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Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Buffet or Picnic Lunch provided by Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

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Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Buffet or Picnic Lunch

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You'll start at
110 Beach Street
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  • 1
    Stop: 30 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
    Knobs Flat
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Lake Gunn
  • 6
    Monkey Creek
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Cleddau River
    Pass by Homer Tunnel
  • 7
    The Chasm Walk
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 8
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 2 hours -
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  • 9
    Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Mitre Peak
    Pass by Bowen Falls
    Pass by Sinbad Gully
    Pass by Stirling Falls
You'll end at
110 Beach Street
110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New ZealandSouthern Discoveries Queenstown Visitor Centre St Omer Wharf
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Important Information
Departure Point
110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
12h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Return transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound on premium glass-roof coach
  • FREE WiFi, 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 Hot Buffet Lunch (October - April only)
  • Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch (May - September only)
  • FREE Tea & Coffee
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Rikki Browne wrote a review Mar 2020
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Driver was absolutely hilarious and gave us plenty of fun facts while we made our way on Coach to Milford Sound. Had some beautiful opportunities along the way to take photos, and really enjoyed the entire experience. The cruise itself was breathtaking, a highlight being taken
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Date of experience: March 2020
Scott M wrote a review Feb 2020
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We did the coach and cruise to Milford sound on February 3rd 2020, but unfortunately our trip was cancelled 1 hour into the coach ride due to a rock/mudslide closing the road to the sound. That’s not the bad part however. While at the rest stop/turnaround point since the trip
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Date of experience: February 2020
Raz K wrote a review Jan 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand77 contributions11 helpful votes
I would highly recommend using southern discoveries coach tour as it takes the pressure off driving while you enjoy the breathtaking views. Our coach driver FLY was extremely knowledgable, super funny and friendly. He made the trip more enjoyable. Talk to Fly about anything, he
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Date of experience: January 2020
hankTexas wrote a review Nov 2019
Texas29 contributions10 helpful votes
We had toured Milford 20 years ago and knew that we wanted to see it again. Road access had been closed for 2 days due to heavy rains. Southern Discoveries adjusted our scheduled tour and we were on the bus the first morning available. Hard to imagine scenery more beautiful
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Date of experience: October 2019
Chirag A wrote a review Jan 2019
1 contribution
Paul was a funny, engaging, informative tour guide who told us many interesting stories and facts about New Zealand. He also made a lot of good stops on the way to Milford Sound making it a all in all amazing experience. Highly recommend taking a coach to Milford Sound (instead
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Date of experience: December 2018
Response from Ciara O, Marketing Executive at Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Buffet or Picnic Lunch
Responded 7 Jan 2019
Kia ora, Chirag! Thank you for your fantastic feedback. Our team is happy to hear that your coach ride to Milford Sound with our driver Paul was one of the highlights of your New Zealand trip! We couldn't agree with you more- taking the coach allows you to hear informative commentary from our guides and really soak up the stunning scenery as your bus driver safely navigates you through the gorge. Its great to hear you got some fantastic photographs! Warm regards, Ciara.
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By: Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
Outstanding Views
This cruise and bag lunch was included on our tour of the area. The lunch was quite good but the cruise and views
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Kelsey L
Breathtaking - Small Boat up close to everything
We had the best day with southern discoveries. The captain was knowledgeable and funny. With the smaller boat on th
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Wonderful Milford Sound tour
We did the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. All things considered, this was an excellent tour of Milford Sound. Given t
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Great views, but a long bus trip and buffet not worth it
I booked the day trip which involves a long bus ride both ways to Milford Sound. You get a number of stops along th
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Early cruise
Arrived for our cruise very early as we’d taken the 8am flight from Queenstown. We were expecting to take the Jucy
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Great Day
We really enjoyed the trip and thought bus driver Bruce was exceptional. Very witty and considerate. Kept us all en
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Milford sound Amazing BUT
This company is a rip off. Though ticket was also to include Observatory. This was closed and no refund given. Mor
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Worth doing if in New Zealand for a short trip. Our guide/driver Gabe was great and very nice! The commentary on th
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Richard H
We never got to fly but their communication is hopeless
The communication from this company is terrible. We knew the flight was weather dependent so I asked if they could
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Eric G
Fantastic Experience
The Milford Sound experience was incredible. We started the tour in Te Anau on a very comfortable with great visibi
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Comfortable coach, dramatic scenery, long day
I’d say this is a must do tour, if in this neck of the wood. The scenery both en route to Milford Sound is dramatic
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Heaven on Earth
Long ride, but did not feel it at all. Breathtaking scenery throughout! Great guide! And the cruise was the icing o
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Despite heavy rain, still amazing
We were caught up in the massive flooding around Feb 2, 2020, and still had great viewing and kayaking. Definitely
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The trip was fantastic. And I wish to get a refund for not going to the Underwater Observatory please.
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Scenery beautiful... customer service abysmal
I was very excited to book onto the nature cruise, as both a keen bird and sealife enthusiast as well as first time
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Key Details
  • Duration: 12h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
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