Take an unforgettable journey into the heart ofMilford Sound, New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. You'll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.
Leaving Queenstown, travel in comfort along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland toLake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. After a morning tea stop (own expense), travel along the lake and intoFiordland National Park. Enter the picturesqueEglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunningMirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, andKnobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain.
Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the dramatic skyline as you cross theMain Divideof the Southern Alps, with stunning mountain peaks all around. Stop atMonkey Creekand sample some of the purest water in the world (but watch out for cheeky kea - native mountain parrots!). Travel under the mountains through theHomer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experienceThe Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.
AtMilford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute cruise and travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble into the sea. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, whilewildlifeincluding seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters.
Your cruise will take place on the newest and most luxurious cruise ship in Milford Sound. This impressive three-level catamaran has extensive outdoor decks so you can get up close to nature. Inside you'll find comfortable seating as well as unique glass roofs and HD screens projecting live outdoor footage, so you won't miss a thing. A gourmet buffet lunch featuring fresh local ingredients will be served on board (included in your tour). Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary. Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Korean and Mandarin.