Milford Sound BBQ Experience Full Day from Queenstown

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Milford Sound BBQ Experience Full Day from Queenstown
from USD $185.90
Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, and a must-see for any traveler. Whether seen in sunshine or rain, the incredible views are guaranteed to leave you awe-struck. This is a small group tour for travelers seeking an all-inclusive, uniquely-kiwi, personalized trip to Milford Sound. 

Travel in unparalleled style and comfort in a fully air-conditioned luxury Mercedes van fully equipped with WIFI, large panoramic windows and leather reclining seats so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

As you begin your tour out of Queenstown the van will travel south alongside the amazing "Remarkables" mountain range and New Zealand's longest lake, Lake Wakatipu. From Te Anau the scenery really begins to stand out as we drive north along Lake Te Anau and into the beautiful Fiordland National Park.

Enjoy a gourmet Kiwi-style BBQ lunch on our small uncrowded cruise while taking in the incredible beauty that Fiordland and Milford Sound have to offer!
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In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
13 hours


Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small group ensures personal service
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake in the South Island of New Zealand. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original Māori word Whakatipu wai-māori

Stop At: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Upon entering the Fiordland National Park, the largest National Park in NZ, travel up along side the Eglington River to three mountain lakes at the head of the Eglington Valley. During this part of the journey you will make the first of our many sightseeing stops that also allow for some great photo opportunities. You have a couple of different locations for lunch and will endeavor to select the best spot on the day. With some fantastic walks in the area, this is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful alpine forest up close.

After lunch you head towards the Homer Tunnel, taking in some incredible mountain views while driving along side the crystal clear waters of the Hollyford river. Once through the Homer Tunnel, you'll wind the way down the Cleddau Valley. At this time you arrive in an area called Fiordland but are visiting a "Sound", the difference will be explained.

You link up with a scenic cruise for a 1 hour and 45 minute excursion on the fjord.

The barbecue lunch includes a classic Kiwi BBQ of marinated lamb kebabs, chicken kebabs and sausages, a good range of salads, fresh bread and fruit juice. Vegetarian patties are available on request. Please be sure to specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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

Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins.

Stop At: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Lake Te Anau is in the southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The lake covers an area of 344 km², making it the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island. It is the largest lake in Australasia by fresh water volume.

Stop At: Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand

The Homer Tunnel is a 1.2 km long road tunnel in the Fiordland region of the South Island of New Zealand, opened in 1953. New Zealand State Highway 94 passes through the tunnel, linking Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown, by piercing the Darran Mountain range at the Homer Saddle

Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

See the picturesque Eglinton Valley

Duration: 5 minutes

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

Enjoy a beautiful short nature walk and view the famous Mirror Lakes

Duration: 10 minutes


  • Hotel pickup and drop off (at select Queenstown accommodations)
  • Nature Cruise on Milford Sound.
  • Local Driver/Guide.
  • Sightseeing Stops with opportunities for short bush walks.
  • Lunch - Kiwi-style BBQ or Picnic Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Gratuities
  • Additional Snacks (we provide lunch, but it is a long day)
  • Alcoholic beverages on board the boat

Departure Point

Queenstown, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Additional Pick ups:
- Fernhill Hotels (Please contact us with your accommodation information to confirm pick up location and time)
- Arthurs Point Hotel (Please contact us with your accommodation information to confirm pick up location and time)
- Rydges Bus Stop, Lake Esplanade (For Rydges Resort, QT Queenstown, and Peppers Beacon)
- Queenstown Hotels (Please contact us with your accommodation information to confirm pick up location and time)
- Central Queenstown (Please meet the us outside Base Backpackers, 49 Shotover Street)
- Amber Lodge, 1 Gorge Rd (For Gorge Rd, Henry St, and Turner St accomodations)
- Cnr Cemetery Rd & Brecon St (For Lakeview Holiday Park, The Dairy, Browns Boutique)
- Upper Stanley Street Bus Stop, Stanley St (For Heartland Hotel, Blue Peaks, Caples Court, Four Seasons and Scenic suites)
- Millennium Hotel Bus Stop, Frankton Rd (For Millennium Hotel, Melbourne Lodge, Hurley's, Autoline Motel)
- Pounamu Bus Stop, Frankton Rd (For Swiss Belsuites, Colonial Village, Villa del Lago, Oaks Club)
- Hensman Rd / Oaks Shores Bus Stop (For The Rees, Oaks Shores, Andrews Rd, and Hensman Rd)
- Sherwood Bus Stop, Frankton Rd (For Sherwood, Holiday Inn, Goldfield Heights)
- Battery Hill Bus Stop, Frankton Rd
- Perkins Rd Bus Stop, Frankton Rd
- Marina Drive Bus Stop, Frankton Rd (For Mantra Marina)
- Frankton Bus Shelter, Cnr of Gray Street & Kawarau Rd

