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Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback
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Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback

By Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
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Ages 0-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 9h
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Live guide: English
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  • Transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound on premium coach
  • Informative commentary provided by local coach driver
  • 1 Hour 45 Minute Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Specialist nature commentary onboard cruise
  • FREE tea and coffee on board cruise
  • Return Scenic Flight to Queenstown
  • Freshly made Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Start:
  • Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please head inside the Southern Discoveries office situated at the above address (110 Beach Street, Queenstown) to check in for your trip.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3960P12

    • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
    • All passenger weights MUST be advised at the time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Sunscreen and insect repellent advisable
    • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the operator. These must be provided by the parent or caregiver - without this you may be turned away and unable to travel - please be prepared.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Which attractions will I visit with Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback?
    How much is Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback?
    Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback price starts from $768.34. Discover and book Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback on Tripadvisor
    What is the Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback cancellation policy?
    Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Milford Sound Coach and Cruise Tour from Queenstown with Flyback on Tripadvisor
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    • You'll start at
      Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre
      St Omer Wharf 110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
      Please head inside the Southern Discoveries office situated at the above address (110 Beach Street, Queenstown) to check in for your trip.
      See address & details
    • 1
      Queenstown
      Stop: 20 minutes
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    • 2
      Te Anau
      Stop: 30 minutes
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    • 3
      Eglinton Valley
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • 4
      Mirror Lakes Walk
      Stop: 15 minutes
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    • 5
      Eglinton Valley Camp
      Stop: 10 minutes
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      Pass by
      Lake Gunn
      Cleddau River
    • 6
      Monkey Creek
      Stop: 10 minutes
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      Pass by
      Homer Tunnel
    • 7
      Milford Sound
      Stop: 3 hours
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    • 8
      Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
      Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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      Pass by
      Bowen Falls
      Stirling Falls
      Sinbad Gully
    • 9
      Milford Sound Airport
      Stop: 10 minutes
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      Pass by
      Mitre Peak
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
      2,035
      New Zealand
      Joined in July 2009
    • Adventure06241512381
      0 contributions
      Milford Sound Bus and boat tour
      Our trip was amazing. We were fortunate o have beautiful weather - blue skies and warm temperatures. Views were outstanding, the bout trip and underwater observatory were fascinating. All was made even better by our charming driver, Stan. He provided excellent information, safe driving and humorous commentary. This is a trip not to be missed.
      Written 27 February 2024
    • 329juliag
      0 contributions
      A fabulous day out
      It was a very early start to meet our coach for 7am, but Southern Discoveries made it easy by arranging pickups from local hotels. The coach driver (Stan) was brilliantly entertaining, while telling us what we needed to know and giving us some background to the area we were travelling through. We had 2 loo breaks and 3 brief stops to admire views, and arrived at the wharf at exactly the right time. Our trip out on the boat was fantastic. The food was good and there was some commentary, but the PA system was not clear on the observation decks, so we missed some of that. The underwater observatory was fascinating, but that part of the visit felt a bit rushed and the staff did not seem quite as invested in our enjoyment as all the others we met. It was far colder than we expected, so I recommend taking one more layer than you think you need, and you will have a fabulous day out.
      Written 26 February 2024
    • DNsquared
      0 contributions
      Great cruise -- do the kayak trip!
      This was a great trip. The cruise was beautiful. Bring warm clothes if you want to sit on the top deck (recommended). It can be cold and windy. I'd the box lunch and skip the buffet (and line). Most importantly -- do the kayak trip. It was the highlight, and having only a little time at the observatory was more than enough. We even saw penguins (which is rare, we were told)! I couldn't believe that off the 150 or so people on the cruise, only 4 went kayaking.
      Written 26 February 2024
    • Sdhalter
      0 contributions
      Amazing
      This boat trip was incredible! It was on time, the cost was good, the views were amazing and we got to see the waterfalls and seals
      Written 26 February 2024
    • D7115VFjoelg
      0 contributions
      You won't regret it.
      This tour is 110% absolutely recommended. It is one of the top three things we did on our 2 week southern New Zealand excursion. The views driving in/out were amazing, but the serenity of the fjords in person is something that must be experienced. Hopefully you're lucky enough to catch a little rain and see a pop-up waterfall which the boat captains are nice enough to dip the nose into if their not too massive. Disclosure: This trip was March 2016, but I've been planning a trip back ever since.
      Written 26 February 2024
    • ponnip
      0 contributions
      Great cruise
