its unique glass roof and large viewing decks. The ‘Gem of the Sound’ offers an outstanding experience never seen in Milford Sound with an exceptional level of comfort and hospitality. A selection of snacks and noodles can be purchased on board along with a wide range of drinks from New Zealand and around the world. Visit the stunning Milford Sound on board an equally premium vessel that will look after you and your unique experience.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kiwi Country
Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GreatSights
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown.

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  • "Like everyone says it is a big day but absolutely worth the effort." See review
  • "Be kind to your fellow travellers and get back to the bus by the time he tells you to - you need to listen." See review

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star-5
Nature at its finest
Andrew_L
, Aug 2022
Mirror lakes, Milford sound cruise and Edignton Valley were among the most memorable memories we had. Sceneries were out of this world. Jayden, our coach driver, was amazing as well.
star-5
Trip of a lifetime
Nattasha_O
, Jul 2022
Experience of a lifetime. This bus trip was a awesome, bus driver excellent. Loved the scenery stops and all the knowledge that he share with us. Milford sound was great, crew on deck was entertaining and informative too. We experienced Sun, Wind, rain and snow… Couldn’t ask for a better day. Thank you for begin part of making a lifetime memory for our family.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kia Ora, thank you for your 5-star review. We are so pleased that you had an amazing time on the trip with your family.
star-5
great views, great guides
Megan_P
, Jul 2022
the bus driver and captain of the boat were excellent tour guides, the scenic stops included were beautiful, a wonderful experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kia Ora Megan, thank you for your review! So happy you had a great day with us into Milford.
star-5
Loved it
Rebecca_C
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the journey comfy bus lots of stops we could get out take photos etc Commentary was interesting and cruise great
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kia Ora Rebecca, thank you for your review and so glad you had a great time with us into Milford and enjoyed the commentary and cruise.
star-4
Awesome trip, even with a broken leg
Zoe_H
, Jul 2022
A great trip - we had amazing weather at Milford Sound so visibility was great. Saw some penguins, seals and a Kea. Waterfalls were a bit smaller than usual since there wasn’t rain the day before but the mountains were truly breathtaking. The pace of the cruise was good, as we got to see the whole fjord and get close to wildlife without feeling rushed. Make sure you dress warmly, as the winds from the Tasman can be quite chilly! I managed the whole trip with a broken leg and everyone was very helpful. The only thing I missed out on for the coach trip down was the Mirror Lakes, as it was too far to go on crutches but it looked cool from the coach. Lunch was fairly decent - you get a juice, apple, chicken or veggie sandwich, two cookies, mini quiche, mint, Freddo and Le Snack. There is a bar on the boat with tea and coffee. I also got some food when we stopped at Te Anau in the morning. It’s a long trip on the coach but perfect if you need a rest from more strenuous activities on your holiday. The only downside was the wifi on the coach - it worked for a little bit then stopped connecting and the driver didn’t know how to fix it. All in all, would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hey Zoe, thank you for taking the time to write your review, and glad you enjoyed the day out with us. Sorry to hear you could make the visit to Mirror Lakes, hopefully next time!
star-5
Amazing experience.
Mark_W
, Jul 2022
Cruise, bus ride up the mountain to the tunnel. Stunning scenery everywhere. Driver had good humor and kept us entertained with sound knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Mark, thanks for your time to write this review, and happy you enjoyed the trip with our team.
star-5
Great day
India_B
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was awesome. So much knowledge. Thank you Paulie Potatoes. We had a lovely day. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kia Ora India, thank you for taking the time to write this review about your trip and our amazing Paulie. I will make sure and pass on your feedback to him.
star-5
Amazing!
Maria_Z
, Jun 2022
Milford Sound was great. And thanks to Paul for all the information shared about the places during the journey. Nice guy!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Maria, thank you for your feedback on your trip to Milford. So happy you enjoyed spending the day with Paulie.
star-4
Great
Kelvin_E
, Jun 2022
Gr8 trip, driver was awesome, loved his humor. Meet some great people. Long trip home but good time to catch up on sleep. The sounds was absolutely beautiful.
star-5
David our guide was very...
Lei_Z
, May 2022
David our guide was very supportive and looking after us all the way through.Thank you for your sense of humor, your caring for us and everyone and your hard work, hope you enjoyed the time post a 14 hour trip!
star-5
Awesome Day
Wendy_Y
, May 2022
We have been all over the world and this has got to be one of our favorite bus trips we have been on the views where absolutely amazing the boat trip also amazing. Our tour guide Paulie potatoes was so knowledgeable and very friendly..just a great day all round definitely a must if you are going to Queenstown.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well worth it
Natasha_A
, May 2022
The coach was warm and our driver was full of fun facts. The cruise was amazing. Well worth it. If you come to this area need to make the trek
star-5
Very enjoyable day
Priscilla_M
, May 2022
Milford Sound is breathtakingly beautiful and this is the perfect way to see it from Queenstown if you dont want to drive and can't afford flying. Bus is very comfortable and the driver very friendly. Cruise was brilliant, plenty of photo opportunities, we saw waterfalls, dolphins and a seal. Everything went smoothly and I highly recommend it.
star-5
Loved the tour!
Sam_C
, May 2022
Milford sound is absolutely stunning, loved the fairy falls and seeing the wildlife. Pauly potatoes was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and accommodating. Pointed out all the interesting things along the way and also gave us time to snooze after an early start. Highly recommend this tour if you want to see the beauty of fjordland national park and learn alot about native wildlife.
star-5
Amazing must visit Milford sound tour.
Nishika_L
, May 2022
The best Milford sound experience we had. Our tour guide/driver Ian was amazing and very helpful. He gave us a lot of information and also clicked amazing photos for us. Must visit and highly recommend. Very smooth driving and the bus was great. Please carry snacks if u feel hungry.
star-5
Magnificent Milford Sound
Eduardo_Y
, May 2022
The whole vista of Milford Sound right from entering the Sound. The hanging garden and the cascading waterfalls
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
One of the World Wonders
mohanan_K
, May 2022
This Trip will remember for ever, The Coach driver was very friendly, we will visit again. The trip from Queenstown to Milford sound was million dollar views, If you have not done this trip then you miss something in your life.
star-5
Awesome from start to finish
Phil_B
, Apr 2022
Bus driver was great. Friendly and knowledgeable. Boat trip was awesome. Sights like never before. I have already recommended this trip to others.
star-5
Postcard perfect
Melanie_H
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Ian is amazing person, approachable, funny and easy going. Felt safe and comfortable with his driving skills. We appreciate all the stops and photo opportunities. I would highly recommend this trip and would strongly suggest they request Ian as their guide and driver. Packed lunch was delicious with a good range of tasty treats.
star-5
Mitford is a wonderful experience you should try when you are in Queenstown
Edwin_G
, Mar 2022
This is a wonderful place that you will enjoy and get relaxed when you see the view and awesome falls in this beautiful place.

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