If your accommodation is not listed, please contact us with your accommodation information to confirm pick up location and time

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please bring walking shoes, warm clothes and rain jacket
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Special meal requests such as vegetarian or do not eat pork, lamb, chicken or beef MUST be advised at time of booking and then reconfirmed at least 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • During the months of May to October and the Early Bird Summer departures the itinerary for this tour will be modified. In place of the BBQ lunch enroute to Milford Sound, the tour will include a full scenic cruise with a BBQ lunch on board the cruise boat.
  • Please be aware that this is a full day excursion (up to 13 hours for our Summer tours) due to road distances.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 19 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

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

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

Much to see on the coach journey to Milford sound and then had an enjoyable boat ride on the Sound both with great interpretation by the crew.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2020
From pIck up and drop back to Hotel, We still feel amaze with the scenery. Very Beautiful. And Driver also picked us very beatiful spot to take the Photo.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
we were lucky to have a great clear day; .this was wonderful;, However the lunch was not as good as i had hoped, but the great day made up for it. my suggestion change up the menu
• Submitted 27 Dec 2019
The beauty of Milford Sound is fantastic. We had an excellent guide and a fun boat ride. Milford Sound is a fjord on the western side of the South Island of New Zealand. The trip to and from Queenstown to the sound was a large and important part of the trip and took many hours.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
Being picked up from our accommodation was a bonus. The scenery and stop off points the whole way on the trip was outstanding. Kreig was a fantastic tour guide, any questions were answered, and we cant thank him enough for the amazing day. He came on the boat with us and was willing to get soaked just to take photos of the group. He was friendly, informative and extremely knowledgable. It was great getting to know everyone on the tour with an activity on the way down. We were travelling back to Christchurch after the 14 hour day and Kreig gave us his number to check in when we had arrived safely. This was very thoughtful and we couldn't have asked for a better tour guide.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
Fantastic day with a great guide who was entertaining and extremely informative. We were looked after really well from pick up to drop off and the stops along the way were fantastic. Very glad we went was the highlight of our holiday
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Had a fantastic trip on the Milford Sound with this company. Host (Chris) was very informative and friendly, with great stories to tell ... great food as well. The scenery is just spectacular, not to be missed when on the South Island.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
This tour was one of the best I have ever experienced in all my travels. Our tour guide, Graham of Altitude tours was very kind and very knowledgable. The whole trip was amazing!
• Submitted 26 Jul 2019
It was raining all day but it was for the best because we're able to experience multiple water falls and our tour guide Rob [i hope i get it right] has lots to share and very accomodating.. he cooked excellent bbq! The cruise pips are also excellent pointing to us what to look for.. it was exhilarating experience! Wonder of nature!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
The Milford Sound BBQ Experience was fantastic. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining throughout our day trip. The group was very intimate (just 6 of us) which allowed us to stop and see things the large tour buses could not necessarily experience. The barbecue lunch on the boat was also quite tasty!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We had a great time on this day trip - the pacing of the day was good, the guide was very friendly and gave us a lot of good info about New Zealand and Milford Sound. I'd definitely do this trip again!
• Submitted 13 May 2019
We enjoyed our tour to Milford Sound and felt fortunate to have Rob as our guide! He was informative and very funny but didn’t do too much commentary. The scenery is amazing and we are so glad we did this tour. Because it is a 15 seater van, we enjoyed not being part of a huge tour. We were able to stop at beautiful locations along the way and our boat cruise was also smaller. We would highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 08 Apr 2019
The drive and stops along the way to the Milford sound boat ride was beautiful. Rob was an excellent, friendly and knowledgeable guide. The boat ride was great as was the crew.
• Submitted 04 Apr 2019
