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VIP Milford Sound All Inclusive Tour
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VIP Milford Sound All Inclusive Tour

By VIP Milford Sound Day Tour
Recommended by 97% of travellers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About

Ages 0-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Nature Boat cruise in Milford Sound
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide/Driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Customers will receive a reconfirmation email with instructions on where to meet at their hotel for pick up.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31943P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers

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

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31943P1

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Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    VIP Milford Sound Day Tour
  • 1
    Mirror Lakes Walk
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Eglinton Valley
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Homer Tunnel
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 4
    The Chasm Walk
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator
VIP Milford Sound Day Tour
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Te Anau, New Zealand
Joined in July 2016
  • MarknJanice
    MarknJanice
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    Wonderful Tour on land and water.
    As part of a 3 week trip around the South Island my wife and I had always wanted to do a trip to Milford Sound. We chose VIP Tour because of their great reviews and were not disappointed. By arrangement Reece picked us up in an 18 seat tour van from our accommodation. There were a total of 11 in our bus that day. We had paid for a packed lunch which was worth the extra small cost. Reece, the friendly driver was a fountain of knowledge having done the tour for over 20 years. The scenery was amazing; we stopped at various places going to and on the way back from Milford Sound so Reece could show us various points of interest. Given that in the peak tourist times before Covid there were daily, approx 100 buses going to and fro from Milford but on our day there was our group plus a small group from another bus in the car park at Milford which had spaces for scores of buses. On our boat trip I counted about 25 people including a few kids. The boat's captain through out the trip told us of various points of interest pointing out penguins on the shore, seals basking on the rocks or pods of dolphins which came up to the side of the boat and put a real show on. You could almost reach out and touch them. We were lucky in that the day was brilliantly fine and the sea was calm. There were the usual waterfalls to see and these are amazing but of course when it is raining there are a lot more. All in all it was an amazing trip which we thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone.
  • janined642
    janined642
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    VIP Milford the most amazing experience
    This tour company is outstanding. The coach, the stops along the way, the boat trip with Mitre Peak cruises were all perfect. We have travelled a lot and there are some experiences that you will never forget. Even though we are New Zealanders we were blown away. A huge thanks to Reece the driver, so safe and knowledgeable with a great personality. We could not have asked for more,
  • Ellwood40
    Ellwood40
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    TE ANAU MILFORD SOUND TRIP
    Had an amazing day tour with Steven as our guide. Very knowledgeable man. Well worth it. Would do it again. The lunch provided was lovely
  • michelep272
    michelep272
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    Amazing experience
    Fabulous day for our trip, it may have rained but that just made it better. Driver, Stephen, very knowledgeable and keen to discuss wildlife and fauna. Great packed lunch, more than I could eat. Cruise everything I thought it would be 😃
  • demia1998
    demia1998
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    Milford sounds trip
    Great experience! We went on the Milford sound trip yesterday, Liv the driver was awesome and very informative about sights to see and their history. Really enjoyed it! Thanks Liv!
  • martinoconnor
    martinoconnor
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    Great
    Justin was very thoughtful and knowledgeable. Picked up and dropped off to the door in Te Anau, Just in gave relevant and intermittent commentary. We stopped for a few walks and a comfort break along the hours trip to milford sound. Justin was very thoughtful informing us of which gates/ cruises we were to head to and what to do to take best advantage of the experience. He collected us at the exit , stopped off for few more sightseeing opportunities on the way back, and also supplied umbrellas . Thanks mate
  • Lg170291
    Lg170291
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    Amazing day out
    This is a must if you have time while staying in Te Anau. They pick you up from your accommodation and the driver gives you commentary while on your drive but not all the time. Just enough though so you feel like you get information on the places you are seeing and driving through but not too much that you get information overload. You stop on the way there and back and certain points for amazing photo opportunities.
  • adeleholm
    adeleholm
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    FANTASTIC
    Worth every penny! So worth the early morning with a personal collection. Stop at all the lookouts before all the crowds arrive. Excellent driver and interesting history and explanation of the area. Cruise is a highlight of the day and the lunch is delicious.
  • chuckmax2018
    chuckmax2018
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    Vip Milford
