Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
from USD $183.06
Discover one of the best things to do in South Island New Zealand as you embark on a full-day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. You'll travel through Fiordland on a luxury coach tour before continuing to explore via a renowned Milford Sound cruise, enjoying a buffet lunch on board. Join us for an unforgettable day in Fiordland National Park!
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In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
12 hours 30 minutes
Fully narrated tour
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: GreatSights, Carpark 9-11 Athol Street, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand

Tour departs from this location

Duration: 1 minute

Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

oLake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand and the third largest. Wakatipu is a Maori word meaning, ‘Hollow of the Demon’. The lake has an unusual rhythmic rise and fall in the water level, approximately 12cm every 5 minutes. In Maori legend this strange rhythmic rise and fall of the water level, is said to be the beating heart of a monster from the deep depths of the lake.

Stop At: Kiwi Country, Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand

Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

Eglington Valley is named by Quintin MacKinnon, who named the valley after the Earl of Eglington of Scotland. We will be following the Eglington River whose source is the small lake of Lake Fergus, which is situated in the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. The glacial valley of the Eglington is not only a truly magnificent place for photos, but also a perfect place to put the size of this valley into perspective. The distance from this road to the base of the tree-line; out to the left is 2.4km. An extremely large glacier was responsible for clearing out this valley thousands of years ago. Everything in this region is huge so it is very easy to lose perspective of this as we travel through the mountains

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mirror Lakes Walk, Milford Road,, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Mirror Lakes where most of the time the nearby mountains are reflected in the lakes. Being small, the lakes have less chance of being roughened by the winds compared to their larger counterparts and the large quantity of tannins leached from the soil into the waters give these lakes a much clearer mirror effect than many of the other lakes in the region. It is here you have the opportunity to walk along a boardwalk listening for Bellbirds and Tui’s which are protected native birds, whilst watching Black Scaups dive for food on the bottom of the lake between the various species of beech trees. These forests are said to be 135 million years old. We will drop you off at one end of the walkway and you can re-join the coach in 10 minutes at the far end of the board walk if you wish to go for a walk.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Knobs Flat, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

Knobs Flat is the camp or home for the road workers who spend 365 days a year ensuring the road is maintained and safe for travel, especially during autumn, winter and early spring; this is essential due to avalanche risks. The Earl Mountain Range is off to our left, in the distance is the Eglington River and the Livingstone Mountains are on our right. Knobs Flat takes its name from the glacial hillocks that protrude up from the valley like sand dunes as a reminder of glacial windblown moraine. In the forest areas around here you will often see pink, blue and orange ribbons attached to trees. These are markers; part of the Department of Conservation eradication programmes

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning sight. The mountain rises near vertically to 5,560 feet (1,690 m), i.e. just over a mile, from the water of Milford Sound, which technically is a fjord. The peak is actually a closely grouped set of five peaks, with Mitre Peak not even the tallest one, however from most easily accessible viewpoints, Mitre Peak appears as a single point. Milford Sound is part of Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO.

Pass By: Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand

As we head up towards the Homer Tunnel, on the right hand side you can see the remains of a camp including the oven in which the meals and bread were cooked. The shed to the left was designed to house the snow plough and was built in 1983. After its construction it was found that the doorway had not been made wide enough and the plough was not able to be housed there. It is now kept at the camp at Knobs Flat. The building today is known as the Chapel as it is one of the few areas of this region that has never been affected by avalanche.

Stop At: Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand

Monkey Creek is named after one of three Government employees entrusted yearly to camp here and find a path through the mountains. Eventually his monkey like climbing skills allowed him to find a path, which though not particularly safe, was used for many years for guided walking tours. It is here we have the opportunity to drink the water or full your water bottles. Because this water is flowing directly from the mountains it is one of the few remaining places it is safe to taste fresh water without contamination and you realise without chemicals doesn’t really have a taste but is extremely refreshing. Be careful filling your water bottles because the water is very cold. Also don’t be surprised if a Kea or two drop in to say hello!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

Our Premium Cruise vessel has been specifically designed to capture the views of Milford Sound with its unique glass roof and large viewing decks. The ‘Gem of the Sound’ offers an outstanding experience never seen in Milford Sound with an exceptional level of comfort and hospitality. A selection of snacks and noodles can be purchased on board along with a wide range of drinks from New Zealand and around the world. Visit the stunning Milford Sound on board an equally premium vessel that will look after you and your unique experience.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Kiwi Country, Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand

Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.

