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Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown provided by Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
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from $199.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3960P11
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Return transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound on premium coach • USB charging ports on board coach • Informative commentary provided by local coach driver • Headset commentaries in several languages available • Milford Sound Nature Cruise • Specialist nature guide providing informative commentary on board cruise • Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch • FREE Tea & Coffee • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
12h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departs Queenstown daily at 6:45am (check in 15 minutes prior to departure)  Hotel Pickups available from central Queenstown accommodation - Please contact our reservations team to arrange a pick-up at least 24-hours prior to the departure time.
Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Return transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound on premium coach • USB charging ports on board coach • Informative commentary provided by local coach driver • Headset commentaries in several languages available • Milford Sound Nature Cruise • Specialist nature guide providing informative commentary on board cruise • Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch • FREE Tea & Coffee • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departs Queenstown daily at 6:45am (check in 15 minutes prior to departure)  Hotel Pickups available from central Queenstown accommodation - Please contact our reservations team to arrange a pick-up at least 24-hours prior to the departure time.
Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Sunscreen and insect repellent advisable
PLEASE NOTE: Infants (0-3) are charged a rate of $50, an appropriate child restraint must be provided by the caregiver (adult) in order for an infant or small child to travel on the coach. This is in accordance with New Zealand Law.
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Queenstown
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Te Anau
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Eglinton Valley
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Mirror Lakes Walk
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Knobs Flat Accommodation
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Gunn
  • 7
    Monkey Creek
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Homer Tunnel
  • 8
    The Chasm Walk
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Cleddau River
  • 9
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 10
    Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Mitre Peak
    Stirling Falls
    Sinbad Gully
    Bowen Falls
  • You'll end at
    Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre
    St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    See address & details
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5.0
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ged2850
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand1 contribution
Awesome time
Jun 2021
Absolutely stunning views ,makes you proud to be a New Zealander .
The bus ride was entertaining with a very educative bus driver .
Boat cruise was amazing with a awesome crew on the boat
Written 4 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora ged, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review. We're stoked to read you had an amazing time and our team looked after you. Ngā mihi,
Written 10 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jenny S
Auckland6 contributions
Amazing experience!
May 2021 • Friends
Stunning scenery, and wonderful cruise. Gabe was.an excellent tour guide, lively with banter despite the ridiculously early start. He also dropped us back at our hotels, the sweetheart; a blessing after a full-on day. Cruise captain gave a very smooth ride through the sound. Picnic lunch was okay.
Written 22 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Jenny, Thanks so much for passing on your awesome feedback. We're so glad Gabe looked after you, he really is a gem. Ngā mihi
Written 27 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Littlemisssunshine06
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
Loved every minute
Apr 2021 • Family
From pick up to drop off, this trip was excellent. Our driver/tour guide Pradeep was the perfect man for the job. A safe driver that kept well to the schedule, he was a bubbley and informative guide.

There was so much to see along the way, and great photo ops. The cruise was awe inspiring. Any photos you see don't do it justice. We were pleasantly surprised with how good the picnic lunch was, especially as there were 2 vegans in our party. We were slightly worried after reading previous reviews but they must have lifted their game drastically. We had a delicious wrap, a bag of crisps, 2 pieces of fruit, a piece of chocolate and a yummy cookie shaped treat.

We didn't see any wildlife but that didn't take any shine from the amazing experience we had. Getting soaked by the mist from a waterfall. Loved every minute. Great value for money.
Written 30 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora, Thank you so much for this awesome review. We're so stoked you had a great time with Pradeep. We're glad you enjoyed the vegan picture lunch, we do always take feedback on board so we can keep improving for our guests. Thank you so much for choosing to explore Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 6 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alisha S
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
Unique Milford Sound Coach & Cruise
Apr 2021
The journey to and from Milford Sound was both exhilarating and entertaining. Greg’s golden commentary and profound knowledge of the South was an enlightening experience. It made what could have been a long coach trip very quick and enjoyable. Every twist and turn revealed an authentic piece of New Zealand culture.

Greg went above and beyond by ensuring that we had a way back to Queenstown, as we were unable to book a scenic flight to Queenstown from Milford Sound.

We had a golden day on the cruise itself, where there was no sign of rain and we were able to enjoy Milford Sound in a way that is not commonly known for this place. Commentary on board the cruise was informative and the scenery truly justified why it is a wonder if the world.

Packed lunch included for an additional $20 pp was generous.

