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Milford Sound Private Tour with Boat Cruise – Full Day

Duration: Full Day
Time: 7:15am to 6:45pm
Hotel transfers and a private guide
Additional: Milford Sound boat cruise and picnic lunch
Optional: Fly back from Milford Sound to Queenstown by helicopter or small plane

Milford Sound Private Tour with Boat Cruise – Full Day

Immerse yourself in the towering waterfalls, ancient peaks and vast wilderness of Milford Sound. This full day experience ventures deep into the “Eighth Wonder of the World” as we explore the magnificent sheer cliffs and shimmering waters of this world-renowned fiord.

Your personal local guide will pick you up and whisk you away in the comfort of your Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van. Enjoy constantly evolving landscapes from windswept alpine plains and turquoise lakes to vast mountain peaks and lovely lakeside towns. Skip the crowds and never miss a photo opportunity with the flexibility to stop, jump out of the car and breathe in the crisp mountain air wherever and whenever you like.

Highlights along the way include the crystal-clear Lake Te Anau, vast wildflower-filled plains of the Eglinton Valley, picturesque Lake Marian and Mirror Lakes, the engineering feat that is the 1270m long Homer Tunnel and thunderous waterfalls at Chasm Creek.

We take to the water for a scenic 1 hour 45-minute boat cruise to marvel at towering cliffs and peaks – including the iconic Mitre Peak that rises more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Get up close to cascading waterfalls and vibrant rainforest, and keep an eye out for New Zealand wildlife including fur seals, dolphins or yellow crested penguins.

To ensure the most authentic experience, we travel with one of the best small boat operators in Milford Sound. This guarantees an uncrowded, comfortable cruise that enables you to get closer to nature’s wonders.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Milford Sound experience, you can choose to fly back to Queenstown by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft and take in the grandeur of this outstanding natural landscape from above.

Our local personal guides love to tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Get in touch to customise your Milford Sound Tour and make your Queenstown adventure one to remember.


Scenic Flight Options – Milford Sound to Queenstown 

If you would like to save yourself some time driving back (it’s about 4 hours each way between Queenstown and Milford Sound) and experience the best of both worlds, I can arrange a scenic flight back to Queenstown for you in a helicopter or small plane which will have you back at your hotel at approximately 4pm.

About Milford Sound

Milford Sound is one of the most well-known New Zealand attractions for good reason. It sits deeply within Fiordland National Park, which is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site on the remote southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Technically a fiord that stretches approximately 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea, it’s the only fiord in the country that can be accessed by road. When most people think of Milford Sound, they picture Mitre Peak, a picture-perfect icon that rises sharply and towers 1,692 metres above sea level.

Milford Sound Private Tour with Boat Cruise – Full Day