Duration: 15 minutes


  • 1-hour 45-minute sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Glass-roofed coach with free WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

7:20 AM

Departure Point

Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ 0800744487

If your pick up location is not on the supplied list please contact our reservations team 24 hours prior

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A long day made very enjoyable by a fantastic tour guide and wonderful, comfortable bus ride. Milford Sound boat tour was amazing....loved every minute of it. Worth the trip.
• Submitted 21 Nov 2019
The trip to Milford Sound is amazing with plenty of stops before reaching Milford Sound. Once you're at Milford Sound, it's like a gate to heaven - truly stunning and breathtaking. In terms of the tour, everything was well organised. The bus was clean, comfortable, and the driver was very entertaining and told us plenty of history and information along the way. The buffet on the cruise ship was also very delicious. Great value for a full day excursion!
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
the tour was great... the commentary during the bus ride, stops along the way, and final destination, milford sound, were all exceptional! lunch on the cruise was also good. highly recommended!
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Like everyone says it is a big day but absolutely worth the effort. The views along the way are just breathtaking and our bus driver Hamish was amazing. Giving us a guided tour the whole way as well as driving like a boss.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Sensational scenery from luxury Coach all the way from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Our driver Eric was a very caring and gentle man concerned about our well being with a vast amount of knowledge of the history of the region, couldn't have asked for a better driver. He allowed us various photo opportunities ( spectacular ) and I'm a Kiwi plus toilet stops along the way. We were offered various options subject to weather for returning back to Queenstown 1, with him on the Coach,2, direct fixed wing 14 seater plane 3, Helicopter direct flight to Queenstown 4, Helicopter flying up close to Glaciers and landing on the top of a mountain getting and experiencing really what being on top of the world is like. My Partner and I took option 4 an absolute sensational experience a must do for the bucket list. The trip on the Milford Sounds was another experience second to none, close and personal to our New Zealand Fur Seal ,Close up and under various Waterfalls both sides of the Sounds, right out to the Tasman Sea. being the middle of winter was very cold however the lunch they supplied on board was way beyond our expectations and very much appreciated ( Hot Food ) warmed us up, we were dressed appropriately. Mitre Peak was only visible some of the time, probably the most photographed Mountain in New Zealand.The Juicy company boat we were on and the crew were excellent, the commentary from the captain was exceptional and informative. This is a must do experience for any New Zealander and any visitor from all corners of the Globe to partake in. Just Do It !!!!!!!
• Submitted 26 Jul 2019
Eric was our guide, he was friendly and very informative. Milford Sound was amazing. Highly recommend if you are in New Zealand.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2019
My husband and I had a great time on the tour. The bus driver Stew was fantastic and had alot of information to share. The bus was comfortable and we only had 25 passengers on a big bus so we weren't squashed together. The cruise through Milford Sound was amazing!!! The crew were super friendly and the buffet lunch was delicious! Overall an excellent experience from being picked up from our hotel to being dropped off. Would definitely recommend Great Sights tours for going to Milford Sound!!
• Submitted 16 Jul 2019
Great experience of our prehistoric geology and connection with the mother nature. Great service from the Bus Driver and the Yacht Captain and the crew.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
Would highly recommend this tour. Our bus driver Eric was a world of knowledge and make a long day very enjoyable - great sense of humour! Milford Sound tour was also informative and just enough time on the water to appreciate the extraordinary scenery. Picture perfect tour from start to finish!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2019
It was a long day of travel (7am pickup and 8pm dropoff) however this was a small price to pay for the breathtaking views which we saw and experienced not only at Milford Sound but on the stop off points along the journey also. The time passed a little quicker with the views which we passed. Pleasant driver who was also most helpful with a good sense of humour.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
We had a most excellent day to Milford Sound.Hamish our driver was most interesting with all his knowledge of the area.Cruise was enjoyable spectacular sight seeing. Cruise commentary ok
• Submitted 25 Apr 2019
We loved our trip to Milford Sound. It is a bit of a drive, but we had an awesome bus driver who kept us entertained the whole time. We liked the stops on the bus that we made along the way. The boat ride was beautiful and very relaxing; out captain got us close to the waterfalls. The boat was very clean and very big. The buffet lunch (included in the price) was good.
• Submitted 22 Apr 2019
I would highly recommend this tour, we had a wonderful bus ride on a very comfortable coach that provided water and a jack to charge your phone so don’t forget to bring your cord to have a full charge to take some amazing pictures! The ride to Milford Sound was breathtaking with a few great photo opportunities that the bus stopped at along with a stop at a cafe/gift shop. Adrian was our driver and shared many great NZ pearls with us during our ride. Once we got to the boat we set off on our cruise and the staff was terrific and food was ok enough to fill us up! Overall great day and will NEVER forget the waterfalls! We went in March and were just fine with a long sleeve shirt, jeans and a really good raincoat!
• Submitted 27 Mar 2019
