Recent Searches
Clear

Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

star-4.5366 Reviews
|
Badge of Excellence
|
Queenstown, New Zealand
33

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants3 Infants4 Infants5 Infants6 Infants7 Infants8 Infants9 Infants
Free Cancellation
up to 24 hours in advance
Loading available options...


icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
More questions?
(888) 651-9785

Overview

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
Saved to wishlist!
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

Departure Point

Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

7:20 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown.

Still Have Questions?


Traveler Photos

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
366 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 366 reviews
star-5
fantastic, views wonderful,
Teresa_W
, Jun 2021
Great narration during the day. Need to work on Māori Kupu, though otherwise fantastic. The lunch wasn't the best but didn't really detract from the day. really enjoyed it
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Nature in all its glory
Annmaree_S
, May 2021
The commentary of our coach driver was amazing and very informative. Milford inspiration sights. Must do.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Kia Ora Annmaree_S, Thanks for your 5star review of your time with us travelling to Milford Sound. It is always good to hear that our coach drivers are doing an amazing job!
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Great Service from Milford Sound Coach Tour & Enjoyed the time
Yiwen_H
, Apr 2021
Paulie who was driver & tour guide, did a great job all the way along our one day trip! We enjoyed the time in Milford Sound, luckily saw Tasman dolphins, had lots of photo in front of the waterfalls. This one day trip is definitely recommended if someone is going to Queenstown.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Kia Ora Yiwen, How lucky were you to see dolphins while out on the cruise?! It is awesome to hear that Paulie your guide did a great job during your time out with us. Cheers, Anna and the team at GreatSights
HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a life time exploration experience
Fredrick
, Apr 2021
Awesome experience. From departure to arrival back to Queenstown. The bus driver/tour guide was the best. Very informative. Cruise was just amazing even though wet but great adventure.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Kia Ora Fredrick, It is great to hear that you had an awesome experience with us while travelling to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Thanks for your feedback, we do really appreciate it! Cheers, Anna and the team at GreatSights
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Great experience!
Nicci_H
, Apr 2021
Coach driver was fantastic! Loved all tte spots we stopped at. Had a very enjoyable trip! Thank you :)
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Kia Ora Nicci, Thank you for your 5 star review of your time with us in Milford Sound. All the photo stops along the way definitely make the trip a lot more enjoyable. Cheers, Anna and the team at GreatSights
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
One of the best destination
Teresita_P
, Mar 2020
A wonderful place to visit, extraordinary sights. An environmentally preserved place for everyone. It was a long bus ride, 5 hours to go and 5 hours to go back but it was worth the sights.
HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
NO REFUND WHEN COMPANY CANCELLED TRIP!
Ronald_B
, Mar 2020
Our tour was cancelled due to roads being closed because of heavy rains. We completely understand that. However, we have tried for the last month to get a refund and are NOT being assisted!
HelpfulHelpful2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Breathtakingly beautiful
Beverly
, Mar 2020
Long drive to Milford Sound but spectacular scenery, then the boat trip, lunch as soon as you board, they said gourmet lunch, it was a hot buffet but the food was good. The scenery stunning and has to be seen pictures do not show the beauty of the place. We chose to fly back and I would recommend everyone to do this, the views from the air are truly breathtaking
HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Milford sounds trip
Christina_G
, Mar 2020
Given that we had to go in a convoy—because of rain damage to the road—the organization of the trip was awesome and everyone on the bus listened and therefore we had fun and enjoyed thoroughly—it was raining when we reached Milford but that gave us waterfalls that were tremendous so we didn’t mind getting a little wet—our driver and his assistant were very informative and fun to be on a long trip with!!
HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful
Colleen_D
, Mar 2020
Really enjoyed the day even tho it was very long, . Exceeded my expectations Thank you I recommend this tour to any visitors to New Zealand a must.
HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful

Explore Similar Things to Do