    We couldn't have ask for a better day, our tour guide Mark was amazing! Knew all the stops to make our day just get better and better and we just felt so safe with his driving and knowledge of the roads! everything was taken care and so easy. Absolutely recommend! our day couldn't have been more amazing.
  • Aunty126
    Aunty126
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    Couldn't have been better
    Fabulous service. Picked up on time in a lovely comfortable van. Driver Justin was amazing, knowledgeable and knew where and when to stop to give us the best opportunities for photos and experience. The road can be dangerous and being driven by an experienced driver allowed us to sit back and enjoy the journey. Boat trip and lunch was amazing. The small number of passengers really allows you to get to know each other and share the experience. Thanks VIP Milford would highly recommend your service.
  • j0reweti
    j0reweti
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    Day trip to Milford
    Would recommend this company to everyone we had a fantastic day the driver was very knowledgeable and a great driver Justin thank you for a great day. Plus the lunch on the boat was great also
  • kiwipmg
    kiwipmg
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    First class experience
    Despite problems with changing weather condition, VIP Milford kept us fully informed and did everything to ensure we had a memorable day. Our driver, Justin, was friendly and knowledgeable and made for a very pleasant journey. The cruise and lunch were excellent. We highly recommend VIP if you want a top quality day at a very reasonable price
  • harleyboyd
    harleyboyd
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    Bus and boat from Te Anau
    This was a great trip. Beautiful scenery everywhere. Lots of stops on the way to and from the boat to enable us to take photos. Justin, our bus driver was fantastic. On the way back to Te Anau, some idiot was flying their drone above the road. It hit our windscreen with a great deal of force, luckily it didn't break the windscreen. I can't believe how calm Justin was about the whole thing. I was sitting in the front seat and didn't even realise what had actually hit us. Justin drove further up the road until it was safe to turn around and drove back to where the drone operator was standing. Justin explained to him that it was actually illegal to fly drones there. He took all his details and then we continued our trip home. Credit to Justin for keeping his cool and keeping us safe! Well done!
  • Harpslady
    Harpslady
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    Excellent tour
    Echoing the reviews below, this was a great day out. Being driven from Te Anau gave my husband a rest from the driving and the minibus is very comfortable. We had our 3 year old with us and he enjoyed the trip. The hot buffet lunch was good - all in all recommended.
  • George M
    George M
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    Amazing day at Milford with VIP
    We would highly recommend using VIP Milford. We were picked up promptly at 7:45 from our motel and our driver Justin was friendly, knowledgeable and very happy to answer any of our questions. He provided an excellent commentary all the way to Milford, stopping off for photos and pointing out things of interest. We would highly rec commend getting Justin. Our vehicle was new, spacious and accommodated the 12 of us easily. The seats were very comfortable and the windows provided plenty of viewing area. Our boat trip with Real Experiences included a buffet lunch which was very good and Justin was waiting for us on our return. Again he stopped off on the way back to show us other areas of interest for great photos. Thank-you VIP and Justin for a great day.
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Karen C
Palmerston North, New Zealand66 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
What an amazing day from start to finish. Picked up on time we were then driven by Jason in a very comfortable van. Jason gave excellent commentary throughout the trip and stopped at numerous places for photo shoots on the way there and back. He had excellent knowledge of the area and made he drive too and from very enjoyable, also an excellent driver. Jason gave us our boarding passes and packed lunches (which were excellent, sandwich, piece of fruit, lots of snacks and a bottle of water). The cruise was amazing and again we enjoyed excellent commentary on board Mitre Peak launch. We struck a beautiful sunny day and saw some waterfalls, would like to return on a rainy day as I believe the scenery and waterfalls everywhere are even more spectacular. This is definitely a must do trip for anyone visiting this area. Thanks VIP Milford Sound Tours your service right from time of booking to end of trip was excellent.
Written 7 September 2020
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Hi SistersTrip2010 Thank you very much for your glowing review, we appreciate your feedback :) Our drivers are amazing and love to share their knowledge with our lovely guests. We aim to make your day out as hassle free as possible so that you can relax and get the most out of your experience. We would love to have you back again and you are right, Milford Sound is spectacular in the rain with the waterfalls in full force. Kind regards VIP Milford Team :)
Written 16 September 2020
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toddytom
Dunedin, New Zealand72 contributions
Went on this tour as part of our Te Anau experience.
Coach was super comfy. Luckily were blessed with decent weather which meant we got decent views and therefore photo opportunities.
Was a shock to come face to face with the reality of the effect of Covid 19 on the tourist industry at Milford but also meant no crowds which was a plus.
Our driver gave us commentary enroute on points of interest and history which enhanced experience. He did his best to answer questions from the group however how silly they seemed.
A couple of point which we need to make you aware of:

