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Review of Milford Sound

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau
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Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We traveled to Milford Sound in a bus and if you don't have a hire car then ok take the bus but if you have a hire car do it by yourself. the bus trip killed me! Mainly from people who are stupid and ignorant. Nothing worse than seeing people smoking at the back of the bus every time you stop. Where did they put their buts? It was cold and wet and there were so may waterfalls it was truly amazing. Will definitely go back and do the walk! Easy to get to as long as you plan the whole day to driving and sight seeing. Well worth it.

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

You have to see this place while you are in NZ. Just breathtaking!! Well worth the trip to see this beautiful place. Set amongst the lush rain forests. Make sure you take the boat ride out into the fiords to really enjoy Milford Sound. Beautiful experience!!

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Pay hundreds of extra dollars to go to Milford Sound, or book with Jucy Cruize. I saved $350 with Jucy. The difference between Jucy and the other companies is that you have to pack your own picnic food for the bus (5 hours out with photo stops; 4 hours back). I went into their town office late in the afternoon and booked it myself. Paying for flyover trip is iffy because if the weather closes in you will be put on a bus anyway. Note: free WiFi on this bus. Buy your picnic food in Queenstown not Te Anau (very little open in fall).
Definitely recommend going in April after Easter: kids there are back in school and fall weather was spectacular. Note: this review covers April 2013 not 2014. The only rain was in Milford Sound and two hours before our plane left. That said, we always had a raincoat handy and we took an umbrella. We never needed our bug repellent wipes. You won't need shorts or sandals in April, but you may need sunblock.
The driver was incredibly informative and very funny. Because it was off season the bus was not full and we all had plenty of room. I was the only American on the bus, so I made a lot of acquaintances from all over the world. There were sufficient stops for restrooms and for taking photos. Jucy Cruize has the last bus leaving Queenstown in the morning so we were the last boat on the water and saw almost no traffic going down and coming back. Plus, their driver picked me up right in front of my hotel! You will be traveling through an area where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. After we passed through the tunnel and into the big valley, there was a collective gasp on the bus. If you go, you will understand.
The boat ride was spectacular. Tea and beverages were available on board. I was glad it rained because hundreds of waterfalls appear only when it rains. If you plan on being on deck while the captain goes under a waterfall, bring a change of clothes - I'm not joking. Prior to Queenstown, we had also visited Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington. Queenstown and Milford were the perfect ending to a magical trip.

Thank sparkinator99
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

I was on a cruise on Voyager of the Seas, during a fairly cold and wet journey into Milford Sound.
The rain during and for days before we undertook the excursion was, as it turned out, a mixed blessing, because waterfalls were cascading down the walls of this fjord for its whole length.
It's a truly beautiful place, even more majestic from sea level than from above.

Thank bowralblue
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Sailing into the Milford sound on a cruise liner must be seen to be believed. The 90,000 tonne Radiance of the Seas slowly whistled down the sound with the most amazing scenery including water falls,natural landscapes,rolling mountains and an airy feel of seclusion....the best

Thank Prest0n26
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