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Choose a RealNZ Milford Sound Scenic Cruise and experience the fiord's majestic scenery from the comfort of our spacious modern vessels. Exceptional viewing opportunities, spacious decks and comfortable lounges. Look out for seals, dolphins and penguins en route, cruise close to waterfalls and enjoy the magnificent vistas. Informative commentaries in several languages. Delicious lunches available. Departs Milford Sound (all year). Coach connections are also available from Te Anau and Queenstown. Fly back option to Queenstown available (extra cost).
Milford Sound, New Zealand
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2023

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Cherisse K
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The coach trip to and from the cruise was good and the tour guide, Bruce, was very helpful and informative. We made a few stops along the way for pictures and the coach was large and comfortable with huge glass windows and a glass roof. However the positive coach ride was not followed by a positive boat cruise. It was a unorganised chaos of people running everywhere and pushing past eachother, it was like people had never been out before. There was no queuing system and people were pushing to the front and barging through. I was hit with umbrellas several times and also had my feet stood on many times too.

About 99% of tables were reserved for tours, buffet food and other food options so if you tried to save money, like me, you didn’t have a seat option reserved and had to walk round and round hoping to find a seat, this was near on impossible as I was one of the last to board the boat.

The whole journey was carnage and everyone was shouting and speaking so loud you can’t even hear the caption speaking and informing you of your surroundings. I understand the company cannot help the weather but it was so misty and cloudy you couldn’t even see the amazing views that you paid to visit. I at least expect to be able to hear about the history and facts about the area. Had I of been able to hear the announcements, the madness and stress of the unorganised people would have been worth it but instead I had to listen to everyone shouting and seeing no views for the entire journey.

I wouldn’t recommend this company purely because of their lack of control of the guests on board and the inconsideration of people who have bought their own lunch. I paid a lot of money for this tour and didn’t enjoy the main attraction.
Written 21 April 2024
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Traveler32559900161
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing trip! The bus tour was already Great with stops at amazing spots. Cruise was awesome despite or rather because of the rain! Great service and communication from RealNZ and busdriver! Highly recommended.
Written 20 April 2024
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Kiki T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The trip was amazing and so was our driver Brian! He was very informative throughout the whole trip and did not stop smiling all day. Thank you!
Written 20 April 2024
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sonja
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Such a great trip. Much preferred taking the cruise from te anau so we could look at the scenery. We had heavy rains it was awesome. Bruce our driver was great
Written 20 April 2024
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Victoria T
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The weather cooperated. The scenery is breathtaking. It was so much easier to get there by bus. real NZ made the booking simple.
Written 18 April 2024
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Shawn O
Minneapolis, MN11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Tour guide was great, coach was clean and pleasant, boat ride was great, pilot was very skilled. Buffet was not amazing and they ran out of food very quickly. All in all, great, but maybe skip the buffet and go with the box lunch instead.
Written 14 April 2024
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Lauren K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Everything about this day was stunning from start to finish. Our driver Reynold was funny, friendly and informative along the drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Not having to do the drive ourselves meant we could both enjoy the incredible scenery and learnt more about the area than we would have done otherwise. Only shame was the bus was meant to have a glass roof and didn’t. The boat tour was once in a lifetime sailing amongst the fjords and spotting seals between the waterfalls. Lots of photo stops along the road as well were appreciated!
Written 9 April 2024
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Thank you for sharing your stunning day in Milford Sound with us! It's wonderful to know that Reynold provided a memorable journey with his humour, friendliness, and informative commentary. We apologise for the oversight regarding the glass roof on the bus and understand your disappointment. However, we're delighted that the boat tour provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience cruising amongst the fiords and spotting seals between the waterfalls. Thank you for choosing to spend your day with us, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another unforgettable adventure in the future!
Written 11 April 2024
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Milena Velis
La Plata, Argentina2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Was an amazing trip! The guide called Brandon I think, was very attentive, friendly, and always made sure that no one from the bus got lost. Everything he told us was very interesting. I recommend it 100%
Written 9 April 2024
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Thank you for sharing your amazing experience on the Milford Sound day trip with us! We're thrilled to hear that Brandon provided such attentive and friendly service, ensuring everyone's safety and enjoyment throughout the journey. It's fantastic to know that Brandon's commentary was interesting and engaging, adding value to your experience. We truly appreciate your recommendation and thank you for your kind words. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another memorable adventure in the future!
Written 11 April 2024
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Mallory C
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An absolutely unreal cruise with stunning views, good food and friendly staff. The downside of our experience was the cost and value, my husband and I booked fairly late and could only get a shared dorm room which was not very clean and was very uncomfortable sleeping as a couple with random strangers. To pay $480 per person to not sleep and share a room with complete strangers is insane. This option should not be priced anywhere near that as it takes away from the experience significantly.

I’d recommend the cruise but for the cost you need to seriously consider your options.
Written 7 April 2024
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Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're thrilled to hear that you found the cruise experience itself to be absolutely unreal, with stunning views, good food, and friendly staff. However, we're truly sorry to hear about the disappointment and discomfort you experienced with the shared dorm room accommodation. We want all of our guests to have a positive and comfortable experience throughout their journey with us, and we apologise that this did not live up to your expectations.
Written 11 April 2024
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Kieran W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the Milford Sound Cruise with Coach from Queenstown with RealNZ and the experience was fantastic.

Pete our driver provided brilliant commentary on our trip to Milford and stopped at a few locations time providing for us to take pictures and stretch our legs.

It had rained the day previously and there was a light covering of snow on the mountains so there were plenty of waterfalls.

To top it off, our driver Pete had managed to arrange for us a flight back to Queenstown (at an additional cost) which was fantastic as we had 3 booked flights around mount cook cancelled due to weather and 2 failed paraglide attempts due to weather also so this really made a magical trip even more magical.
Written 2 April 2024
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We're thrilled to hear that your Milford Sound Cruise with RealNZ was fantastic from start to finish. It's wonderful that Pete provided brilliant commentary and made stops at scenic locations along the way, allowing you to take pictures and stretch your legs. The light covering of snow on the mountains and the abundance of waterfalls due to the previous day's rain must have been a stunning sight! We're especially delighted to hear that Pete arranged for you to take a flight back to Queenstown, adding an extra touch of magic to your trip. Thank you for choosing RealNZ, and we hope to welcome you back for more magical adventures in the future!
Written 11 April 2024
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