      The cruise was very enjoyable. The scenery was stunning, the boat was comfortable and had the amenities we needed. The underwater observatory did not live up to expectations.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • D5220LKss
      0 contributions
      10 out of 10 experience
      This was an experience of a lifetime for myself and my family. The airline and boat cruise operators were professional, highly competent and extremely personable. Special shoutout to Mike our pilot who flew the plane flawlessly and described such beautiful parts we witnessed on the way to Milford Sound. I cannot recommend this enough. Don’t hesitate just sign up!
      Written 24 February 2024
    • 424mercyw
      0 contributions
      Milford Sound
      Greg our tour operator was knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. The views are incredible along the way and Milford sounds is picturesque. Highly recommend
      Written 24 February 2024
    • Wander820807
      0 contributions
      The Ultimate Guide on Wheels!
      We were really lucky to have Greg, the extraordinary bus driver and tour guide. This guy isn't your average driver, he's a storyteller, a comedian, and a master of navigation all rolled into one. He made our trek to Milford Sound an unforgettable experience. Keep him, he's an asset to your company.
      Written 23 February 2024
    • StuartB815
      0 contributions
      A must do visit.
      I booked the trip before we left the UK so not sure what to expect, but everything was spot on. The trip from Te Anau was longer than planned (Around 2hrs 10 min) parking for the cruise about 10 mins walk and about $40. The experience check in was smooth and boarding the ship easy. As we had booked the kayak and observatory trip we were lucky the weather was lovely and sunny, but the most stunning part were the views of the sound itself absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth the trip.
      Written 22 February 2024
    • kims936
      0 contributions
      Beautiful Views with Boxed Lunch
      No one can dispute the views while on the tour are amazing, whether in rain or sunshine. However one would have expected much more detailed information on the geology of the area or history. It was basically a boat ride not a tour by any means.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • Dreamer407589
      0 contributions
      Mountains
      Fiordland National Park was amazing. Best part of the trip! Our driver, Shale, was exceptional! If we could have afforded it we would have flown back and saved the return trip.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • stevensE8128LY
      0 contributions
      Exceptional IF YOU DRESS WARM for the moving boat wind chill. Merely Good if you have to stay in enclosed areas.
      Warning, wear extra warm clothes!!! This is far more enjoyable if you can be out on an observation deck. The boat moving at 20 knots generates a lot of wind chill factor, so even in summer (Feb 2024 for us) you need a winter coat and gloves. We had to go in and out of the enclosed areas and didn't get quite the experience we had 6 years ago on a warmer day (both in late summer (Feb). Good cruise of Milford Sound and enjoyed the extra of the underwater observatory. A recommended extra. We chose this as a friend went diving and we had extra time to burn.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • france456
      0 contributions
      Fantastic day out
      Absolutely fantastic day out. Jamie our driver/guide was great, really friendly and knowledgeable. We had plenty of stops on the drive to Milford Sound to take photos. The boat trip & observatory were well worth doing, the scenery is spectacular. The picnic lunch was also very good!
      Written 20 February 2024
    • georgecE8389EV
      0 contributions
      Fantastic time for all.
      Our bus driver was brilliant great knowledge and humour explained so many things. We felt safe through the whole trip. The boat ride through the Milford Sounds was superb. The whole trip from start to finish was superb with heaps of laughs, food on the boat and photos. Recommend to the MAX
      Written 17 February 2024
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    Ọnna N
    Houston, TX96 contributions
    Dec 2022
    From start to finish, this tour was disorganized. There was so much miscommunication between the third party that they used to attract customers and their actual website. Unfortunately, this company fails to warn buyers on these third-party sites of the possibility that the flight back will be canceled if enough individuals are booked to make it financially beneficial. The flight was "canceled" because of the "weather not being suitable to fly the plane," but in the same breath, tried to sell me a helicopter ride back for 995 NZd (~650 USD). No problem with this tactic as it is a business, but the lack of transparency is a serious issue as it displays a lack of respect for patrons' time and money. Otherwise, you are stuck riding a 5-hour bus ride back to Queenstown, looking at the same sites you did on the way up there. Did not get back to 8:30 pm when most of the other activities are long closed. Moreover, they don't offer a breakdown of how much will be returned if this happens. Therefore, they can choose to return whatever amount they deem suitable for them. Very disappointing day better off doing a shorter tour with someone else.
    Written 20 December 2022
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    Kia ora Onna Thanks for the feedback, here and on other sites as well as direct. As discussed, your flight was cancelled from Milford Sound due to safety - our top priority. The parameters for helicopters are different to fixed-wing aircraft, and you are quite right that this was an option offered to you on the day. Unfortunately, if it is not safe to fly we are unable to offer that service. All collateral our end and on all third party sites highlights the weather dependency of this product, and I apologise if the third party site you utilised was not clear on this. In terms of a refund, customers are refunded the difference between the coach/cruise/coach and the fly/cruise/fly - as you booked through a third party site there may have been a different refund policy that we are not privy to. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your tour through NZ. Kind regards Kerry
    Written 11 January 2023
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    Trek19721310604
    1 contribution
    Sept 2023 • Family
    Bus1, The premium seats are not at all comfortable, no leg room, no footrest and base cushion need replacement. The southern Discoveries front desk team should provide above details to customers while booking premium seats.

