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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

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Cruise Milford Sound from Te Anau during this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. See the crown jewel of New Zealand’s South Island by luxury coach, stopping en route at the Mirror Lakes before boarding a cruise on luxurious catamaran journey past waterfalls and steep-walled pinnacles such as famous Mitre Peak.
  • Visit the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park and see the beauty of Milford Sound on this full-day tour from Te Anau
  • See stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes
  • View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound, which sits at 5,550 feet above sea level.
  • Experience The Chasm on a short but impressive walk over footbridges and see a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls, and rapids
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1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
Local guide
Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified
Kiwi Country , 63 Town Centre, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
10:20 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Board your panoramic coach upon hotel pickup in Te Anau, referred to as the ‘Gateway to Fiordland.’ Your full-day tour includes a majestic Milford Sound cruise within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. 

En route to the fiord, your driver-guide motors past the ancient beech forest of the Eglington Valley, pausing at the Mirror Lakes for a leg stretch and photo op. Continuing on through the Upper Hollyford Valley, you’ll be mesmerized by Christie Falls before entering the Homer Tunnel, drilled through the solid mountain rock. 

Brace yourself for the grandeur of the Cleddau Valley, where you’ll follow a footbridge over the Cleddau River to the Chasm to view the river’s turbulent whirlpools before descending into Milford Sound.

From your cruise boat, indulge in the splendor of your surroundings as you glide past waterfalls that splash down vertical, glacier-carved rock walls. Hear commentary about natural wonders such as the postcard-perfect Mitre Peak, which rises 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) from the water. Don’t miss the wildlife such as New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and the rare Fiordland penguin. 

Gourmet buffet lunch is included on board the cruise, before you re-board your coach for the return journey to Te Anau.
Stop At:  
Lake Te Anau
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: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monkey Creek
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirror Lakes Walk
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: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Homer Tunnel
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:  
Milford sound Hwy
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: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GreatSights
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.
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau?
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 Full-Day Tour from Te Anau.

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  • "Given that lunch wasn't available till 2pm I'd recommend bringing your own lunch." See review
  • "Get on this tour from Te Anau rather than Queenstown" See review
  • "The hotel rooms are cheaper than Queenstown, the drive to Milford Sound is almost 2 hours shorter than the Queenstown, and there's a range of shops, restaurants, and activities to keep you occupied" See review


