Milford Sound Cruise From Queenstown Or Te Anau

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    1: 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    2: RealNZ - Te Anau Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9640, 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.


An extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea on a cruise designed for the free, independent traveler. Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow guests to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend around two hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from our specialist Nature Guide who mingles with guests. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins.

If you wish to pre-purchase a picnic lunch, please contact the supplier directly after making your booking.

The coach travel from Queenstown is around 5 hours and around 2.5 from Te Anau (one way). The cruise is 2 hours long.
Please note, the cruise will take place on board a wide selection of purpose built RealNZ boats.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on our leisurely Nature Cruise.

As you cruise the length of the fiord, learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguins.

Our Nature Cruises have a flexible, extended itinerary which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take in the highlights. Our experienced skippers will tailor the cruise route on the day depending on the weather and wildlife sightings to ensure you get to see the best that Milford Sound has to offer. Informative, participative and more relaxed, a Nature Cruise is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours (one-way) from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau by road. We have specially designed luxury coaches* that can get you there from both these towns or if you prefer we can get you there on one of our scenic flights. You could also drive yourself to Milford. The best way to enjoy the Milford Road, one of the worlds finest alpine roads without having to worry about the often tricky driving conditions, is on one of our coaches. Our experienced coach drivers know all the right places to stop and take in the magnificent views of the Milford Road. Along the way, they will provide you with informative commentary about the region, its history and natural surroundings.


All Fees and Taxes

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry/Admission - Lake Te Anau

Entry/Admission - Eglinton Valley

Entry/Admission - Mirror Lakes Walk

Entry/Admission - Milford Sound


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Lunch (but available at extra cost)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions

Please dress appropriately

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Infant and Child rates are the same for this product

Children must be accompanied by an adult

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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 21-Oct-2022

    Great bus experience, driver very informative and friendly. Boat trip was a good ride through the sounds. Very lucky with excellent sunny day.

  • 08-Oct-2022

    Went with Great Sights tour. The bus driver was 22, the youngest driver in NZ. I absolutely loved the cheeky Kea at Monkey River and the Beautiful Mirror Lake. The catermaran Gen of the Sound was well equipped.

  • 05-Oct-2022

    Hello Gill! You did a good job in showing us around Te Anau and Milford Sound. Keep up the good job! Take care and hope to see you again

  • 26-Sep-2022

    Stopped to see some wild Kia birds and some pretty sights with snow capped mountains. The lunch was fish & chips … absolutely beautiful fish so fresh. Saw some seals and a penguin too. Spectacular sights

  • 10-Sep-2022

    A very full 12 hour experience, but one that we highly recommend!!! This was our second cruise around Milford Sound, but our first bus tour into the area from Queenstown. The bus tour is half the experience...starting with our wonderful driver Hudson. He's very knowledgeable, funny and drove us safely there and back. The beautiful snow topped mountains we saw, the waterfalls, lovely forests were all such a wonderful experience and to top it off the day was clear and sunny. The cruise around Milford sound was a great way to spend 2 1/2 hours, staff were very friendly, food is available on board and the commentary very informative. We were lucky enough to be surrounded by dolphins and could watch seals sunning themselves on rocks. A long day, but a really terrific one with special thanks to our driver Hudson who made the trip such a fun one!!

  • 07-Sep-2022

    I had a fantastic experience on this trip! Our tour guide/bus driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed her commentary on the bus to Milford Sound. The nature guides on the boat in the Sound were also very knowledgeable, and able to point out interesting features and wildlife. I was very excited to see fur seals! The boat and bus were very nice, and the food was pretty good.

  • 28-Aug-2022

    Exceptional customer service, everything ran smoothly from the on time taxi pick-up to the coach driver Gill. Was able to stop at some extra photo stops along the way. Amazing views and no rain insight. NZ definitely showing off today. Decided to fly back because of the clear skies and it was breathtaking. Pilot wonderful and they arranged taxi drop off. Certainly recommend RealNZ.

  • 21-Aug-2022

    We went on a very rainy day where unfortunately even rain jacket doesn’t cut it when you want to be outside the boat on the deck to take some photos of the amazing sights. Pro tip- on rainy weather, bring towels and change of clothes. The experience was great, from coach and cruise it was really good value. We were going to take a flight back but due to poor weather it was not possible. Refund of the incomplete portion was simple and prompt. Ian, our coach driver was a great tour guide. He shared a lot of interesting stories of the land, history and facts along the 5.5hr journey which we wouldn’t know otherwise, so thank you!

  • 19-Aug-2022

    1000% recommend! As a kiwi doing the tour for 1st time I was very impressed by how informative, organised, and exciting the experience was. Our guide and coach driver Ian was knowledgeable and interactive with the large group. The cruise speaks for itself - amazing views like no other. Though it was a very wet day, the whole day was beautiful and even got to spot some local dolphins. It was good that the cruise goes up close and stops by the large 100m+ falls for photo opps too. Thoroughly enjoyed and will be coming back again for this tour! Thanks team! :)

  • 09-Aug-2022

    fantastic trip the bus trip from Te Anau to Milford itself was a highlight passing huge snow covered mountains ,lakes and ever changing landscapes. Followed by a cruise through the majestic Milford sound This trip is a must do.

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