    5 Star to keith(Driver) for his driving skills patience, commentary and taking care of people through out the journey.
    Written 26 October 2023
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    Azwanis A
    1 contribution
    Feb 2024 • Family
    We were very satisfied with our day trip to Milford Sound. Southern Discoveries picked us up from our apartment in the morning to our coach. The coach was comfortable, airconditioned, with glass roof ceilings just like in the photos. The bus driver/tour guide was very skillful, informative and had some funny stories to keep us awake. The cruise was great too, spacious and not too crowded. The views of course were amazing. But the highlight of our tour was the flyback home with Milford Air. We had a lovely pilot. It was safe and definitely worth it. Not just because its only 40 minutes back to Queenstown but we had the most amazing views from above. We were a family of 7 with kids youngest 5 yo and the eldest 15 yo, so this combination was great for us. And they even shuttled us back to our apartment afterwards.
    Written 22 February 2024
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    kartik k
    Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    Upon the cancellation of my flight back from Milford Sound, I was assured that a refund would be processed. I provided my card details on November 21st for the refund. The company claimed to have processed the refund on November 22nd but failed to provide any transaction number or solid proof of the transaction.

    After a 10-day waiting period with no refund appearing in my account, I contacted Southern Discoveries again. They provided only a screenshot of the refund transaction with an internal terminal ID and the last four digits of my card, yet no refund was received on my end. This prompted me to raise a dispute with my travel card company, Wise, but even after 15 days, there was no resolution or substantial update from their side.

    As a customer living in Melbourne, Australia, physically approaching Southern Discoveries' office is not feasible. The lack of clear communication, transparency, and prompt resolution has made this experience extremely frustrating. I am still waiting for a proper resolution and feel left in the dark regarding my refund.

    I am sharing this experience to alert potential customers of the challenges that may arise, especially regarding refunds and customer service responsiveness. I hope this issue gets resolved soon, and better practices are put in place to handle similar situations in the future.

    Written 26 December 2023
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    norpatmat
    Babylon, NY136 contributions
    Wow, we truly had the very best day and I’m not sure if anything will ever top it. Keith was a wonderful driver/ guide. He has a soothing, calm tone and a whole heap of knowledge. Although the bus ride was long, it never felt it. We had a few stops along the way for bathroom, coffee, and photo opportunities. Keith went out of his way to make the journey enjoyable. The boat ride was also delightful and it certainly helps that we had stunning weather (winter sunshine).
    What made an already great day even more wonderful was the scenic flight back to Queenstown. Our pilot, Ryan, was excellent. We took off from Milford Sound and journeyed through the Fiord National Park. My face hurt from smiling. It was stunning and an experience I will never forget. Thank you.
    Written 24 July 2023
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    Maureen
    Ocean Grove, Australia1 contribution
    Jun 2021 • Couples
    Stunning views, entertaining commentary. We had snow almost all the way there and back but clear for our boat trip. Felt completely safe in the hands of our driver, Gabe.
    Scenery was as amazing as we hoped it to be.
    Written 4 July 2021
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    Kia ora Maureen, Thanks so much for taking the time to pass on your feedback and leave us such a great review. We really appreciate you choosing Southern Discoveries to experience Milford Sound. Ngā mihi. Ciara
    Written 22 July 2021
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    Sarah l
    2 contributions
    Aug 2020 • Friends
    Milford Sound and the stunning trip each way is SO beautiful, this experience was highlighted by the amazing staff. Polite, knowledgeable, passionate and going beyond the call of duty to ensure our day was 100% perfect.
    This is a "must do" for at least once in your lifetime
    Written 16 August 2020
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    Lanette S
    Baltimore, MD5 contributions
    Feb 2023
    What an adventure. Worth the money to do this! The views and experiences were one of a kind! The bus ride is long from Queenstown. Very nice breakfast stop along the route. The cruise could be a little longer. Boxed lunches onboard the cruise were very good! The flight back to Queenstown was amazing!
    Written 14 February 2023
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    Hidden Lodge Management
    Arrowtown, New Zealand3 contributions
    Mar 2022
    We had an amazing time on the Milford coach, cruise and flight. Brad was an amazing tour guide, we learned so much on the way to Milford. We got a sunny day on the water, even though there wasn't as many waterfalls, we saw seals and got some epic photos. The flight back is a must do!!
    Written 22 March 2022
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    Kia ora, Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your day trip to Milford with Southern Discoveries! Brad is a very knowledgeable guide and experienced coach driver so it's great he was able to share it all with you. We agree that flying back is a must do! Thanks again, Ngã mihi, Jayne
    Written 27 March 2022
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    Ali & Silvana
    1 contribution
    Dec 2022 • Family
    The bus driver was entertaining. The flight back was amazing. Our pilot was wonderful and very experienced.
    Written 3 December 2022
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