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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

  • Full-day tour of Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Fiordland National Park
  • Drive the spectacular Milford Road, one of New Zealand’s most famous drives
Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown
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Milford Sound is one of the star attractions of New Zealand’s South Island, but its remote location makes it tricky to visit on a day tour. This full-day tour from Queenstown is ideal for those short on time, combining a thrilling drive along the famous Milford Road, a scenic cruise around the UNESCO-listed fjord, and the chance to spot seals, dolphins and penguins.
What to Expect
Your day begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Queenstown hotel by luxury coach. There’s a long journey ahead, so settle into your seats for the 4- to 5-hour drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Don’t worry about getting bored, though – you’ll be driving along the mountaintop Milford Road, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular roads, and there will be plenty of stops and photo opportunities along the way. As you soak up the scenery of the Fiordland National Park, listen as your driver points out natural wonders, and tells stories about the region’s fascinating history.

On arrival at Milford Sound, hop aboard a boat for a scenic 2.5-hour cruise around the fjord. Keep your camera close to hand as you pass natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mount Pembroke.

Climb onto your boat’s viewing platform to get a better view of the local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. As you continue towards the Tasman Sea coast, pass beneath the distinctive 5,551-foot (1,692 meter) mountain of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

As you turn back into Milford Sound, see the dramatic approach witnessed by the first settlers at the end of the 18th-century, and hear stories about their journey from your guide’s live on-board commentary.

Back on dry land, the coach will be waiting to take you back to Queenstown, where your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
Reviews (29)
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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

The highlight of our NZ trip. Our driver/guide Chris was knowledgeable and professional. The views were spectacular. We were hungry by the time we were on the cruise so we were happy to have pre-ordered lunch. We sat outside despite the brisk wind to enjoy...More

Thank Ruth I
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Our driver, Chris, was knowledgeable, professional and kind. We stopped on the way for washroom breaks and photo opportunities. Our cruise was breathtaking on a gorgeous day! We dressed warmly so we could be outside enjoying the elements to the fullest! Long day but worth...More

Thank Vacationer656200
Reviewed 30 July 2018
Up-close amazing experience!

Special thanks to the nature guide and staff at Real Journeys for giving us a breath taking experience in Milford sound. The food was great, scenery was beyond expectations and overall we had an amazing trip, will be heading home with some amazing photography! Nga...More

Thank tamatiu
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Absolutely amazing

We booked this trip the night before and it was amazing! We lucked out with the weather and got a crystal clear day and smooth seas in the sound. We got the option to upgrade to the flight back to Queenstown which we did! Once...More

Thank Alex G
Reviewed 21 May 2018
nice and relaxing

did this tour when my Dart River funyak tour was cancelled .they had no further space for their lunch tour .the steam ship itself is very nice and its a short trip to the high country farm at Walters Peak .definitely worth doing it but...More

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Ron D
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Response from tamatiu | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the weather the flights go on the hour and the package is around $600 to take the coach from Queenstown / cruise / Fly return. Or around $500 for fly/cruise/fly