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Milford Sound Cruise from Queenstown
Queenstown to Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound Cruise + Scenic Drive + Lunch - Vista

Join this unforgettable journey to Milford Sound where you'll cruise through the day after departing Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
DurationDurationApprox. 13 Hours
Start & End TimeStart & End Time7:15am to 8pm
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffQueenstowni
MealsMealsLunch Included
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationQueenstown

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Queenstown (tour operator will confirm the pickup point and time)
  • Comfortable coach with experienced driver-guide giving commentary along the way
  • A fresh, tasty lunch on-board the cruise
  • Short nature walks & scenic photo stops en-route
  • Breathtaking boat cruise in Milford Sound on a modern catamaran with three viewing decks
  • Best atmosphere in the fiord with a famously friendly crew

What to Expect

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu below The Remarkables mountain range, where you'll indulge in views across to the Eyre Mountains which are nothing short of being truly spectacular.


Passing Kingston at the foot of the lake, the journey continues on into southern rural heartland.


After a refreshment stop in Te Anau the tour embarks on what is one of New Zealand's most stunning scenic drives along the Milford Highway, passing through the Eglington Valley and into the Fiordland National Park.


Numerous stops are made for photos and short nature walks. We'll encounter native wildlife, stunning natural rainforest, and glacier-carved Alpine vistas. Your experienced driver guides will share the secrets of their beautiful backyard through informative commentary and anecdotal storytelling.


Arriving in Milford Sound, you'll depart on an amazing scenic cruise aboard a modern catamaran with spacious viewing decks; perfect for soaking up those epic sights. The catamaran will take you along the full length of the fiord, all the way to the Tasman Sea and back, stopping off at Stirling Falls for a glacial shower and a refreshing finale!

Take in the natural wonders of the fiord. Encounter majestic waterfalls and rare wildlife. Milford Sound is home to a vast array of interesting wildlife and birdlife including penguins, seals and dolphins, which often put on a show playing in the bow wave of the boat.

This tour's jovial and friendly crew will be on hand throughout the cruise serving complimentary tea and coffee and helping take those all important photos.


Your pickup location will be confirmed by The Supplier who will make various pickups at bus stops throughout Queenstown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Milford Sound is approximately a 5 hour drive from Queenstown and 2 hour 30 minute drive from Te Anau.

Milford Sound is one of the wettest places in New Zealand with over 180 rain days a year. A jacket and warm clothing are recommended, as the weather can be unpredictable all year round. You’ll definitely need a rain jacket (and a change of clothes!) if you decide to take advantage of Milford’s free shower service underneath Stirling Falls waterfall.

Milford Sound is stunning in any weather! The more it rains, the more waterfalls you will see. The crew all agree that Milford is more spectacular in the rain as the surrounding mountains come alive with countless waterfalls that you don’t see on a sunny day.

The vessel is wheel chair accessible from the wharf into the main passenger cabin and has accessible toilet facilities on this deck. The remainder of the boat is not accessible by wheelchair.

  • Cash – To pay for purchases on the boat.
  • A rain jacket – Even on a sunny day the waterfalls will get you wet.
  • A camera – To capture your day.
  • Sunglasses – It can be bright if the sun is shining!
  • Finally, if you are self-driving, a full tank of petrol when leaving Te Anau.

The tour departure points are:

  • Bus Stop in front of Rydges Lakeland Resort (6:45am)
  • Bus Stop in front of Crowne Plaza (6:45am)
  • Athol Street Bus Stop (6:55am)t
  • Stanley Street Bus Stop alongside Holiday Inn Express (7:00am)
  • Pounamu Apartments Bus Stop (7:00am)
  • Hensman Bus Stop, opposite The Rees Hotel (7:00am) 
  • Goldfield Heights Bus Stop (7:00am)
  • Marina Heights Bus Stop (7:00am)
  • Frankton Bus Interchange (Frankton Terminus) – 7:10am


Terms & Conditions:
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Cancellation Policy:

No refunds within 24 hours of departure unless The Supplier cancels the activity due to weather conditions.

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