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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown

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Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown
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icon13 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu—New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau—the South Island’s the largest lake.
  • Full-day small-group tour to Milford Sound with sightseeing cruise, from Queenstown
  • Snap photos and take optional walks during scenic stops along the route
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on board the boat
  • A small group ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Altitude Tours were a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 2021. In 2020 they won the Trip Advisor Best of The Best Award.
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Hotel pick-up from select Queenstown based accommodations
2-Hour nature cruise on Milford Sound
Knowledgable and friendly local driver/guides
Off-the-beaten track scenic photo stops en route
Lunch
WiFi on board
Bottled water
Gratuities
Additional Snacks (we provide lunch, but it is a long day)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Marmolada Cafe , 43 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Please meet at the wooden benches outside the Station Building on Camp Street

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7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Additional Pick ups: - Fernhill Hotels (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 the Station Building, crn Shotover & Camp st) - Upper Stanley Street Bus Stop, Stanley St (For Heartland Hotel, Blue Peaks, Caples Court, Four Seasons, Holiday Inn 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 your departure location and time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring walking shoes, warm clothes and rain jacket
  • Please be aware that this is a full day excursion (up to 13 hours) due to road distances and sightseeing stops.
  • Minimum numbers of 6 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A packed picnic lunch is included and you have a choice between chicken, beef and vegetarian. You have until 5pm the day prior to confirm your choice. The default lunch selection is chicken.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Altitude Tours Milford Sound Experience
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.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small Group, Award Winning, Full Day Milford Sound Experience from Queenstown.

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Traveler Tips


  • "While a long day this is an iconic New Zealand outing that should not be missed, pack a snack for the way home," See review
  • "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." See review
  • "Milford Sound is a must-see, but be prepared for 80% of your day to be consumed by driving." See review