* Driver seemed a bit wooden and commentary at times seemed like reading off a script. Being a ex tour driver I know what you need to deliver to punters and this unfortunately fell short.
* We had no lunch provided which meant we had to survive on a single nut bar we luckily had packed. Our understanding was that this was provided as part of trip. If we had diabetes then could have been more serious. We had 8 hrs without food.

Overall trip was professional and delivered what we expected.
Written 13 October 2020
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VIPMILFORD
Hi Toddytom Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, we appreciate the feedback. Unfortunately due to Covid some changes have had to be made and the Scenic cruise which used to provide a buffet lunch is no longer running. A picnic lunch has always been available for purchase with the Nature cruise at a cost of $15 per person and we are sorry that you were not aware of this. Our drivers are usually excellent at what they do and we apologise for any shortcoming in the commentary. We trust that Milford Sound and the cruise itself were everything you expected. Kind regards VIP Milford Team :)
Written 14 October 2020
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peter
Nelson, New Zealand117 contributions
This is value for money and well worth doing. We got collected by Reece on time and then collected the remaining customers. It was roughly two hours driving from Te Anau to Milford with a couple of photo stops and very good commentary on the way. The cruise was excellent through the sound with commentary provided by the skipper. The weather was not best but still worth doing, spectacular scenery packed into a small piece of paradise. After the cruise you drive back to Te Anau. Reece was very good, friendly, informative and passionate about fiordland.
Written 1 August 2021
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Kristina H
New Plymouth, New Zealand134 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Family
VIP Milford took us from our holiday park in Te Anau to the Mitre Peak cruise in Milford Sound. The van was very comfortable, with adequate heating and cooling when required. Reese was our guide/driver and was amazing. A friendly and bubbly character, he gave us great commentary to and from Milford Sound, informing of local sights and history, and other interesting facts. We stopped at just about every photo opportunity, and even found a coffee cart on the way to Milford Sound! We didn’t feel rushed at all when out on stops, and Reese gave us plenty of time to take photos at the gorgeous photo stops. He certainly made the trip memorable! I’ve recommended this trip to my friends who have since booked in! A fantastic service and a tour that won’t soon be forgotten!
Written 26 January 2021
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VIPMILFORD
Hi Kristina Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for your recommendations also, very much appreciated. Reece is a fabulous driver/guide and does an amazing job of making sure our guests have the best day out. We are thrilled you enjoyed your day out with us. Kind regards VIP Milford Team :)
Written 27 January 2021
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Gay White
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Nov. 2020 • Friends
The bus is very comfortable, and we had many short stops along the way to appreciate the amazing scenery. Steve our bus tour guide was an amazing guy. It was an absolute pleasure listening to his delivery and knowledge of the area, trees, animals, and birds. Our packed lunch was a blessing and then the boat trip. Love Love Love AMAZING Every NZ'er must do this trip....
Written 8 November 2020
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Thank you deankerry53 for taking the time to leave your review. Steve is a wonderful driver/guide and takes pride in the area. We agree, all New Zealanders should be out and about checking out their own backyard! Kind regards VIP Milford Team :)
Written 10 November 2020
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Samantha M
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Nov. 2020
This was the best way to see Milford Sound and the surrounding national park. I booked as a package through Getaway Te Anau and I cannot recommend highly enough. It was affordable and included two nights accommodation, packed lunch, VIP Milford Tour, and boat trip on the sound with Mitre Peak Cruises.
The tour guide/drivers commentary was informative, fun and showed a real passion for the area. The bus was very comfortable. Great to park my car and have a day off driving to take in the beautiful scenery. I feel like I would've missed so many of the sights, had I driven myself to Milford. The only disappointment was it was a sunny day (haha obviously not the fault of VIP Milford), but this only means I will have to come back when it's raining - the one place you want to visit in inclement weather.
Written 29 November 2020
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VIPMILFORD
Hi Thank you so much for your review :) We would love to have you back on a rainy day and love that you appreciate that Milford Sound comes alive in the rain! So nice for you to sit back and let us guide you through this amazing area. Kind regards VIP Milford Team :)
Written 3 December 2020
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Wilma M
Auckland Central, New Zealand64 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Our Driver Reece gave us the honour of being his 4001 trip to Milford from Te Anau. Wow.
I recommend taking this tour because the trip to the Sounds is just as important as the cruise in the Milford Sounds. So much to see and more importantly so much to learn from our personal driver.
Milford has 7 meters of rain per annum, Te Anau (& Auckland, where we come from) 1.5 meters = we got one of the sunny days. Autumn was an excellent choice for us.
Plus travelling from Te Anau instead of Queenstown made it a pleasant shorter day 8-4pm and we were picked up from #ArranMotel.
In our opinion taking this trip was a Must Do for every kiwi person, so make this your holiday in our no Covid beautiful country
Written 1 May 2021
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Wilma M
Auckland Central, New Zealand64 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Our Driver Reece gave us the honour of being his 4001 trip to Milford from Te Anau. Wow.
I recommend taking this tour because the trip to the Sounds is just as important as the cruise in the Milford Sounds. So much to see and more importantly so much to learn from our personal driver.
Milford has 7 meters of rain per annum, Te Anau (& Auckland, where we come from) 1.5 meters = we got one of the sunny days. Autumn was an excellent choice for us.
Plus travelling from Te Anau instead of Queenstown made it a pleasant shorter day 8-4pm and we were picked up from #ArranMotel.
Written 5 May 2021
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Hi Gomillar, We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip with us. and that you were able to be a part of Reece's 4001 trips into Milford Sound. It's such a stunning place rain hail snow or sunshine.We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place in the world. We hope to see you again in the future. kind Regards, VIP Milford Team
Written 23 July 2021
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Gail
Cromwell, New Zealand89 contributions
Sep. 2020
We were picked up at our motel at the stated time. Justin was a very experienced and knowledgeable driver, and the vehicle was very comfortable. We had many stops at points of interest on the way without feeling hurried. It had snowed and rained the previous evening so the scenery and waterfalls were amazing. The trip on the launch, surrounded by such amazing scenery and with a good commentary was excellent and the waterfalls very spectacular. We encountered a group of seals sleeping on a rock and we had a good close up view of them, not that they were interested in us! The lunch which was an additional cost was very good value. A well run tour which I would recommend.
Written 26 September 2020
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VIPMILFORD
Hi Jan C Thank you for leaving your wonderful review and recommendation, we appreciate it. The bonus of bad weather in Milford Sound is that the scenery comes alive ... those waterfalls! We are thrilled you enjoyed your day out with us. Kind regards VIP Milford Team :)
Written 30 September 2020
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Phillip B
Palmerston North, New Zealand211 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
If you want to do a Milford Sound cruise this is by far the best way to do it.

