Take a day trip from Te Anau on one of the world’s finest alpine drives to Milford Sound in a small group tour, including scenic stops and guided commentary, followed by a stunning 2-hour cruise.
Milford Sound Coach, Cruise & Walk from Te Anau
- Adult Ages 15+
- Child Ages 4-14
- Infant Ages 0-2
Experience Milford from Three Perspectives
Experience one of the world’s finest alpine drives to Milford Sound in a small group tour, including scenic stops, walks and guided nature commentary, followed by a stunning 2-hour cruise.
Our 2-hour cruises are one of the most intimate and immersive ways to explore Milford Sound. We’ve designed our boats for better maneuvering to get you closer to your incredible surroundings. Each tour group has no more than 55 or 75 spaces available, so you have enough room to appreciate the grandeur.
What to expect:
The coach journey there
Departing from Te Anau, you’ll travel to Milford Sound in a comfortable, modern Mercedes van with panoramic windows for superior viewing, as your driver shares their extensive knowledge of the area along the picturesque Milford Road. Along the drive you’ll see local points of beauty such as Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat and the famous Eglington Valley.
This is followed by your 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound.
November through to April you will have the option to ascend the Routeburn Track, a NZ Great Walk to Key Summit. Hike through lush beech rainforest and into the alpine environment with panoramic views of the surrounding Fiordland Mountains, alpine lakes and deep bush clad valleys. This option is unguided unless the whole group decides to go.
Sit back and relax as your cruise makes its way out into Milford Sound past the iconic Mitre Peak. We’ll sail the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, with informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. You’ll see towering peaks, sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest. Feel the spray of Fairy Falls and listen to the sound of nature thriving in its habitat.
We also take you out into the Tasman Sea so you can enjoy the unique opportunity of approaching the fiord just as the first sealers did way back in the 18th century.
Be sure to keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region.
Keep warm with complimentary tea and coffee in the lounge and take in the scenery through expansive windows. Or venture onto the spacious outdoor viewing decks to breathe in the pristine alpine air. Either way, you will be inspired by the majesty of the region.
The coach journey back
During the return coach journey, you can stop for some great photo opportunities. In total, this day trip usually takes just over 9 hours.
- Scenic drive with sightseeing stops along the famous Milford Road
- 2-hour cruise with frequent stops at spectacular points of interest
- Up-close perspectives of flora and fauna, waterfalls and wildlife and more
- Fantastic photo opportunities
- Interactive and informative commentary
- Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
- Complimentary bottled water and wifi (Queenstown coach only)
- Complimentary pick-ups from most accommodation.
- Small and uncrowded experience