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Great tour!
Ipestic
, Aug 2022
The day to Milford sound was great. The driver Andy was very professional. He was prompt and accommated to all our needs. It was very interesting and the scenery was beautiful! Worth it and would recommend.
star-5
Wonderful trip, would and already have recommended to friends.
Nahed_E
, Aug 2022
The drive down was just as beautiful as the sound, especially as we had a cheeky Kea come and say hello to us. Our driver Graeme was fantastic and very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much for the recommendation and review! How lucky to see a cheeky kea! So pleased you enjoyed the day with Graham :)
star-5
Andy the man
Alex_M
, Jul 2022
Andy was the best, giving all of us an insight to his years of experience and education about Milford Sound and New Zealand.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, glad you enjoyed your tour with Andy and the experience in Milford Sound!
star-5
Great adventure
Ingrid_C
, Jul 2022
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour to Milford Sound. Incredibly beautiful place. What made it so much more entertaining was the driver Roland's interesting banter and incredible knowledge. Our picnic lunch pack was generous and delicious and we had a number of stops along the way to get coffees and food . On the way back the weather turned nasty with snow fall, high winds, pelting rain and thunder. It made for an adventurous day and we felt very safe with Roland driving.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for choosing Altitude Tours for your trip to Milford Sound. Wonderful to hear you enjoyed the tour and your day with Roland and that he made you feel safe throughout the journey!
star-5
Worth doing
GanendraRajK
, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience. Andy the driver was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for choosing Altitude Tours for your trip to Milford Sound, we're so pleased to hear you had a fantastic day with Andy :)
star-5
Awesome day, thanks also to Roland, our guide.
Hajnalka_M
, Jun 2022
Awesome day, long drive but worth it, national park is fantastic, Fiordland is breath taking, 2 hours boat cruise gave us plenty opportunities to admire and respect Mather Nature. Roland, our very skilled guide and a deeply caring driver made the day even more memorable with the stories and knowledge he shared, so a big thanks for that too. This was my second time in Milford Sounds, both with Altitude and I recommend both the tour and operator.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour to Milford Sound & Fiordland. Wonderful to hear Roland was a great driver for you!
star-5
Wonderful full day
Chris_M
, Jun 2022
Tania was incredible! Super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. I will definitely book again if I return
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for choosing Altitude Tours for your trip to Milford Sound! We're so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic trip with Tania and we hope to host you again if you return :)
star-5
A great experience! Engaging tour guide
Andy_Y
, May 2022
Mike was engaging and made sure everybody felt comfortable. My highlight was not only Milford Sound but the numerous photo stops along the way. In particular, filling up my bottle at Monkey Creek - pure alpine freshness down the stream.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for choosing Altitude Tours for your trip to Milford Sound, we're so pleased to hear you had a fantastic day and enjoyed all the beautiful scenic stops and of course that beautiful fresh water!
star-5
What a trip to Milfort Sound - a Must!
YinChow_L
, May 2022
This small group trip was one of the best tours we ever had in New Zealand, especially our tour guide cum van operator was such an amazing person that brought much joy & information to us. Thanks again for organizing such a sweet & short (total about 13 hrs) trip!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for choosing Altitude Tours for your trip to Milford Sound! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with your guide and that they made the trip excellent for you!
star-5
Fantastic
Bryan_O
, Apr 2022
We thought the hole experience great from views and commentary by our guide Tania made our experience awesome
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're so pleased you had a fantastic day out with Tania :)
star-5
Thanks to our tour guide...
Deepak_K
, Jan 2022
Thanks to our tour guide Andy. Amazing trip . Family enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely come back for another experience.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for choosing Altitude Tours, we're so pleased you had fantastic day out with Andy and hope to welcome you back again one day!
star-5
A tour of the magnificent national park and fjord to the accompaniment of classic Kiwi humour
Venkatraman_B
, Dec 2021
Tania enabled a wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable trip to the fjord with a humorous and knowledgeable account of the awe inspiring scenery , peppered with personal accounts of the features on the journey. The drive through the national park is as good as the boat trip through the fjord. The pick up and drop off were bang on time and everything was as advertised and expected by us. The vegetarian meal we had asked for was excellent. We would heartily recommend this experience. Remember to pack a jacket , even if it is summer.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, wonderful that you had a great day out with Tania and enjoyed her personal accounts of her favourite place!
star-5
A superb day.
Hajnalka_M
, Dec 2021
A superb day. Long drive, but in such a beautiful landscape with so many interesting things to see and experience, that you forget about tiredness. The boat cruise in the Sound was also a unique experience, breath taking views and being lucky to observe seals and then seeing dusky dolphins jumping and playing around, was an absolute bonus. Our guide, Graham, was amazing, sharing his experience and knowledge made the day complete and unforgettable.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you so much for choosing Altitude Tours for your trip to Milford Sound! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience and the stunning views and that Graham was a great informative guide for you!
star-5
The Magic Bus
Michael_Z
, Oct 2021
The whole day experience was further enhanced by our driver. Roland was superb, knowledgeable and helpful. Also, our fellow tourists made this the happiest bus on the road. Loads of fun and laughter.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, how wonderful to hear that you had a great day out and had a great group of people on your trip, always makes it extra fun!
star-5
An amazing day!
Tsoline_M
, Jun 2021
An incredible day all round!! The tour guide Andy was especially a stand out. He was fun, knowledgeable, easy going and made the experience very memorable. It was obvious that he absolutely loves New Zealand/Queenstown and it was infectious.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for choosing Altitude Tours. We're so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Milford Sound with Andy!
star-5
Brilliant!
Paul_E
, Jun 2021
Andy was a fantastic host and made the day really enjoyable. Loved the Milford Sound cruise! The lunch was also really good.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your great review and for choosing Altitude Tours. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your day with Andy and loved the cruise!
star-5
A wonderful day with magnificent views
Elie_A
, Jun 2021
A wonderful trip with a great guide and driver. It was comfortable and the views along the journey were magnificent.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Milford Sound day trip. It is great to hear you enjoyed our experience and our guide.
star-5
A long trip but a nice trip
Lu_G
, Jun 2021
We had a great day in Milford sound. The trip was lovely and Andy is such a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful guide. I will definitely recommend to my friend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It is great to hear you enjoyed your out to Milford Sound with Andy. Thank you for your recommendation - we hope to see you back here in Queenstown again one day.
star-4
Majestic
Peter_M
, Apr 2021
Fantastic weather for the cruise on Milford sound, majestic grandeur and very comfortable boat, bus trip quite long and arduous and for that reason we flew back from Milford sound to Queenstown. Bus driver was excellent and very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Glad you had a great time, you truly got the best of what Fiordland has to offer!!
star-5
Day 2 in Queenstown - must do
Pierre_M
, Mar 2021
On time. What we wanted. Guide with courtesy. Well taken care of - just focus on what we wanted to see and do - forget the rest ! What more do you want ?
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks so much for your review!! We are glad you had a great time out with us.

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