Milford Sound Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown
Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Te Anau to Queenstown. Travel through the beautiful Fiordland National Park and be mesmerized by the grandeur of this region.
What's included :
- Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
- Lunch - Buffet lunch
- Live commentary on board
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand
o 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: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand
o 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
o 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
o 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
Stop At: Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand
o 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, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
o 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
o 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
Departure Point :2 Miro St, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
Please check in with Supplier the pick up times from hotels at least 24-48 hours prior to travel.
Departure Time :10:15 AM
Return Detail :Athol Street, Athol St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Hotel Pickup :
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- 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
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.