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Milford Sound Tour & Cruise with Picnic Lunch

Milford Sound Tour & Cruise with Picnic Lunch

Milford Sound Tour & Cruise, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines the amazing return journey to Milford Sound with a boutique Milford Sound Cruise aboard Cruise Milford, the number 1 Trip Advisor rated cruise company.

From

NZ$ 289.00

Per Person

Highlights

  • Milford Sound Cruise with Cruise Milford

  • Fiordland National Park

  • Scenic Stops

  • Wildlife & Sealife Spotting

  • Fully Guided Bus Tour

Full Description

Itinerary:

1.      Queenstown - Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the area’s top highlights.

2.      Lake Wakatipu – Departing Queenstown we wind our way around Lake Wakatipu, with amazing views of ‘The Remarkables’ Mountain Range and the lake, stopping for photos is a must.

3.      Devils Staircase – Continuing around the lake we will pass through Devil’s Staircase. This elevated windy part of the road is famous for dramatic photos and setting the scene for the day to come.

4.      Lake Te Anau – After more amazing mountain, river and farmland views we arrive in Te Anau, home to Lake Te Anau, New Zealand’s second largest lake. While in this idyllic town we will stop for a break and maybe meet some of the local animals or wildlife. Continuing along the lake we stop at Te Anau Downs, the starting point for the Milford Track, to hear the stories and admire the views. 

5.      Eglington Valley – Leaving Te Anau and entering Fiordland National Park we stop in Eglinton Valley. With views worthy of Lord of the Rings, this valley follows the path of an ancient glacier through Fiordland. One of the first major attractions as you enter the park, it really sets the scene for a journey that only get more impressive the deeper you get.    

6.      Mirror Lakes – Our next stop on this epic adventure is Mirror Lakes for a short stroll to see the famous reflections of the Earl Mountains. Get the right day, take a good picture and no one with be able to tell which way is the right way up for the photo.

7.      Lake Gunn – Continuing along the Milford Road we come across Lake Gunn. Named after a famous explorer and popular for fishing, often we will stop at Lake Gunn for some photos and to enjoy the peace.

8.      Hollyford River & Falls Creek – A short drive away we start passing the Hollyford River a gorgeous and powerful river full of large boulders and rapids. Feeding into the river at Falls Creek is the first of our extremely impressive waterfalls of the area, one of many to come.

9.      Darran Mountains – Climbing in altitude we go deeper into the Darran Mountains and these views require another stop to admire and take photos. We are also entering the area where Kea (the world’s largest alpine parrot) like to live. Start keeping an eye out for these large, cheeky and colourful birds that never fail to thrill and entertain when found.

10.  Homer Tunnel – To make our way back down towards the sea we enter the mind-blowing hand-built Homer Tunnel, hearing the incredible history and stories. Emerging from the tunnel the valley descends sharply towards Milford Sound and on a rainy-day you will see hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the mountain side.   

11.  Milford Sound – Following the valleys to the sea we arrive at Milford Sound where you will board your cruise with Cruise Milford (the No. 1 Cruise operator in Milford Sound on TripAdvisor). The Cruise Milford experience offers a boutique cruise on a smaller boat which is less crowded and a crew that offers a much more informative and personal tour of Milford Sound. The smaller boat means you get closer to the wildlife and nature including the New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks, massive rock faces rising for hundreds of metres out of the sea and the waterfalls cascading from an ancient rainforest high in the mountains. This cruise is unbeatable.

12.  Mitre Peak – While on the boat cruise you will be able to marvel at the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak,  the iconic Milford Sound mountain, with its steep triangular peak rising high up above the reflective waters of the Milford Sound.  

13.  The Chasm – After your cruise do not fear the adventure is not over, there is the return journey with many more amazing stops. One of the stops during this journey (weather and timing dependent) is The Chasm.  A spectacular bush walk and dramatic views of powerful waterfalls and water sculpted shapes in the rocks.

14.  Pop's View Lookout – Next we pull over to admire the elevated amazing views of the divide in the Southern Alps, close to the start of the Routeburn Track. While here the guide will tell you the stories of ancient Maori explorers.

15.  Queenstown – Sadly we must start to head back to Queenstown but your day is not over with a fully guided return trip and many stops and breaks along the way

Includes

Fully Guided Small Group Tour

Cruise Entry

Bottled Water & Snacks

Picnic Lunch

Meeting Point

Our main meeting point is The Station - Home of Adventure on the corner of Camp & Shotover Streets. 
Please be ready to go 5 minutes before your pickup time at the Marmolada Cafe. 

We offer pickup from the below hotels & locations

Kamana Lakehouse / Mercure Queenstown / Heritage Hotel / Rydges Lakeland / Hotel St Moritz / Crowne Plaza / Novotel Lakeside / Nomads Hostel / Flaming Kiwi Backpackers / Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel / Pinewood Lodge / The Station - Home of Adventure / LyLo Queenstown / Sofitel Hotel & Spa / Aspen Lodge / Ramada Queenstown Central / Heartland Hotel / Scenic Suites / Holiday Inn Express & Suites / Millennium Hotel / Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront / Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Lakeview / Swiss Belsuites Pounamu / Oaks Shores Resort / The Rees Hotel / Holiday Inn Frankton Road / Sherwood Hotel / Frankton Bus Interchange / Wyndham Garden / Hilton Resort & Spa / Jacks Point/Hanley's Farm

Additional Information

Weather in New Zealand can be a little unpredictable and it is said we experience four seasons in one day! We recommend bringing a rain jacket, hat, sunscreen & insect repellent, our sandflies can be friendly :)

Lunch is provided - please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

From

NZ$ 289.00

Per Person

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Queenstown, New Zealand, 9300

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Milford Sound Tour & Cruise, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines the amazing return journey to Milford Sound with a boutique Milford Sound Cruise aboard Cruise Milford.
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