Milford Sound Full Day Tour from Te Anau

Avoid the crowds and hit the road for the best of Milford Sound and New Zealand's Fiordland National Park!

Queenstown, New Zealand
7.5 hours
Start time
8 am
Pick up & Drop off
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NZD $119
ValueNZD $139SAVE 14%
Children (5-15yrs): NZD $89
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What's Included

  • Explore spectacular Fiordland National Park and discover New Zealand's natural gems
  • Enjoy scenic stops and short walks at Mirror Lakes and The Chasm
  • Experience Milford Sound on a 1-hour 40-minute cruise aboard a modern catamaran
  • Tuck into a freshly made picnic lunch
  • Enjoy free tea and coffee and an onboard bar selling espresso coffee, drinks and snacks
  • Learn about the area with local and experienced guides and boat crew supplying commentary throughout the day
  • Pick up from your Te Anau accommodation between 7.30am – 8.00amincluded

Why do we love this

We love the small size and flexibility of this trip, that just makes your Fiordland experience that much more special. We think the local guide commentary is pretty cool too, not to mention all the incredible scenery you'll see throughout your trip!


Jucy Gem of the Sound | Milford Sound, New Zealand from Unveil Films & Photography on Vimeo.

Departing from Te Anau, the 'gateway to the Fiordlands', this tour gives you a taste of all New Zeland's South Island gems. Though the coach you're travelling in may be small, this tour is anything but! You'll beat the crowds travelling on this personalised tour, and the smaller vehicle sizes mean more time and flexibility to explore where others can't.

There's nothing that compares to the stunning nature of Fiordland National Park and Milford around, so get for a day you'll never forget.

Your adventure beings in Te Anau between 7.30 - 8 am. You'll experience all the beauty of this area as you drive along, stopping at points throughout the national park to soak up the scenery.

There'll be plenty of time to capture all of Fiordland’s stunning natural beauty, and you'll learn more about the area with plenty of local insight from your tour guides.

Once you reach Milford Sound, jump aboard catamaran 'the Gem of the Sound'. From here, your water adventure begins!

 With spectacular glass roofs, spacious viewing decks, and HD cameras projecting live footage from outdoors onto TV screens, the Gem has been specifically designed to capture this breathtaking spot from every angle.

Catch views from the many decks or settle inside to watch this water wonderland onscreen.

You'll cruise the full length of Milford Sound right out to the Tasman sea, and take in all the spectacular scenery as you go. Mountains rise from the deep waters of the Fiord; ancient rainforests hang from glacier-carved cliffs and fairytale waterfalls cascade into the ocean below. There truly is nowhere else like it in the world. 

As you travel, keep your eyes out for fur seals relaxing on the rocks and playing in the water just metres away. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot dolphins surfing the wake of the bow,  or catch a glimpse of the very rare Fiordland Crested Penguin!

After a 1 hour 40 minute cruise, its time to head back to shore and back to Te Anau.

Now is the time to make the most of this area's scenic stops, as the majority of the crowds have left for the day. Enjoy short walks at Mirror Lakes and The Chasm and discover some of the South Islands most incredible wilderness sights!

You'll arrive back in Te Anau at approximately 4 pm. 

Please Note

Departs daily from Te Anau at 8:00 am (Pickups from 7:30 am)

This tour is approximately 7.5 hours. You will arrive back in Te Anau by 4 pm

Complimentary pick up from central Te Anau accommodation. Please confirm with Jucy before departure. 

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  1. The itinerary is correct at the time of publication and will be adhered to within reason, but may be changed due to weather or safety conditions or at the discretion of Cruising Milford Sound Ltd.

  2. Where food is included in the price of your package, Cruising Milford Sound Ltd. will endeavour to meet dietary requests but this may not always be possible.

  3. Changes to itinerary, inclusions, pick-up times or the use of third-party operators shall not give the traveller a right of cancellation or refund.


Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations more than 24 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the cost

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ValueNZD $139SAVE 14%
Children (5-15yrs): NZD $89
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