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Premium Milford Sound Nature Cruise EX Queenstown

Visit the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound on this Premium day tour departing from Queenstown. This tour includes up to 2.5 hours of time cruising on Milford Sound - compared to 90 minutes on most budget options. You only travel to Milford Sound once, make the most of it!

Looking for a budget option? Check out this Milford Sound Day Tour from Queenstown for only $125 NZD. 

On boarding a luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau for a morning tea break. From Te Anau, the coach then continues along the spectacular Milford Road through impressive alpine scenery. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. The coach driver provides a commentary and interpretation material is available in foreign languages.

On reaching Milford Sound board a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Nature Cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary that allows plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife and have special appeal for the independent traveller. An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks; and keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season.

Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on all vessels. Following the cruise return to Queenstown by luxury coach. 


  • Travel on a luxury glass roofed coach
  • Longer time on the water - 2 hours in winter, 2.5 hours during the rest of the year
  • Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound 
  • See breathtaking waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes
  • View Mitre Peak up close as it stands 1,692 metres above sea level
  • The short but impressive walk over the footbridges of The Chasm will get you the chance to witness mighty waterfalls and rapids

What's Included

  • Return transportation in Luxury glass-roofed coach with complimentary pick-up from most hotels
  • 2.5 hour cruise on Milford Sound (2 hours in winter)
  • Commentary from resident Nature Guide
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board the boat

Important Notes

Departure Times:

7:15am to 8:15pm, 1 Nov–30 Apr
6:55am to 7:45pm, 1 May–31 Oct

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Duration 13 hours return

Departs From: Queenstown

Tour Type: Day Tour & Activities

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1 reviews
February 2018

Can't comment on accommodation or meals as we've arranged our own meals and stayed back in Queenstown. However, the premium Milford tour ex-Queenstown is one of the highlights of our stay in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. The bus trip was very restful with interesting commentary by our experienced bus driver, and the Milford Sound cruise is a remarkable experience that would be a must for every visitor. We've deeply appreciated the beauty of our nature, experienced a brief shower at the fresh rain-soaked waterfall by the edges of the deeply carved cliffs, came close to a herd of sun-baking seals, and even got to wave at a passenger cruise ship which was tiny by scale in comparison to the majestic peaks of the Milford mountains. As the weather improved more in the later afternoon, we were able to return home by air which is also another spectacular experience to view the amazing landscape (p.s. having done the helicopter tour a week before, the plane trip was less visceral but a quicker way to return home for dinner!). Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy the best of South Island.

Trip Date: December 2017

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