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Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with Picnic Lunch

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Enjoy a more intimate Milford Sound experience from Queenstown. Depart later, explore the Milford Road on a comfortable, glass-roof smaller coach and discover the Fiord on a small boat nature cruise. Visit the Underwater Observatory and savor a complimentary, freshly packed Picnic Lunch.

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island

Set off on a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoy a more intimate experience of Milford Sound. Discover the native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains of the fiord on an intimate cruise on a smaller boat. 

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

Arrive at Milford Sound and join a Nature Cruise on our smallest boat with fewer people. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and right up close to Stirling Falls. Specialist nature guides will share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary. Enjoy a freshly prepared picnic lunch. 

• Travel on a premium glass-roof coach, equipped with reclining seats, extra legroom, air-conditioning. Low emission and brand new fleet.
• FREE WiFi, USB charging ports and onboard toilet
• Experienced, local coach drivers provide engaging and informative commentary, and show you the best short walks and photo stops along the Milford Road
• Headset commentary available in several languages, please request preferred language at time of booking
• Coach connects with our Milford Sound Nature Cruise for a 2 hour cruise of Milford Sound in MILFORD SOUND'S MOST INTIMATE, SMALL BOAT NATURE CRUISE
• Specialist nature guide on board provides entertaining and informative commentary
• Freshly packed Picnic Lunch is included
• FREE tea and coffee
• Complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop off from central Queenstown Accommodation


Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island

Te Anau is a beautiful town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known as a gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. The region is home to endangered, flightless takahē birds and abundant trout in Lake Te Anau. Enjoy a short break here on your way to Milford Sound, in order to break up the journey, grab a coffee, and stretch your legs.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

This beautiful valley is glaciated with steep sides and a flat floor. It's between half a kilometre to two kilometres wide and has a shingle riverbed floor, which is constantly being changed by the Eglinton River. This is an incredible stop you will make as apart of your journey to Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island

Journey through spectacular landscapes as your experienced, local coach driver provides engaging and informative commentary. Take in some of the best photo stops and short walks on the road to Milford Sound.

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

Enjoy a stroll among small lakes with stunning reflections of the Earl Mountains, should weather be permissive on the day. This is an easy, short walk off the Milford Road.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Knobs Flat 9679, New Zealand

Interpretation panels show the effect of avalanches on the Milford Road and provide information on the wildlife of the Eglinton Valley. Visitor amenities include toilets and a telephone (card payment only).

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Lake Gunn, State Highway 94, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Lake Gunn is a strikingly beautiful lake in the South Island of New Zealand.

Stop At: Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand

Take in great views of the upper Hollyford Valley while you fill up your water bottle from this glacier fed spring. Friendly Keas (a New Zealand alpine parrot) love this area so it's a great stop for some kea spotting.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

At an altitude of 945 metres above sea level and 1.2 kilometres in length, the unlined road tunnel allows access through sheer rock to Milford Sound with a gradient of 1 in 10. Completed in 1953, traffic lights control the traffic flow through the tunnel. An incredible part of your journey along the Milford Road.

Pass By: Cleddau River, Southland 9679, New Zealand

The Cleddau River is a beautiful river of New Zealand. It flows into the head of Milford Sound. You'll see many parts of this river as you journey along the Milford Sound road.

Stop At: The Chasm Walk, Milford Road State Highway 94 , Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Should weather and time permit, enjoy a short walk here as a part of your Milford Sound day trip with Southern Discoveries. Dramatic views of a rock chasm and waterfalls formed by the rushing waters of the Cleddau River. This is an easy walk along a well maintained trail and is approximately 20 minutes in length.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Southland 9679, New Zealand

Mitre Peak is a beautifully dramatic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand, located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed mountain peaks in the entire country.

Pass By: Stirling Falls, Milford Sound New Zealand

Milford’s second-highest waterfall is the Stirling Falls, a staggering 151m in height – three times the height of Niagara Falls, but the 1,300m mountain behind displaces this incredible height. This is the famous waterfall that Hugh Jackman ‘jumped off’ in the movie Wolverine. The sheer drop of the Stirling Falls allows boats to get right underneath – it’s an incredible feeling to have the power of 151m worth of glacial water falling so close to you.

Stop At: Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Milford Wharf Harrison Cove, Milford Sound New Zealand

Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New Zealand

The permanent Lady Bowen Falls is Milford’s highest waterfall at 162m. Not only breathtakingly beautiful, without it Milford Sound couldn’t operate; with it being their sole source of power and water. She quadruples in volume during Milford’s epic storms – one of the best ways to truly enjoy the falls is to stand on the foreshore to feel the spray.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent advisable
  • PLEASE NOTE: Children must be in a double kayak with a parent or guardian
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 travelers
Inclusions
  • Return transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound on premium glass-roof coach
  • FREE WiFi (limit 75MB), USB charging ports on board coach
  • Informative commentary provided by local coach driver, commentaries available in several languages
  • Specialist nature guide providing informative commentary on board cruise
  • Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch with coffee and tea
  • Visit to Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Accommodation pick-up and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory


Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


Departure Point
110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Departs Queenstown daily at 8:00am (check in 15 minutes prior to departure) 

Hotel Pickups available from central Queenstown accommodation - Please contact our reservations team to arrange a pick-up at least 24-hours prior to the departure time.



Departure Time
8:00 AM

Duration
13 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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