Trip was very well organized. Graeme was knowledgeable and an excellent driver. The stops were all interested. Feedback: good detail about the areas on the way to Milford Sound. Very interesting. Milford Sound was as advertised. Quite dramatic and beautiful. The boat ride on the Sound was perfect. I personally would have appreciated perfect quiet on the ride home, particularly after we left the mountain area - e.g. no music (or volume turned down at least) and no movie was needed. I was tired. I could see others were trying to sleep after a very long day. i was too.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2019
This was an amazing day as we traveled from Queenstown to Milford Sound and back. Nigel was an excellent tour guide, driver, and cook. He shared many interesting details along the way and made some beautiful stops along the way. Being part of the BarBque bus was a great alternative to the large tour group buses as well as driving the route in our rental car.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2019
Hotel pick up was timely and convenient. Multiple scenic stops along the way including restroom stop each way. Driver very pleasant humorous and informative. Lunch was delicious served at an historic cabins maintained somewhat in their original state from the gold rush days. Boat crew were friendly and chatty. While a long day this is an iconic New Zealand outing that should not be missed...pack a snack for the way home...
• Submitted 21 Jan 2019
I booked this trip as a solo traveler and chose this one initially on the appeal that it was a smaller group and that it'd likely be a better and more intimate way to see Milford Sound and the trip went beyond expectations.Rob was an incredible guide and while some might argue that the drive is something you could easily do yourself in a hire car the local knowledge and experience that Rob brought to the trip can't be undervalued - plus, you get to spend the whole trip looking out at the scenery instead of focusing on the road.Being a smaller group we had the ability to stop more frequently for photos and scenic points of interest than the larger coaches and our boat cruise of Milford was also on a smaller vessel than the big coaches would have had to book, which meant a more relaxed and intimate tour of the sound itself.The BBQ part of the trip was also great. I dropped a note that I was vegetarian and was perfectly catered to. Don't let dietary restrictions stop you from considering this tour.All in all, after taking this tour with Rob as our guide I wouldn't even imagine recommending any other tour to anyone visiting the area and wanting to see Milford. He was quick to point out any wildlife we came across and brought a great mix of humor and information to the journey out and back.
• Submitted 05 Dec 2018
Rob was an excellent tour guide. He had a great sense of humor, and was very informative. The BBQ lunch was very nice. The scenery was fantastic. A great way to spend a day on the South Island of NZ
• Submitted 29 Oct 2018
This was one of the best tours i have joined so far. Our guide graham gave us really good insight about the area and made sure we stopped at the amazing sites.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2018
Some have said that the weather variables make for iffy trip. We experienced nothing but fabulous views for the entire trip. Our guide was so entertaining that we almost took our eyes off the scenery along the way. He was also a great cook and prepared our lunch at yet another scenic stop. We could have transported ourselves since we had a rental car, but are happy we didn't. A very relaxing and interesting trip that would have been a real effort without the tour guide.
• Submitted 07 Sep 2018
Fabulous tour with a small group in a large van. Our driver prepared a grilled picnic lunch along the way and also gave fabulous information as we travelled from Queenstown to Milford Sound. When we arrived at the Sound, our driver secured our tickets for the hour long boat ride among the fabulous fjords. Highly recommend taking this tour.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2018
I went on this tour in Oct. 2016, it was our first time visiting New Zealand. Our driver, Nigel, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I can not recommend this tour enough! Nigel taught us a lot on local history and the local wildlife and plants.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2018
Was such a great trip! The driver was extremely knowledgeable and so fun! He was very entertaining and was great about taking us to some stops that were not busy with tourists so we were able to get great photos! The lunch he brought was very tasty! The boat was also great! It was such beautiful scenery and you could either sit outside or inside if it was too cool. The driver even brought us up to some waterfalls and those at the front of the boat could stand under it! We also decide to take a helicopter ride back instead of the bus back per a recommendation from our driver and that flight was amazing!! Best decision of our lives! Worth every penny! The scenery you see from that flight is just amazing!
• Submitted 11 Jun 2018
Tour guide was VERY knowledgeable about the area. He was excellent at answering questions and having insight into areas he stopped at. BBQ was delicious.
• Submitted 23 May 2018

In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
13 hours


Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small group ensures personal service
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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