Small Group, Award Winning, Milford Sound Day Tour From Te Anau - Queenstown

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  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Miro Street, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Milford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand and a must-see for any traveller. Whether seen in sunshine or rain,the incredible views are guaranteed to leave you awe-struck. This is a small group tour for travellers seeking an all-inclusive, uniquely-kiwi, personalized trip to Milford Sound.

We keep things personal using our fleet of modern Mercedes vans. Enjoy your journey with no more than 16 people, in a vehicle with premium features such as leather seats, panoramic scenic windows, Wi-Fi and Spotify playlists.

Let your Altitude Tours guide entertain and amaze you with their in-depth knowledge of the area, as you travel from Te Anau and into the Fiordland National Park on the famous Milford Road. Enjoy many scenic photo-stops at both famous locations, as well as our guide's favourite off-the-beaten-track spots.

Enjoy a packed picnic lunch on a 2-hour small uncrowded cruise while taking in the incredible beauty that Milford Sound has to offer!


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  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

After departing Te anau, the scenery really begins as you are driven along Lake Te anau, the largest lake in the South Island.Upon entering the Fiordland national park, travel alongside the Eglington River to three mountain lakes at the head of the Eglington Valley. You will make the fist of our many sightseeing stops that also allow for some great photo opportunities and you have a couple of different locations for lunch and will endeavor to select the best spot on the day. There are some fantastic walks in the area and this is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful alpine beech forest up close.

After lunch you head towards the Homer Tunnel, taking in some incredible mountain views while driving along side the crystal clear waters of the Hollyford river. You will make some great scenic stops along this stretch of the road, at his time of day there are few other buses on the road. Once through the Homer Tunnel, you will wind our way down the Cleddau Valley. At this time you arrive in an area called Fiordland but are visiting a "Sound", the difference will be explained.

You link up with a scenic cruise for a 1.45 hour excursion on the fjord.

The barbecue lunch includes a classic Kiwi BBQ of marinated lamb kebabs, chicken kebabs and sausages, a good range of salads, fresh bread and fruit juice. Vegetarian patties are available on request. Please be sure to specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Important Note: During the months of May to October and the Early Bird Summer departures the itinerary for this tour will be modified. In place of the BBQ lunch enroute to Milford Sound, the tour will include a full scenic cruise with a free BBQ lunch on board the cruise boat.


2-Hour nature cruise on Milford Sound

Knowledgable and friendly driver/guide

Off-the-beaten track scenic photo stops en route

Air-conditioned vehicle

WiFi on board

Bottled water

Entry/Admission - Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Entry/Admission - Milford Sound


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Snacks - Note that after Te Anau there are no places to purchase additional snacks.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please bring walking shoes, warm clothes and rain jacket

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

Minimum numbers of 6 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Not wheelchair accessible

Due to Covid-19 we are no longer able to offer our buffet style BBQ lunch. We will be providing a picnic lunch instead.

There is an option to include a packed picnic lunch. The default choice is chicken, however you can request to change to a beef or vegetarian lunch until 5pm the day prior.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 25-Aug-2022

    Wonderful day trip out to Milford Sound with Andy. Very comfortable coach, the lunch was generous and tasty and Andy in particular was an excellent guide, very friendly, very knowledgeable, and extremely helpful.

  • 09-May-2022

    Had an amazing day exploring our beautiful country! Our guide, Mick, was super knowledgeable and friendly with our full bus of people. We were the first two to be picked up and call me old school, but he was super early/on time - love it. The rest of the trip, I’m guessing will be memorable (Thanks to DJ Big D and Her partner in crime, Sweet T and also Nick lol). We stopped of at many locations since we were on time and the views were breathtaking! We opted to include the lunch in our package which is super handy! There is a cafe stop in Te Anau, so if you feel like snacking, get something there, otherwise pack your lunch - it’s a long trip there and back but he makes you feel super safe with constant stops to take pics, toilet breaks and his driving is so safe! If you’re from NZ, please do this tour! We are lucky to live in such a beautiful country. Definitely planning on exploring more of NZ. Have posted some pics 🙂

  • 09-Feb-2022

    What an outstanding day trip to Milford Sound and Tania our guide was brilliant. Made the day for us. Fantastic van and great service all the way. Boat trip was spectacular and staff so helpful. Well done altitude tours.

  • 09-Nov-2021

    We had an awesome time on our tour and our guide Tanya made it even more fun. We would highly recommend using Altitude for a more intimate small group experience. Thanks so much Tanya & Altitude :)

  • 04-Jul-2021

    Amazing experience. Beau was a fantastic guide, and we had a beautiful day. Stunning scenery, lots of great stops for photos, excellent lunch.

  • 27-Mar-2021

    Really great tour, the guide was really nice :) Saw dolphins in Milford sound and lots of beautiful sights along the way.

  • 17-Nov-2020

    Once again the Altitude Tours team provided a sensational experience with this tour. This is a 12 hour day so prepare yourself! Pick up was from the front of our hotel and we travelled in a small comfortable bus with only 12 of us onboard. Beau, our guide was marvelous. His commentary throughout the day was fantastic. He spoke from the heart about a region that he clearly loves. There were plenty of comfort stops along the way and between Te Anau and Milford we were treated to various stops at vantage points and lookouts and were even lucky enough to meet a couple of Kea up close too. The cruise itself was fabulous. We hit the trifecta and managed to see a penguin, fur seals and a dolphin that put on a show riding the bow wave of the boat. Unfortunately our scenic flight was cancelled due to the weather, but Beau made great time on the trip home and had us back in Queenstown by 7.30pm. Would highly recommend!

  • 02-Oct-2020

    So glad we chose to go with Altitude who connected with Mitre Peak Cruises. We enjoyed the small group size, much more friendly feel to the day. We were picked up in Te Anau and were immediately made to feel welcome by Graham our driver/guide. He had amazing knowledge which he shared along the way. Well worth going on the tour rather than self drive. We could relax and enjoy the stunning scenery while learning lots about this amazing place. Thank you Graham, you made it a fabulous day.

  • 18-Mar-2020

    We chose to go with Altitude and it was definitely a great choice. Andy, our guide was extremely qualified , knowledgeable and informative. The information he gave us was really interesting and he was a really nice guy. The van was great with good vision in all seats, really handy having the glass roof. The views and scenery are outrageously beautiful, the stopovers great and finally Milford Sound is just mind blowing. We saw seals and Dolphins on our journey and numerous waterfalls. Truly a pleasure. Would highly recommend over a larger tour. The lunch was simple which was fine. Take cash with you as it is easier to purchase drinks or other products at the bar. All in all, a huge thumbs up. Worth every cent. Thanks Andy, and all the team at Altitude. Now to book the wine tour before I leave.

  • 22-Jan-2020

    This was an amazing day. Incredible boat trip, fabulous driver who shared so much information with us as he drove, and all in all, an unforgettable experience. Not only was the day super, but we got stuck in Milford Sound when a car caught fire in the tunnel, and Altitude flew us out with a driver waiting at the other end, taking us straight to our hotel!!! Five star treatment and above and beyond expectations.

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