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Once in a life time
, Apr 2022
This was an absolutely amazing experience, worth every penny ❤️ Beautiful waterfalls amazing to see so many beautiful dolphins, the cruise was great amazing skipper and crew, and the bus ride there was also amazing a great tour guide/bus driver, very funny and stopping to show us some awesome sights and scenery, I would recommend this experience to everyone , thank you for such a wonderful day
awesome life experience
, Oct 2021
Seeing a whale was definitely the highlight of the trip but the whole tour was a magnificent experience and should be on everyone's bucket list.
Review for Paulie
, Aug 2021
Paulie was very knowledgeable and friendly. Made the experience 100x better. We were very impressed.
Great tour to Milford.
, Feb 2021
We were delighted with the bus driver who gave us an enjoyable tour to and from Milford Sound. It was very interesting. We also loved the catamaran ride through Milford Sound. The Captain chatted with us throughout the tour. It was a sunny day. Gorgeous!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Kia Ora Gail, Thank you for your 5 star review of your trip with us to Milford Sound. Having a sunny day makes the scenery all that more stunning! Cheers, Anna and the GreatSights team.
, Feb 2021
The cruise, the sightseeing. The easy way it all happened.. Very good driver who too wonderful care of us. Brilliant. We loved every minute.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Kia Ora Lynley, Thank you for the 10/10 review of your tour to Milford Sound with us! Cheers, Anna and the team at GreatSights
A great day out
, Feb 2021
The wonderful sights, stops with time to take photos. The trip on a whole was wonderful from start to finish.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Kia Ora Patrick, Thank you for your 5 star review of your time with us on our Full-Day tour to Milford Sound. We are glad you had a great day out! Cheers, Anna and the GreatSights team
Some of the most beautiful sights we've seen anywhere!
, Apr 2020
This is a very worthwhile tour experience. The motor coach had a very capable driver, especially on some very 'hairy' roads! The boat tour itself was wonderful and especially so because it was a picture perfect day! The buffet lunch was better than just good and there was lots to choose from.
Milford Sound Coach and Cruise
, Mar 2020
The coach tour guide was happy to share knowledge of the area and we liked his anecdotes too! The boat tour was great and we enjoyed the buffet very much as it had many types of food to select. Especially liked seeing the seals and going up to the Stirling Falls and getting sprayed! And the weather cooperated at Milford Sound with blue sky!
Great experience
, Feb 2020
Excellent, well-organised tour that always kept us in the loop about possible itinerary changes (given the recent flooding). The bus tour guide/driver was incredibly informative and enthusiastic throughout. The cruise itself was wonderful as we got to go up close to a couple of waterfalls in one of the most picturesque fiords in the world. Would highly recommend.
Te Anau to Milford Sound by coach
, Feb 2020
A bit chaotic pick up, 3 coaches from same company but nobody knew which coach they should be on. We left 30 minutes late. However once on our way the Argentinian driver gave us a fun & informative running commentary. The road to Milford Sound has only just been reopened to tour operators (but not private vehicles) hence the busyness with the coaches. Because the road is still being repaired we were unable to stop at a few of the beauty spots they would normally do. The boat tour was a good 1 & half hours with a good varied lunch offered. All very efficient. All though a long day trip it was well worth it.
Milford sound
, Jan 2020
The coach driver was excellent; he was very knowledgeable informative and personable. The Jucy cruise was great; theSkipper was also informative and personable. The buffet lunch was very good. Going on the coach was much more relaxing than self drive.
Spectacular scenery but use a small company instead
, Jan 2020
This was a great experience in one of the world's most beautiful places. We'd definitely recommend seeing the Milford Sound area via motorcoach so that you are free to view the incredible scenery without the stress of driving. We do have some comments however about the day: The check-in process was a goat rodeo. There were a dozen motorcoaches and NO ONE to oversee boardings or provide directions in how to identify which bus was ours. (The "information desk" had a "back in 20 minutes" sign posted the entire 30 minutes prior to departure!! So no available staff at the Te Anau pickup location.) There were dozens of folks all trying to figure out which bus was theirs.... It was laughable. The tour guide provided some interesting narrative and was quite personable. But compared to a different tour we experienced the following day, this narration was not nearly as detailed or broad as it could have been for this rich location. No narration on the return trip, only one-way. The buffet lunch on the Jucy boat was wretched. (Do NOT pay for this!!). It was minimal, lukewarm, tasteless and almost disgusting. Given that lunch wasn't available till 2pm I'd recommend bringing your own lunch. We would recommend taking a smaller coach and more locally-based naturalist tour of Milford Sound. If you're only going to do it once, avoid the big motorcoaches which only cater to mass movement of crowds.
, Jan 2020
Very informative ,lovely bus driver that even though was late through no fault of his own was upbeat and helpful.Cruise on Milford sound was great .Food not so much .Drive back had some dramas as Homer Tunnel closed for 4 hrs due car fire but again our bus driver was extremely professional and helpful.
Milford sound
Ross L
, Sep 2019
The coach ride was fabulous and the boat ride was spectacular. Get on this tour from Te Anau rather than Queenstown
Easy day out, sit and look
, Aug 2019
Pick up at Te Anau on time. Joined big bus, John the driver was very informative along the way. Glass roof was great to see top of mountain. Boat wasn’t over crowded. Thought food was ok, others must have thought great as back for seconds. Long day 9.45-5.30. Very enjoyable
Great day trip!
Jami N
, Jul 2019
A van picked us up at our hotel in Te Anau and took us to the town center (3 minute ride) to meet the bus tour. The driver/guide was great, giving us enough info to make the trip interesting without talking forever. We stopped a couple of times on the way to Milford for a photo op and a short walk. the boat trip was great, riding out through the sound, viewing and getting sprayed by the waterfalls, seeing the seals sunning on the rocks, and talking with a couple of American crew members. the buffet lunch on board was good, with alcohol for purchase. I highly recommend staying in Te Anau for this trip. The hotel rooms are cheaper than Queenstown, the drive to Milford Sound is almost 2 hours shorter than the Queenstown, and there's a range of shops, restaurants, and activities to keep you occupied
Fantastic day trip. Even though it...
Denise A
, Mar 2018
Fantastic day trip. Even though it rained the benefit was the extra waterfalls created on the mountains.
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Great day trip, but the weather was...
, Mar 2018
Great day trip, but the weather was not good. Enjoyed the stop at mirror lake and the falls. Our trip was spoilt as the coach driver/tour guide picked us up in Te Anau with an already coach load from Queenstown, and forgot to give us our boat tokens. We were therefore refused entry onto the boat for our cruise and had to track him down to assist. We did manage to go on a different much larger boat, not what we had booked. The buffet on the boat was ok but nothing special.
Awesome tour. Coach trip to Milford...
Christina M
, Mar 2018
Awesome tour. Coach trip to Milford was most interesting with great stops. Boat was clean and spacious and easy to move around. Lunch on board delicious. Milford Sound was beyond awesome. A wonderful day out.
We were picked up from our campsite...
patricia s
, Nov 2017
We were picked up from our campsite at Te Anau and dropped in town. There we were transferred to a coach. The driver stopped at various places on the way to Milford Sound. The scenery was spectacular all the way. When we arrived at Milford Sound we climbed aboard a boat. The trip out on the water was fabulous and although it rained and was misty I loved every moment. Well worth doing

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