My wife and I were picked up by Stephen in a nicely fitted out Mercedes mini bus. After a few more pick ups around Te Anau we were off heading to Milford Sound. The trip there is so scenic it was great to not have to worry about driving and admire the views along the way. Stephen knew where all the good places were to stop and also provided an informative commentary. Once at Milford Sound we were given our boarding passes and prepaid lunch bags. The lunch bags were really good value with plenty of good food.

At this stage we boarded a boat operated by Mitre Peak cruises. Over the next 2 hours we were in awe of the location and provided with a great commentary. The skipper did not seemed rushed at all and would hold the boat at location's to provide plenty of photo opportunities. The boat we were on was a smaller one compared to some others in the area but provides a much more personal and up close experience.

I would throughly recommend sailing with Mitre Peak cruises.

Once back on land we were met by Stephen and leisurely driven back to Te Anau. There were more stops and photo opportunities on the way back. We even managed to stop and see a couple of Kea with one of them hopping onto the roof of the mini bus.

Once back in Te Anau we were dropped off at our accommodation. Thanks to Stephen and VIP Milford for putting together a great day.
Written 13 April 2021
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VIPMILFORD
Hi there, thank you for your review! That was absolutely amazing! We love detailed reviews like this as it makes the team feel very good! We are so pleased to hear that the trip was absolute bliss for you guys. Thank you for choosing VIP Milford to guide you on such a lovely day! we look forward to seeing you in the future if that may be the case! Kind regards, VIP Milford team
Written 14 June 2021
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