Our trip was a 12 1/2 hour combines bus and boat cruise. It was fantastic. Our bus driver, Adrian, was perfect. He gave us information on the trip to Milford Sound and did it with enthusiasm and a sense of humour. The scenery is amazing with a combination of lakes, mountains, forests and farmland. Our stop in Te Anau was well timed after 3 hours on the bus. It’s a nice small town and the travel centre has great food and a wide selection of clothing. When we arrived at Milford Sound we were immediately put on a large catamaran power boat. They fed us a great meal as soon as we boarded. The cruise was stunning with mountains rising straight up out of the fiord. We saw many cascading waterfalls and got extrmely close to 2 of them. We saw fur seals sleeping on the rocks The trip home was uneventful, lots of snoozing, and we arrived at the predetermined time. Thanks for a wonderful day
• Submitted 11 Mar 2019
Milford Sound has long been on to-do list but logistics of getting there were off—puttingHowever a comfortable coach, witty and knowledgeable driver and plenty of photo stops made the journey pass quickly. The cruise on the Sound was fantastic with the added bonus of a very high class buffet lunch
• Submitted 12 Dec 2018
Great tour. On time pick-up, great driver and guide. Milford Sound there aren't any words that will do it justice, simply beautiful.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
great experience and bus driver has stopped at his favourite spot, and I must agree with him that it was breathtakingly beautiful. Milford Sound boat ride has been memorable.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
Lot of fun. Loved taking a shower in the falls. Watched the dolphins dancing around. Missed the seals somehow. Food was excellent even for vegetarians. Stsff were very nice and helpful. Enjoyed it
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
This was a great tour! Milford Sound was one of the highlights of our South Island tour. We wished we could have stayed longer! My biggest problem with this tour was the driver especially on the return trip luckily we sleep most of the way there. The driver chose to go very fast on very tiny 2 lane roads in a gigantic tour bus. This made me very queasy and I am not someone who gets car sick easily. I think we tried to do too much in the short time we had. Lunch was a bit later in the afternoon about 2 or so so make sure to bring a snack. The juicy cruise was awesome. The only downside is that it is really crowded. If we had chosen to do this on our own, I am sure it would have been easier to get pictures etc. The scenery of Milford Sound is well worth everything!
• Submitted 29 Mar 2018
This was a magnificent tour. So much beauty.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
A very long day on the coach 12hrs but well worth the trip, The coach driver kept us well entertained and was very knowledgeable,but just a shame about the weather on the day we visited, but that's the luck of the draw when booking a holiday. But was still very spectacular on the boat trip and definately recommended.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
An extremely long day, but would return in a heartbeat! Traveling to the Milford sound from Queenstown does take some time, and is not for those who get car sick. The roads leading down to the sound are very winding. The views are BREATHTAKING!!!! I would recommend skipping the free lunch wasn't that great and purchasing your own on the boat. Its SPECTACULAR EVERYONE MUST GO HERE
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
Was amazing the tour guide made the trip fun and enjoyable would recommend this to anyone
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
Make no mistake, this IS a full-day trip 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. While most of it is spent on a bus to and from Milford Sound, the scenery and stops along the way make it worthwhile. Out of Queenstown the bus takes you along the scenic Lake Wakatipu, with stops in Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Mirror Lakes, and the Chasm. The bus was large, new, and comfortable, with expansive windows to take in the views. Our driver, Marcus, was knowledgeable and provided wonderful commentary throughout the drive. He was also particular about keeping to schedule. He even pointed out a couple of keas somewhat large parrots that have an inexplicable fondness for the rubber linings found around car windows. The boat cruise itself is very enjoyable and comfortable, with completely enclosed cabins for those that wish to avoid any wind and rain, and outdoor decks for those inclined to weather the elements. The day I took the tour was windy and rainy, and I was a little disappointed that I wouldn't get to see the glorious forest-covered mountainsides. However, my disappointment vanished when I was privy to the many gushing waterfalls, which tend to disappear entirely soon after it's stopped raining. Moreover, we were told that virtually 2 out of every 3 days is rainy. The Captain of the boat took us close to a few waterfalls, and pointed out some fur seals that were basking on rocks near the shore. The highlight for many passengers myself included, however, was when the Captain nudged the nose of the boat into one of the waterfalls. Some of us donned ponchos available for NZ 7.50 on the boat and held onto the railings at the nose of the boat as the waterfall cascaded fiercely upon us. The water, I was expecting the wind, I was not. The wind whipped open the buttons along the sides of my poncho, and I was struggling to keep it together. And all the while I had the biggest smile on my face. On the boat they provided a buffet lunch, with a fairly good selection and variety of food. The quality of the food was reasonable, considering this was a cruise boat we were on. They had ice cream after lunch, and coffee and hot chocolate were available throughout. There are several day tour options, and this is not the least expensive. However, I'd rate this tour as being worth every penny.
• Submitted 15 Feb 2018

In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
12 hours 30 minutes
Fully narrated tour
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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