Tours in Milford Sound, New Zealand, whether cruising, flying, or travelling by road, are dominated by stunning scenery. Many of these tours depart from Queenstown.
SIGHTSEEING AND ACTIVITY TOURS IN MILFORD SOUND
Join this tour for an uncrowded boutique small boat cruise on Milford Sound. With limited passenger numbers, comfortable luxury lounge style seating, and superb customer service, a memorable experience is guaranteed. The smaller vessel gets you closer to local wildlife like seals, dolphins and penguins.
FULL DAY MILFORD SOUND HIKING TOUR WITH CRUISE
Enjoy a relaxed, small group day excursion to Milford Sound, including a nature boat cruise along the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Then, you can select either a series of short walks and exploration with a local nature guide, or 2 1/2 hours hiking (unguided) on the renowned Routeburn Great Walk to Key Summit.
MOUNT COOK AND SOUTHERN ALPS DISCOVERY WITH OPTIONAL MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
Mount Cook scenic flights take the hard work out of discovery. At 3,754 metres, Aoraki Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Combine this with a glacier landing, the rugged West Coast and Milford Sound to have the ultimate Southern Alps Discovery.
2-HOUR MILFORD SOUND HELICOPTER TOUR INCLUDING GLACIER LANDING: FROM WANAKA
Enjoy the spectacular scenic flight over Milford Sound on this extensive flight from Wanaka. Cross the remote Harris and Darran Mountain Ranges of lower South Island with their rocky peaks and deep valleys.
Fly over and land at Milford Sound with it’s stunning waterfalls and wildlife. Return via the Tutoko Plateau and spectacular Southern Alps landing on the Isobel Glacier before returning above the braided Matukituki River.
FULL DAY EXTRAORDINAIRE TOUR: FROM TE ANAU
This full-day Milford Sound extraordinaire tour from Te Anau will have you travelling along the spectacular Milford Road.
With fun commentary and a lot of local knowledge provided you will have an opportunity to see keas, seals, dolphins and the Fiordland crested penguin.
Visit the historical Gunns Camp and enjoy an amazing morning tea that includes wonderful date scones, tea, coffee and biscuits, chocolates and fruit juice. Experience an amazing 20-minute walk to the Chasm. You will have the chance to do the most spectacular 30-minute walk to Milford Sound. It is the Marian Cascade which is a continuous cascading waterfall draining from a glacier fed lake. Your extraordinary day will be topped off with a 2-hour cruise on the famous Milford Sound.
3-HOUR MIGHTY MILFORD SOUND SCENIC FLIGHT: FROM WANAKA
This extensive 3-hour small group helicopter tour takes in the highlights of Mt Aspiring and the Fiordland National Parks. You will visit remote mountain ranges with deep valleys carved by ice, experiencing the diversity of the Southern Alps with their extensive ice plateaus, the temperate rainforests of Fiordland and Milford Sound, and the wild and rugged West Coast.
See Mt aspiring up close, this is the highest mountain in New Zealand outside of the Mt Cook National Park.
MILFORD SOUND FULL DAY TOUR: FROM QUEENSTOWN
Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You’ll travel through beautiful Fiordland in a luxury coach with panoramic windows and take an unforgettable scenic cruise on majestic Milford Sound.
MILFORD SOUND FULL DAY TOUR INCLUDING SCENIC FLIGHT: FROM QUEENSTOWN
Experience the wonderful and breathtaking Milford Sound from the land, sea and sky on this exciting full-day tour from Queenstown. See the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory – surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.
MILFORD SOUND HELICOPTER TOUR: FROM QUEENSTOWN
Soar over captivating Milford Sound on a 1.5-hour helicopter flight from Queenstown. You’ll fly over New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery, from secluded alpine lakes and rugged mountain peaks to lush rainforest and bush-lined valleys.
MILFORD SOUND MARINER OVERNIGHT CRUISE: FROM QUEENSTOWN
An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner, cruise the length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea, before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove.
As you board your luxury coach in Queenstown you can enjoy a relaxing 5-hour trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. Stopping in Te Anau for a short lunch break before we continue along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for a photo stop and short walks along the way.
