Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
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Admire the spectacular sights of Milford Sound on a scenic cruise! As you marvel at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, see dolphins, seals and penguins against a backdrop of cascading waterfalls and a lush rainforest. If you want to see more stunning scenery, take an optional bus tour from Queenstown or Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, stopping for short, guided walks and plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
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In Brief

Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
90 to 720 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Day trip (destination A to B)
Family friendly
Get up-close to native wildlife
Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Join what is one of New Zealand's most stunning scenic drives along the Milford highway, through the Eglington Valley and into Fiordland National Park.

Numerous stops are made for photos and short nature walks, encountering native wildlife, stunning natural rain forest, and glacier carved Alpine vistas.

Marvel at the Avenue of Disappearing Mountains, an optical illusion where the mountains appear to sink into the surrounding beech forest. Crossing the halfway point between the equator and the South Pole, see stunning views over Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel and descending into lush rainforest canyons. You will also see majestic views of Mt Tutoko, the highest and most glaciated peak in Fiordland National Park.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Come cruise magnificent Milford Sound with us aboard our modern catamaran, Maiden of Milford, and immerse yourself in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery!

Enjoy luxuriant rain forests and close up viewing of waterfalls and seals over 3 viewing decks (inside and out).

The cruise travels the length of Milford Sound and out into the Tasman Sea where we can show passengers why Captain Cook failed to discover Milford Sound after charting all the other fiords of Fiordland National Park.

During the cruise stops you'll see New Zealand Fur seals basking on rocks and feel the spray of towering waterfalls dropping into the fiord. Dolphins are seen from time to time when they visit the fiord but are not always present and during certain periods of the year the rare Fiordland Crest Penguin can be seen (August- early December).


Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Complimentary tea and hot water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Regular photo stops & nature walks to admire the scenery (if transport option selected)
  • Touring Coach for comfortable & relaxing travel (if transport option selected)
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Exclusions

  • Lunch, snacks, drinks, and coffee (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Selected hotels

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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

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

Super fun. Beautiful views!
• Submitted 04 Jun 2018
Beautiful area of the world. Long day of 12 hours on curvy roads but our driver kept good narration and lovely stops along the route to the sound. Other tours offered a small lunch box while on the cruise called High Tea. Our driver was able to find us two lunches when two others didn't make the trip. Viator should include this in their trip. A highlight of our 3 weeks in New Zealand. So glad we chose this tour.
• Submitted 10 Feb 2018
most stunning place on the planet
• Submitted 17 Dec 2017
We had a humorous, witty and knowledgeable driver/ tour guide from Jucy named Eric. He ensured everyone in the coach was comfortable throughout the day. Worth the journey to marvel at mother nature's beauty.
• Submitted 06 Oct 2017
Wow! What a world wonder! Is still as magnificent as I remembered 20years ago when I was here. This time I booked through aviator, A very organized company, the coach was very comfortable and on time and made many interesting stops, I especially have to mention if you are lucky enough to travel with driver/guide Karl, He is full of knowledge about the area, telling us in a very enthusiastically manner, made the 12 hour trip very enjoyable and not long at all.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
everything was great
• Submitted 18 Nov 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
This cruise is highly recommended and I would be glad to do it again. The drive to Milford Sound is very enjoyable too. You will need a warm jacket, preferably waterproof, and your camera.
• Submitted 26 Jun 2016
driver was very knowledgeable. whole trip very good. nice stops along the way.
• Submitted 05 May 2016
Great day out. After spending nearly a month travelling around NZ my sister rates this as the best day of our trip and we had many good days. This was my second trip to Milford Sound in the last couple of years and I really enjoyed it again.
• Submitted 04 May 2016
Coach collected us from outside our hotel. Unfortunately didn't drop us off there on our return but fairly centrally in town. Stopped at interesting places en route and for coffee stops etc. Not an easy drive so very pleased we chose this trip. Driver was full of fascinating facts and information. Milford sound was magnificent! Kept to time and was a most enjoyable day trip.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2016
Trustful and flexible. Customer service is very friendly
• Submitted 09 Mar 2016
I was a bit scared to go on this because I don't travel very well on water but I had such a good time and the spins were the BEST.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016
Booking was just for the Jucy Cruise of Milford Sounds. Was an excellent experience. Good commentary picked ot the important things to inform us, did not ramble on boat came in close to scenic features, eg waterfall, seals etc. Boat was not too crowded, so made it easy to move aroundto get good photos. Excellent value
• Submitted 17 Feb 2016
This was a long, all day tour, but well worth it. The day started out very cold and rainy, but it didn't detract from the beauty of the scenery. Shelly was a wonderful driver and tour guide, and our trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound was filled with great information and beautiful views. There were several stops for photos, as well as for food and souvenir shopping. Once we arrived at Milford Sound for the boat ride, the skies cleared and we had beautiful weather. It was absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth the time. On the bus ride back we watched a good movie based on a real guy from New Zealand. Since it was summer and got dark late, we were able to see more beautiful scenery on the return trip and watch the sun set. Don't miss this!
• Submitted 08 Feb 2016
Fantastic! Driver was really good at local knowledge. Long trip but well worth it!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2016
It's amazing experience with lots of fabulous picturious views and unbelievable Godssculptures
• Submitted 18 Dec 2015
We just took the cruise, weather was very kind to us, scenery is just amazing. Very beautiful part of the world.
• Submitted 15 Dec 2015
Must do in New Zealand, not just Queenstown. We lucked out with spectacular weather, so we got to make all the scenic stops along the way. We also opted for the small plane to fly us home. It was expensive but worth every cent. Stunning views! We especially loved seeing the sights from multiple angles. Book it!
• Submitted 18 Nov 2015
beautiful!!
• Submitted 10 Jun 2015
Fabulous tour. Tour guide very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 10 Jun 2015
It rained on the day we did this trip, however it did not spoil our day, in fact if anything it enhanced it, we even had dolphins hitch a ride on the bow wave of the boat, magical. The staff were great and nothing was too much trouble
• Submitted 18 May 2015
great tour!
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
very good value for money The driver and guide was full of knowledge Would recommend Jucy to everyone
• Submitted 27 Mar 2015

In Brief

Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
90 to 720 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Day trip (destination A to B)
Family friendly
Get up-close to native wildlife
Informative, friendly and professional guide

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