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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel along the spectacular Milford Road on a full-day Milford Sound tour from Te Anau. Have the chance to see native wildlife like the endangered kea (an alpine parrot), seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland crested penguin. Visit Gunns Camp, take short walks to beautiful sights including the Chasm and Marian Cascade, and take a sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound. Includes entrance fees, boat cruise with live commentary, morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Discover the beauty of Milford Sound on a full-day tour
  • See local wildlife including the Fiordland crested penguin
  • Take a sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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National Park fees
Coffee and/or Tea
Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Te Anau
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks
Lunch
Hotel Pick up from Manapouri (available by special arrangement. Additional costs may apply)

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8:00 AM

Please arrive 10 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Departure Point: Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri (by special arrangement - please contact supplier after booking. Additional costs may apply) Dates: Daily Return point: Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri
Your tour begins with morning pickup in Te Anau or Manapour and a scenic drive to Milford Sound.

Stop first at Te Anau Downs and view the sheltered harbor, Bluegum Bay, which sits opposite the Middle Fiord, the starting point for the Milford Track. Then, take in views of the Earl and Livingston Mountains at Eglinton Valley.

Take a short stroll along a boardwalk at Mirror Lakes to see beech forest and wetland pools. The 45th South Parallel marks the halfway point between the equator and the South Pole. 

Stop next at Cascade Creek, then the Hollyford Lookout, which overlooks the Hollyford Valley and Darren Mountains. Have the option to do the walk to Marian Cascade, which tumbles from Lake Marian before pulling into Gunn’s Camp for morning tea, followed by the historic museum and gift shop.

Get photo ops at Fall’s Creek and Monkey Creek, and if time allows, a quick walk leads to a point with views of the Gertrude Valley. Look for kea sightings at the east portal of the 4,166 foot (1,270 meter) long Homer Tunnel and pass through the scenic Cleddau Valley. During the last part of the journey to Milford Sound, take a short walk to The Chasm, rock formations that make up a 72-foot (22-meter) deep and narrow ravine cut by the Cleddau River.

Snap photos of Mt. Tutoko, the highest mountain in Fiordland, Tutoko Bridge, and Mt. Tutoko as a backdrop. Then arrive at the departure point for your cruise. Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound, keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals, and the Fiordland crested penguin.

Your tour ends with return to your accommodation.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fiordland Tours
MILFORD SOUND FIORDLAND EXTRAORDINAIRE This is our signature tour – an extended day trip to Milford Sound from Te Anau that ensures you see all the best bits that this place has on offer – we include extra walks, home baking, and a nature cruise on the famous Milford Sound. Your Day: Depart 8.00 am – Return 6:00 pm from your Te Anau accommodation. This tour is one hour longer than our Milford Day Tour. A fun commentary with plenty of local knowledge included. Travel the spectacular Milford Road – with up to 15 scenic photo stops along the way. A chance to see Keas, Seals, Dolphins and the Fiordland Crested Penguin. A nature cruise on Milford Sound on a boat with the maximum capacity of 75 Plenty of toilet stops Includes pick up and drop off from your Te Anau accommodation Our coaches are small and comfortable with quality legroom and numbers are limited to 15.
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mirror Lakes Walk
A short walk viewing the "Mirror Lakes" where the Earl mountains reflect on the small oxbow lakes. You will take photos which will look the same turned 180 deg. Whilst this can be 1 five minute walk, we allow 15 minutes for you to soak up the amazing scenery
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
We offer the chance to do the most spectacular optional 30-minute walk between here and Milford Sound. It is the nature walk starting from the historical Cascade Creek Marian Cascade which is a continuous cascading waterfall draining from a glacier-fed lake.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fiordland Tours
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 face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
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 Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau?
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 Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau.

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  • "There were only 10 people on this tour so that made it even more enjoyable." See review

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A 5-star tour
Holly
, Dec 2020
I shared the most spectacular views with a bunch of nice and funny people. We had a good laugh. And, our tour guide, Jamie, saved my iPhone from the mirror lake. Hahahaha. A 5-star trip!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Jamie enjoyed having you on board and certainly has a story to tell about your phones rescue! We are delighted that you had a wonderful time.
star-5
Te Anau and Milford Boat trip.
Jan_Y
, Oct 2020
I would highly recommend this trip to all. Well worth the money, very professional, knowledgeable and friendly guide Jonno who took time to ensure all the group enjoyed their day. Comfortable Van which arrived on time for our pick up. The Boat trip was also excellent with commentary on a clear Milford day. Overall I would rate this tour very highly
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you for your wonderful review of our small group tour to Milford Sound. We know we are fortunate to have Jono as one of the team and are pleased you enjoyed his personal service Regards Ray
star-5
Tourism excellence
Hugh_Mc
, Mar 2020
Every aspect of the outing went perfectly. The guide/ driver was exceptionally Well erudite and sociable
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for the wonderful review, we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us.
star-5
Great tour
yangyangliuzz
, Jan 2020
It is really a great tour. Well organized and very informative. Our guide is also great and we got a lot to see. He even got a child seat for us. Very thoughtful and thanks a lot
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for the fantastic review, we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us.
star-5
Day tour to Milford Sound
Wendy S
, Nov 2018
Tony was a very entertaining, caring, knowledgeable and interesting guide. We really enjoyed the day and learned and saw a lot including all four seasons in a day! Because of the amount of rain the waterfalls were spectacular, the keas performed as they should, and the rain stopped for the Milford Sound boat tour which was wonderful. There were only 10 people on this tour so that made it even more enjoyable. Overall a fantastic day and we would highly recommend it.
star-4
Beautiful weather for this...
Carolyn L
, Feb 2018
Beautiful weather for this excursion. The road to Milford sound was enjoyable with many interesting stops. The cruise in Milford sound was okay.
star-5
Wonderful day out. Our tour guide...
Geraldine F
, Feb 2018
Wonderful day out. Our tour guide Johnno was very knowledgeable and personable. We had many picturesque stops on the way to Milford Sound and Milford Sound cruise itself was excellent. Good idea to do this tour from Te Anau rather than Queenstown as shorter drive means more stops can be included.
star-5
From hotel pick up til drop off it...
Scooter5376
, Feb 2018
From hotel pick up til drop off it was perfect. Our driver guide, Ray was very knowledgeable and had a pleasant delivery. The ultimate trip featured a stop at an old construction camp for tea and a look into the past. The drive through Fiorland. Actionable Park, with stops for short walks was beautiful. The Milford Sound. Raise was breathtakingly beautiful. Staying TeAnau Malden the trip more leisurely than departing from Queenstown.
star-5
Pictures don't do the scenery justice...
Karl P
, Jan 2018
Pictures don't do the scenery justice. Well worth the money.
star-4
Tour driver is fantastic bringing us...
Poi Lin G
, Jan 2018
Tour driver is fantastic bringing us to lots of stop for sightseeing on the way to Milford sound cruise The Milford cruise was okay maybe because we had been to many countries doing cruises. Milford sound doesn’t seem that great to us. Sorry to say that.

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