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  • Tony F
    Manchester, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was fantastic. A long trip to Milford Sound but our driver/guide Sarah was fantastic. Lots of stops many to see notable sites and views so the drive was truly integrated into the day. Milford Sound was awesome and the smaller cruise ship was just perfect. Recommend to anyone of virtually any age.
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • Peter H
    Hawkesbury, Canada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! What a wonderful experience! Our flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound is undoubtedly the most spectacular flight we have ever taken. The mountain scenery was amazing and the clouds playing with the peaks looked almost unreal. The plane was a Cessna Caravan which was big enough for the job but still gave great views out the windows. Our pilot Tom was very professional. The cruise up the Sound was great and the boat was able to approach towering cliffs and waterfalls very closely. A truly beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour!
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Cindy B
    Duncan, Canada16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were very pleasantly surprised with the whole experience, from booking online, to the check-in, the bus ride, and the boat, everything was seamless and easy. We were expecting a gong show, but it was anything but. Our bus driver from Te Anau, Reynald, was excellent, providing pertinent information along the way, and stopping at prime locations that weren't too busy. It was a very comfortable trip. The boat was excellent too, not over crowded, and again the comentary from the guide was very enlightening. We were going to drive to Milford ourselves, but are happy we didn't. We'd definitely recommend this tour with RealNZ to anyone.
    Written 22 March 2024
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  • Shivani R
    Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our experience was made special due to our driver, Sonia. Sonia was friendly, helpful and made our trip enjoyable. She was also a safe driver, which was important to us for such a long journey (Queenstown > Milford Sound > Queenstown). Would recommend Southern Discoveries solely based on our interactions with Sonia. We look forward to visiting again
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Veronika S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour to say the least. Well organized with proper bus stops for coffee/bathroom breaks, sightseeing spots and photographs, delicious lunch and of course absolutely stunning boat ride and a flight. Pure joy. Wonderful guides. Very relaxing yet reach and full filling tour. Must do!!!
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Philomena Sheen
    New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guide Sinchan was awesome he asked us all to introduce ourselves and say a few thing about ourselves, this made all 7 of us feel like we knew each other, Sinchan was very knowledgeable and fun to be with as a solo traveller this tour felt like a family outing
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Robert A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hiked on the Tasman glacier. Absolutely beautiful but you need to be in shape. The guide Pavel was outstanding. The bus driver Sarah was informative and delightful.
    Written 6 March 2024
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  • Rodd L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience and good cross section of wines , good food and great tour leader Ana , enjoyed all the places we visited and good knowledge
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Patti J
    Portland, OR121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We started our day with a fantastic guide, Dani. She is seriously the best driver we have ever had anywhere in the world. Safe, knowledgeable, clear, fun, helpful. We were blown away by her sense of humor and organization of the day. We had all ages and abilities in our group. One heli-hiker and one heli-scenic cruiser. It took five minutes to drop off the heli-hiker at the airport just outside the entrance to the park. On the day we were there, the skies were blue and never clouded over. Dani made sure people were prepared for the sun. She also spoke with each group to determine how long they wanted to hike. Several only wanted to be on the Hooker Trail for an hour or two. So she made arrangements to meet them, and transport one to the Heli-scenic flight and another group to Mt. Cook for lunch. Then she came back to get the rest of us three hours later. Three hours allowed us enough time to hike to the end, have 20-25 minutes for our bagged lunch and then hike back. We are in our 60’s and fit (and had trail shoes on our feet). On the way back, we picked up our Heli-hiker and still had plenty of time to top at the Salmon farm and for ice cream on the way back to Queenstown. It is a long day, but a great day with a variety of experiences and wonderful stories from Dani. It was one of our best days in NZ.
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Ian
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mercedes minibus sounds great but seats are rather Narrow. Great guide but Milford Sounds is busy and cloud obscured and rainy for 60 percent of the year. This can impact on what you can actually see
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • Passenger736116
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’m not sure which was more entertaining our bus driver Shailendra or the Milford Sound itself. Both were 10/10. The whole day was brilliant
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Tour49737773932
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour with James! Although my flight was cancelled due to weather, the ride back was enjoyable with an excellent playlist. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone, especially other solo travellers.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • Kelsi C
    Invercargill, New Zealand8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the best day! Our guide T was a legend and put up with all of our nonsense. Would highly recommend this to anyone, such a great way to spend a few hours. The tour company was really amazing to deal with and they were flexible and went the extra mile for us. I feel that it is great value for money - we had our own van, our guide looked after us super well, we had a delicious lunch, sampled some amazing wines, got to see some beautiful places and they even dropped us in Queenstown afterwards. We felt like royalty all day! Thanks so much guys.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • Epps Adventures
    Mesa, AZ115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Doubtful Sound is WONDERFUL, and the scenery on the drive is diverse stunning. There was a lot of commentary, but it was all very informative and fun.
    The staff was great. From the front desk to the guides, we had excellent service and felt well taken care of.
    We pre-ordered lunch, and were glad we did. Otherwise we would have been quite hungry. There is a café at the stop before the first boat, but you don't have much time to go to the bathroom, order, and wait for food, so ordering a pre-packed lunch is a great option. If you can't find where to pick up your lunch, they will load it on the boat for you, you just have to ask. There is a sign that we didn't see until the boat was pulling away, but they had our meals on the boat anyway. Thankfully!
    If you are trying to decide on Doubtful vs Milford, I believe the main differences are that Milford is more spectacular in terms of mountain height, and Doubtful has more waterfalls. SO MANY WATERFALLS! I also have heard that Doubtful is less touristy. We didn't do Milford, but this is what we heard from people on our tour who did both.
    It is a long day though, and it will likely rain, so pack for cold/wet. We spent a lot of time in our jackets, especially because we chose to sit outside on the boat rides. Totally worth it though!! I wish I had packed a scarf, beanie, or something to cover my ears!
    Also, if you get seasick, take meds. The boat is mostly steady, but as it got closer to the sea it definitely started rocking quite a bit.
    Overall, I would 100% recommend this company for a Doubtful Sound tour, or any other tour they may offer. We had a great day.
    Written 25 March 2024
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