Highly recommend Southern Discoveries.
Written 11 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Alisha Wow it's reviews like this that really make our week. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a detailed review about your experience with us. Greg is pretty awesome and we're glad you had a great day with him and he looked after you when you couldn't fly back. Thank you so much for choosing to experience Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries and for your recommendation to future travellers. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 15 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ash
Waikiki, HI2 contributions
Seals and sunshine at Milford!
Mar 2021 • Couples
Highly recommended day trip from Queenstown especially if you get Gabe as your guide!
It was a spectacular day, Milford was shining and crisp in the sunshine, we saw seals and Gabe was informative, caring, chatty and funny!
Written 31 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Ash, Thanks so much for this awesome feedback on your Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise day trip to Milford Sound. Gabe is a great driver and we're stoked you enjoyed your day with him. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 31 March 2021
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CRankinLloyd
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
Day trip to Milford Sounds.
Great day trip to Milford Sounds. Our driver Greg was informative and funny. Mother Nature turned on a beautiful day. The boat trip showed Milford Sounds in its glory. Nice picnic lunch, plenty of food. A great day out to see another special place in New Zealand . Well done Southern Tours and compliments to your driver.
Written 24 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're so happy you enjoyed your trip to Milford Sound, receiving feedback like this is so important to us as we want to make sure everyone who travels with us has a great time. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 31 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Reina C
5 contributions
Milford Sound Coach & Cruise
We had the best day ever travelling from Te Anau to Milford Sound & back. Greg our driver, was the perfect balance of getting us safely and smoothly to and from our destination as well as entertaining 50 odd people with his absolutely hilarious commentary and comments. It made a long what could have been boring coach trip very quick and fun! Instructions of what to do and what not to do you were very clear and concise and the whole thing from go to Lowe was smooth /simple /easy completely stressed free. The cruise itself was excellent , extremely informative commentary was very interesting facts about the area both geologically and the history. I would highly recommend southern discoveries and we plan to do it all again in the future with our kids. Excellent!!
Written 23 March 2021
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Kia ora Reina Wow thanks so much for all this awesome feedback. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trip with us and Greg kept you entertained. Thank you so much for the recommendation, it really does mean the world to us and we can't wait to see you and your family back in Milford Sound. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 24 March 2021
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Chris
1 contribution
Awesome tour, 5 stars!
Mar 2021
This tour is highly recommended! From booking our tour at the Queenstown office where the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, to the moment we boarded the bus we knew that this tour was shaping up to be a great one!
The coach is modern, spacious and comfortable (even for one of us being over 6ft) and has a great glass roof to take in the view. Our tour guide Greg was awesome. He explained the day in detail to the group, provided some great local advice, knowledge and combined this with a great sense of humor which made the day really enjoyable, comfortable and go very quick.
The picnic lunch was filling and delicious. The cruise around Milford Sound was amazing and the boat modern and spacious and it also gets up close to a waterfall and we even lucky to see some dolphins too!
We have both traveled a lot around the world and this tour is up with the best. Many thanks Greg and the team at Southern Discovery, we will recommend, 5 stars!
Written 23 March 2021
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Kia ora Chris Wow this review has really made our day. Thank you so much for taking the time to pass on your feedback. We're so glad you had such a great day with us. It's been so awesome taking our fellow kiwi's to Milford Sound on our coach trips. Did you know we actually have a few less seats in our coach to allow for more comfort and extra legroom. We'll be sure to pass on all your lovely comments to the team, hopefully we'll see you back in Milford Sound soon. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 24 March 2021
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Tomas Torres C
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand6 contributions
What a great day!
Mar 2021 • Couples
Everything was perfect especially the driver and crew from the cruise, everybody was funny and helpful in every way, My partner and I have enjoyed every minute of the hole tour since the moment we step up on the bus. We highly recommended!!!

Tomas & Vanessa from 🇵🇪Perú
Written 17 March 2021
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Kia ora Tomas & Vanessa We're so happy to hear you had such a great time in Milford Sound with us and all our staff looked after you. We love the photos you shared, looks like it was a beautiful sunny day :) Ngā mihi. Ciara
Written 17 March 2021
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sumit b
2 contributions
Most amazing experience of our life
Mar 2021 • Couples
It was an amazing experience. Our coach driver was Greg (I hope I spelled his name right) and he made our journey memorable. This was the unforgettable trip of our life and we have taken lots of memories and lots of pictures to share with our family and friends. Highly recommended to everyone.
Written 15 March 2021
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Kia ora Sumit Thank you so much for this awesome review. We're stoked you had a great time with Greg and really appreciate your recommendation to future travellers. Ngā mihi. Ciara
Written 17 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
LittleRiverCamp
LittleRiverCamp
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Amazing experience (and with vegan lunch!)
Southern Discoveries are the only cruise operators to offer the underwater observatory at the end of the cruise. We
NZlovetotravel
NZlovetotravel
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Special Day
As soon as we went into the Southern Discoveries office in Te Anau we were greeted with friendly staff who made us
VIS2407
VIS2407
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FANTASTIC
Having been to Milford before, I persuaded our group of 8 to coach it ,enabling a better viewing experience, but r
Smaug_11
Smaug_11
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A great experience
We booked with Southern Glacier Helicopters - which are Southern Discoveries heli partners. They flew us in and out
Simone S
Simone S
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Worth doing
Was a lovely cruise, good information was given very clear over sound system, the packed lunch supplied was good va
TomB7113
TomB7113
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Amazing cruise, but be aware of $20 parking charge
We really enjoyed the nature cruise. Saw amazing sights throughout the whole cruise, including glacier-carved valle
LoveenaP1
LoveenaP1
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Exciting
The coach driver was very engaging , fun and lively. That made our coach trip really fun. He took us to great look
PhilnTrace
PhilnTrace
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3 hours of bliss
We took a 3 hour trip with Southern Discoveries on Milford Sound and were so lucky. The weather delivered for us -
JustineNZ127
JustineNZ127
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Experience must do for all ages
This cruise is so worth the drive from Queenstown. The beautiful Mountains, and people that helped with booking, ma
yvonnerkh23
yvonnerkh23
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12 Hour Day Worth Every Penny!
Wow! What a huge day filled with the most stunning scenery and landscape. We chose to travel with southern discover
michblaz
michblaz
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Bucket list ticked!
Had an amazing afternoon on the Discover More cruise. We were so fortunate that there was 270mm of rain the night
Kailahwehipeihana
Kailahwehipeihana
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Beautiful trip
our bus driver gabe was so entertaining and welcoming made our trip very comfortable & the sights we got to stop an
40batty
40batty
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3 hr cruise
We took the 3 hour cruise as an inclusion of our stay at milford sound lodge. Boarded at 930 and headed through tow
sesjj
sesjj
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Breathtaking scenery
We did the Discover More cruise which included a visit to the underwater observatory and we also had a very generou
Tayla m
Tayla m
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Amazing experience
A fantastic cruise through sceneries we couldn't imagine to experience. The packed lunch was a yummy perk and there
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