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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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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
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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.
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
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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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.

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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
One of a kind experience
Garbo_C
, Aug 2021
We had an amazing experience at Milford sound and to top it off our coach driver Paulie was amazing, his commentaries were funny and insightful. His timing was impeccable making the long journey much more enjoyable. We would have no issue recommending great sights and paulie to any of our friends.
star-5
We love the driver, highly recommended
BONNIE_H
, Jul 2021
The driver is awesome! He made the trip valuable and fun! We didn’t feel bored during the entire journey. He drove very safe and stable, we didn’t even have a feeling when he is turning on the mountain! We all love the driver and we have got a lot of knowledge from him.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Kia Ora Bonnie, Thanks for the great review of your time with us travelling to Milford Sound! We love to hear that our drivers make the whole experience so much better for our passengers!
star-5
Awesome
Liza_C
, Jul 2021
The view is magical and touching the water from the falls is quite unique . Staff are very helpful..
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Kia Ora Liza_C, It really is a spectacular part of the country and we are very lucky to be able to share it with our passengers! Thank you for your awesome review.
star-4
Quite good
Alice_S
, Jul 2021
At the beginning, I was quite disappointed because they cannot pick me up from the hotel I am staying (Nugget point). They should have written that they cannot provide hotel pick up / drop off for certain hotels. Other than that, everything was very satisfying, and especially Paulie's driving skills and commentary were amazing. His commentary was very fun and educational.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Kia Ora Alice_S, Thank you for your feedback around the hotel pick up. We do pick up from a select number of hotels however, this list does not include all hotels within Queenstown. We do ask that travellers get in touch with us directly to discuss the options for their tour pick up at least 24 hours prior to their departure. We are pleased to hear that you really enjoyed Paulie's commentary along the way!
star-5
Excellent Tour
Mohammad_N
, Jul 2021
The tour was great with unforgettable experiences. Tour guide was amazing with excellent commentary throughout the trip. The only issue we had is with lunch. We requested Haalal meals and they did served Chicken but the tour guide was not sure whether the meat is Haalal. In short, we just survived on cookies and apples for all day. There were no restaurants to buy food at Milford Sounds. It will be highly appreciated if they can confirm before the tour if meat is haalal or not, so that we can order vegan foods.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Kia Ora Mohammad_N, Thank you for notifying us of your special requests that were not fulfilled by us and we do apologise for this. We have updated our tickets to show our contact details and requesting for travellers to contact us directly to confirm any special requests for all future bookings so we can discuss the options available. Our drivers have also been notified of this. We are pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed the tour and your tour guide was amazing! They really do make the day one to remember.
star-4
Wonderful experience
Corina_L
, Jul 2021
We enjoyed the trip from start to finish. Paulie is friendly & very knowledgeable, he shared with us facts & history of the place, trees, birds, etc. He is definitely an asset to the company. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Kia Ora Corina_L, Thank you for taking the time to write the above review of your experience with us on the day tour to Milford Sound. We are very lucky to have Paulie as part of our team sharing his knowledge and passion with you all that's for sure!
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
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Kia Ora Teresa_W Thanks for your 5 star review of your time travelling with us from Queenstown to Milford Sound. We appreciate your feedback regarding our guides Māori Kupu and the lunch, it is always good to know where we can try and improve. Will be sure to pass these points onto the team. Glad you still had a great day out with us!
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!
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
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a life time exploration experience
Feterika_L
, 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

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