Ooh, predictive text strikes Jude - I’m sure you meant Queenstown.
If you have the time it’s better to go from Te Anau as the coach from Queenstown takes 13 hours all in, so a long day. But to do from Te Anau needs two nights there. What is the rest of your itinerary like?
It’s perfectly possible to drive to MS from Te Anau in the Summer, if you have a car. Cheaper and more flexible.
As above; if you have time, go from TeAnau: otherwise take a full day coach tour from Queenstown. Don't even consider driving yourself from Queenstown.
There are a bewildering number of operators offering coach tours from Queenstown. I've never seen adverse comments on any of them on this forum, so I assume they all do a satisfactory job. Generally the higher the price the better the offering, and they all travel the same route and see the same things. Probably no really bad choices.
What does the rest of your itinerary look like can you afford 2 nights in Te Anau. If so that would be best.
As others have mentioned the smaller the boat the less people but still the same space per person and all boats go to the same waterfalls and locations in the cruise.
i think for effedtive use of time the day coach from queenstown is very best. you dont have to pack, unpack, change accommodation. you can sleep on the coach on the way back. its time effective and less hassles.
Thanks for that, lots to ponder.
the coach trip goes through te anau and most stop for a break there as well so you would still see Te Anau briefly. And i dont recommend Te Anau as an overnight if you are short on time, The return coach day trip from Queenstown is great use of time, and the large windows on the coach means you really can enjoy the views and scenery.
Thank you, invaluable info.
We have 25 days for both islands so we are tight on time and don't want to get home exhausted. Any tips gratefully received.