MILFORD SOUND FULL DAY TOUR INCLUDING HELICOPTER FLIGHT: FROM QUEENSTOWN
Treat yourself to the ultimate Milford Sound experience on this day trip from Queenstown.
This tour allows you to see this world-famous fiord region by land, sea and air. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the alpine landscapes of the ‘Milford Road’; take a 2-hour cruise along the full length of Milford Sound to see its legendary natural scenery and wildlife; and end the day with a thrilling helicopter flight over the sound, Mt Tutoko and Lake Wakatipu. You’ll also learn a lot about the area from your knowledgeable driver/guide.
MILFORD SOUND CRUISE AND OPTIONAL COACH TOUR
Admire the spectacular sights of Milford Sound on a scenic cruise!
As you marvel at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, see dolphins, seals and penguins against a backdrop of cascading waterfalls and a lush rainforest. If you want to see more stunning scenery, take an optional coach tour from Queenstown or Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, stopping for short, guided walks and plenty of great photo opportunities along the way.
HALF DAY MILFORD TRACK GUIDED HIKING TOUR
Experience a morning guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. From Milford Sound the track is accessed by water taxi, and follows the mighty Arthur River through lush, temperate rainforest to Giants Gate, a most photographed and spectacular waterfall. This walk is suitable for all skill levels.
FULL DAY MILFORD SOUND AND FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK TOUR WITH CRUISE AND BBQ LUNCH: FROM TE ANAU
Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand. Located in 3 million acres of the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a must-see for any traveller.
Magnificent untouched native forests and bush, pristine waterways and lakes, glacier and high peaks. After departing Te Anau the scenery really begins as you are driven along the lake. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island. Upon entering the Fiordland National Park, you will travel up alongside the Eglington River to three mountain lakes at the head of the Eglington Valley.
We make the fist of many sightseeing stops that also allow for great photo opportunities. You have a couple of different locations for lunch. We will endeavour to select the best spot on the day. There are fantastic walks in the area and this is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful alpine beech forest up close.
MILFORD SOUND NATURE CRUISE: FROM MILFORD SOUND, QUEENSTOWN OR TE ANAU
An extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea on the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer designed for the free, independent traveller.
Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow guests to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend up to two and a half hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from our specialist Nature Guide who mingles with guests. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins.
MILFORD SOUND NATURE CRUISE
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound during a boat cruise led by a naturalist guide.
On board a smaller vessel than typical Milford Sound cruises, enjoy indoor and outdoor observation decks that provide fantastic photo ops of this South Island natural wonder inside New Zealand’s World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water longer than most tours, get close to waterfalls and other natural features that give the sound its nickname, the Eighth Wonder of the World.
MILFORD SOUND SCENIC FLIGHT AND NATURE CRUISE: FROM QUEENSTOWN
See Milford Sound by air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown that includes a round-trip flight and a boat tour through the Sound. Enjoy spectacular views as you fly over the breathtaking landscape of Fiordland National Park.
Then, land in Milford Sound and board your boat to explore the scenic waterways of this World Heritage–listed region. Experienced naturalists and your pilot share informative commentary about the geology and wildlife of Milford Sound throughout this once-in-a-lifetime journey to one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders.
MILFORD SOUND CRUISE WITH OPTIONAL KAYAK TOUR
Experience the majesty of Milford Sound on a boat cruise that stops at the Milford Sound Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. The smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering better viewing and more time on the water than other tours. Look directly into the waters of the Sound from New Zealand’s only underwater observatory. Expert naturalists share informative commentary throughout your tour.
Include a small-group kayak trip to paddle along Milford Sound, one of Earth’s most magnificent locations!
MILFORD SOUND SIGHTSEEING CRUISE WITH OPTIONAL LUNCH
Towering peaks and cascading waterfalls – this has to be the spectacular Milford Sound. Described as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’, this leisurely cruise will take you past the incredible Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point. See marine life in their natural environment as you discover the magic of this deep fiord.
MILFORD SOUND MARINER OVERNIGHT CRUISE
An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience that you should not miss. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea, before anchoring for the night in the sheltered Harrison Cove.