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Address: Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-442 1045
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Join the BBQ Bus for a unique interactive small group experience to Milford...

Join the BBQ Bus for a unique interactive small group experience to Milford Sound that includes a delicious Kiwi-style BBQ lunch, your Milford Sound boat cruise, and our enthusiastic and engaging driver guide. Our small modern coaches allows access to a wide range of areas for photo opportunities.

Summer (November – April)

BBQ lunch and scenic cruise included

Depart every day

(except 25 December, Christmas day).

Queenstown 7:20am - 9pm

Te Anau 10:30am - 6:30pm

Winter (May - October)

BBQ lunch on the scenic cruise boat

Departing on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Queenstown 6:50am - 7:30pm

Te Anau 9:45am - 5pm

Pick up and drop offs from most accommodation outlets in Queenstown available. Te Anau pick up and drop off - 'Kiwi Country' on Miro Street.

Sit back and relax in our comfortable, modern coach and take in the experience. The beauty of this trip to Milford Sound is that around every corner is another example of New Zealand's breathtaking natural beauty. With our smaller coaches, we are able to access a wide range of areas for photo opportunities, as well as stop in our uniqie secluded locations within the National Park for our delicious BBQ Lunch.

While we prepare your tasty lunch, take a short walk and breathe in the fresh alpine air or simply relax and unwind amidst Fiordland National Parks world famous setting.

In Milford Sound we link up with a spectacular scenic cruise operated by Cruise Milford, where the wonders of the area will unfold. This cruise showcases not only the unforgettable scenery of Milford Sound, but also provides an opportunity to see some of the areas most fascinating and beautiful wildlife including dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, Fiordland Crested penguins, and even Whales. The smaller boat and off-peak sail time provides a less crowded, more enjoyable cruise for everyone.

Between May and October the BBQ lunch is served on the boat, where people can get out of the cold weather and stay warm and dry.

If you are looking for an all inclusive, true Kiwi experience of Milford Sound - You can't go wrong with the Milford Sound BBQ Bus!

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A long but really enjoyable day.

We did not want to drive this ourselves in one day and were so glad we booked this trip. It does fill up so you have to be quick. It is a smaller bus and we met everyone on board... read more

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Wollongong, Australia

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We did not want to drive this ourselves in one day and were so glad we booked this trip. It does fill up so you have to be quick. It is a smaller bus and we met everyone on board. We were also able to make stops where the large tour buses could not stop. The trip was breathtaking. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Rob was a super guide, full of knowledge and humor, and he prepared an excellent barbecue lunch for us along the way. We had plenty of stops to stretch and take photos and even watched a great movie on the way back. All of this made the long ride to Milford Sound really enjoyable. I highly recommend signing up for... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are staying in Queenstown getting to the Milford Sound is about a 4 hour road trip. That being said, I appreciate the liveliness of our guide Nigel throughout the whole ride. He discussed the history of Queenstown and of the Milford Sound and quizzed us throughout the whole journey, which made the whole experience fun. BBQ was tasty... More 

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Mancos, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This small bus is the ideal way to see Milford Sound from Queenstown. The driver picked us up exactly on time, gave great commentary about each area, stopped at beautiful places only a small bus could get into, showed great patience with the 14 or so tourists on board, stopped at a campground along the river and cooked and served... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're staying in Queenstown and want to see Milford Sound, there's no better way than the BBQ bus! A fun driver (in our case, Rob), lots of interesting stops en route, delicious BBQ lunch, and a gorgeous boat ride around the sound. Everything was very efficient and yet we never felt rushed. It was also nice to be on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I did the bbq bus tour with the owner Marty. I was a wee bit apprehensive about the length of the bus journey but needn't have worried, we had loads of stops for photos, bathroom breaks, lunch and my favourite stop in te anau where I had the best steak pie I've ever had (and I'm a Scot). Marty had... More 

Thank Tracy W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Outstanding day trip...about 14 hours in total leaving from Queenstown. Locals refer to area as the 8th wonder of the world...hard to argue to the contrary...magnificent scenery that concluded with a hour long boat excursion. Guide/Owner provided a BBQ lunch as a break along the way.. Name of tour we used is listed as title of review.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did a day trip to Milford Sounds on the BBQ bus with a fantastic driver named Rob. We made lots of stops for photos, which was fantastic as nothing worse than just seeing the sights out the window. We felt very safe with Robs driving considering the twists and turns in the mountain road. Nice BBQ lunch prepared by... More 

Thank KathynGreg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nigel was our guide and he did a great job at keeping us entertained and educated. The day as a whole was fantastic, we came away with better insights into flora, fauna, and general area history. Although it was a long day, Nigel kept us well informed about when we would stop for sights/food/restroom breaks. Our day happened to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife had a super day on our trip to Milford Sound on the BBQ bus. Organisation was first class and we were picked up right on time. Our group varied in numbers throughout the day but was never larger than 13. Undoubtedly a major factor in the success of the day was our driver/guide Nigel. He was informative, funny... More 

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