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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

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icon2 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a 3-deck vessel. This sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders takes you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.
  • Travel by coach through beautiful Fiordland National Park (if option selected)
  • Admire stunning landscapes and glacial scenery at one of the world’s most scenic locations
  • Spot New Zealand seals relaxing on the rocks
  • See the splash of waterfalls cascading from an ancient rainforest
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2-hour sightseeing cruise
Complimentary tea and coffee
Live commentary on board
Air Conditioned Coach (if coach tour selected)
Lunch, drinks and snacks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Milford Sound Visitor Centre (Terminal and Boat Harbour, 1 Milford Sound Highway, Milford 9679, New Zealand

If self driving to Milford Sound, check in for the cruise is 25 minutes before departure. The check in desk is on the right hand side as you enter the terminal. Please note that parking at Milford Sound is charged at $20 for 5 hours.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

The bus stop in the centre of Athol Street is the central pick up point for the coach tours from Queenstown. **There are other pick up locations available so please contact the local operator to confirm your pick up point and time**

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

63 Town Centre, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

The central pick up in Te Anau is the bus stop at Kiwi Country Cafe, Miro Street, Te Anau at 10:15am.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
For the cruise-only option step aboard the 3-deck vessel and enjoy a scenic cruise along the spectacular Milford Sound. Admire towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys. Feel the spray from the waterfalls that cascade from an ancient rain forest high in the mountains and look out for New Zealand fur seal colonies and dolphins swimming nearby.

Your scenic cruise meanders past Mitre Peak and as you navigate the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, let the scenery transport you back to a time of magical wilderness with its towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys.

Before your cruise takes you back to the bay, learn about the local flora and fauna and hear some fascinating history and Maori legends from your expert guide.

If you upgrade for an additional coach tour to Milford Sound, you’re picked up from the closest bus stop to your hotel in Queenstown. Take a journey through the Fiordland National Park, listening to informative narration about the stunning scenery, and stop along the way to take photographs and do some short nature walks. 

Discover the optical illusion of the Avenue of Disappearing Mountains, which seem to sink into the surrounding beech forest. View Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel, and snap photos of majestic Mt. Tutoko, Fiordland National Park’s highest and most glaciated peak.

After the cruise, relax on board the coach, whilst we take you back to your pick up location.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fiordland National Park
Join one of New Zealand's most stunning scenic drives along the Milford highway, through the Eglington Valley and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. If coach option is selected, our experienced driver guides will share their extensive local knowledge on the myths, legends, flora and fauna relating to their beautiful backyard. Numerous stops are made along the journey for those all important scenic photos, as well as opportunities for short nature walks, encountering native wildlife, stunning natural rain forest, and glacier carved Alpine vistas. Cross 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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Climb aboard a modern and spacious catamaran and immerse yourself in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Relax on our spacious viewing decks as you get up close and personal with luxuriant rain forests, cascading waterfalls and Fiordland's famous flora and fauna. The cruise travels the length of Milford Sound and out to 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. Our famously friendly skipper and crew are on hand to share their wealth of local secrets, assist in those all important photos, and to join you for a refreshing glacial shower underneath the pristine Stirling Falls!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please ensure that a car seat or suitable restraint is brought for all passengers 4 years and under travelling on the coach to ensure their safety and safety of others
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY JUCY Cruise Milford Sound
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour.

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  • "Great trip just a long bus journey, which can’t be helped." See review

Reviews

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star-5
We had the best...
Cristina_M
, Nov 2021
We had the best experience. From the coach ride to the cruise. Our coach rider was the best. The cruise staff were full of fun as well. That's just an addition to the magical sceneries.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Kia Ora Cristina, Thank you for joining our Coach & Cruise day tour to Milford Sound, and for sharing your wonderful feedback with us. We are thrilled to hear it was an amazing experience from start to finish. The journey is just as spectacular as the destination in this case, and combined with our super special staff, makes the day a "WOW'' from beginning to end! We really appreciate your kind support and hope to see you on your next adventure into Milford Sound! Best wishes, Kate
star-5
Wonderful cruise
Isabella_D
, Nov 2021
We had a wonderful time on the Milford Sound cruise - the operators showed us some wonderful sights and got very close to the waterfalls and wildlife. They also had great knowledge of the cliffs, glaciers and animals.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Kia Ora Isabella, Thanks for choosing us for your Milford Sound adventure and for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback. Awesome news that got to experience the very best of Milford's waterfalls, wildlife, history and local insight through our two hour cruise. Milford Sound is entirely different on every day, so we do hope you come back and join us again another time! Best wishes, Kate
star-5
Amazing, amazing amazing.
Margaret_D
, Dec 2020
Informative bus driver and boat skipper. Small group. Amazing scenery. Boat stoped often at interesting places, crew were amazing. Cheese board and wine to top it off.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Kia Ora Margaret, Thanks for choosing JUCY Cruise for your Milford Sound adventure and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Overall smaller numbers make for some very intimate and personalised tours with our famously friendly skipper, drivers and crew so we are thrilled you had such an enjoyable trip. It's hard to top that scenery with a glass of wine in hand and a cheeseboard to graze on too :-) We really appreciate your kind words, and would love to welcome you back to Milford again soon, Best wishes, Kate
star-5
Fantastic!!
Jewelia2711
, Nov 2020
A fantastic trip that everyone should make at least once in their life. Incredible scenery. Great guides too - Wayne was fantastic! Highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Kia Ora Jewelia, Thanks for joining our day trip with the wonderful Wayne, and for sharing this lovely 5* review. We absolutely agree that Milford Sound is a must see at least once in a life time, but once is never enough ;-) The stunning scenery changes by the minute - guaranteeing it to be different every time! We really appreciate your recommendation to others, and hope to welcome you to Milford Sound again, Best wishes, Kate
star-3
poor viator coordination
Dennis_G
, Mar 2020
the bus ride was long but interesting. saw sights we may have missed if we had driven ourselves had the road been open. I'm most critical of Viators poor handling of our trip arrangements. Viator never informed us out 0945 tour was cancelled. If the great people at Jucy counter hadn't informed us that we had been rebooked we would have never known. sorry but can't give Viator any thing more than a damn poor review. doubt we will use your company again and will warn family and friends.
star-4
AMAZING
Truedell_W
, Mar 2020
We decided to go on the coach and cruise tour,our driver and guide was great giving us history of the towns and places we drove through.It was a long day and if you have the chance I would fly back to Queenstown.Milford Sound is stunning and we had the sunshine all day.
star-5
Really everything
Linda_B
, Mar 2020
Absolutely loved the coach trip down with juicy coaches then the boat trip was unbelievable We chose the option to fly back home from Milford sounds with southern omg it was in readable
star-4
Milford Sounds
Lauren_S
, Feb 2020
Great trip just a long bus journey, which can’t be helped. Driver very knowledgeable and informative great photo stops along the way too.
star-5
Awesome Milford Sound
vburgsteden
, Jan 2020
We took our tour from Te Anau which made the travel time in the bus shorter. Our driver was great giving us stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery and lots of history. Cruise into Milford Sound was jaw dropping. A great day.
star-4
Lovely sights
Vivian Y
, Jan 2020
The bus tour included many stops to take pictures along the way and the cruise went through the beautiful Milford Sound. The included lunch was fairly unimpressive.

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