Milford Sound Coach Tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach Tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown

From $144.32 per person

Be whisked to Milford Sound by comfortable glass-roof coach for a 2-hour nature cruise including a delicious picnic lunch. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, informative commentary, and photo stops before sailing close to the fiord's waterfalls on the cruise.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 12.5 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English
Optional audio guide
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
Pick-up and drop off is available from selected central Queenstown hotels by prior arrangement. The local operator will confirm your pick-up details after booking. Note that your pick-up time may be different than the tour start time.

Experience

Itinerary
4 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Eglinton Valley (photo stop)

  • 5 minutes
  • Mirror Lakes (photo stop)

  • 1 hour
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 2 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 2 hours
  • Queenstown

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Drive along the magnificent Milford Road by glass-roof coach
  • Discover some of the best short walks and photo stops along the way
  • Cruise beneath the waterfalls of Milford Sound and look for native wildlife
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, freshly prepared by the on-board chefs
Full description
Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 2-hour lunch cruise. Journey in a spacious glass-roof coach with the creature comforts of free WiFi and USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glacially-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s deep blue waters. Savour a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your specialist nature guide and join the skipper in the open wheelhouse. Get within touching distance of impressive glacially-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown.  Sample itinerary: 7:00 AM depart Queenstown (hotel pick-ups on way out of town) 9:30 AM arrive Te Anau for short café stop  10:00 AM depart Te Anau, there will be about three stops on the Milford Road (time permitting)  12:40 PM arrive Milford Sound Visitor Terminal 1:00 PM depart on 2-hour nature cruise 3:00 PM arrive Milford terminal and reboard coach 5:00 PM arrive Te Anau for short café stop  5:30 PM depart Te Anau 7:30 PM arrive Queenstown Note timings are approximate and depend on traffic conditions.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected locations
  • Transportation by glass-roof coach
  • Wi-Fi and USB charging ports on coach
  • English commentary
  • 2-hour Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Queenstown Visitor Centre, 110 Beach Street, St Omers Wharf, Queenstown.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • Headset commentary is available onboard the coach in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French and German
    • Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability
    • It is an approximate 5-hour drive each way from Queenstown. Scenic flights are available on request for the return journey, weather permitting
    • In the interest of your safety, the local operator may cancel the activity at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or maintenance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 / 5

    based on 309 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5
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    The Milford Sounds trip was the highlight of our holiday around the South Island. As its a long trip from Queenstown to Milford, we chose to take the coach-cruise-coach option - it was not only a break from driving (we were averaging 200+kms a day)- but with a driver/guide you know about what you're seeing, rather than whisking past the stunning scenery!

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    March 30, 2021

    Our group of 6 people experienced the Milford Sound Coach Tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown. This journey was a 12.5 hour journey, which we all enjoyed our journey by bus coach and our driver who had a lot of knowledge providing information about the scenery areas while traveling to the Milford Sounds. The two hour boat cruise was an enjoyable experience to explore the Milford Sounds. Traveling by boat cruise, to capture the beautiful scenery views of the lake, water falls, sea lions and dolphin's. I would recommend this day trip to everyone, to book the Milford sound Coach tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown. Because you can sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery views while traveling. It is a long day journey to travel, if you drive yourself there to Milford Sound.

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    March 2, 2021

    This was an amazing experience and an experience I advise all New Zealanders need to experience for themselves. You can read about it or hear about it from other people but to experience Milford Sound and Queens town for yourself is an experience you will never forget or regret. The views are spectacular and we are so lucky to be able to see and live in such a beautiful country.

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    January 22, 2021

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