Milford Sound Tour from Te Anau - Full Day

Avoid the crowds and hit the road for the best of Milford Sound and New Zealand's Fiordland National Park!

map Te Anau, New Zealand
7:30 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
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NZD $129
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Child - Zest ex Te Anau : NZD $89
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What's Included

  • Explore spectacular Fiordland National Park and discover New Zealand's natural gems
  • Enjoy scenic stops and short walks at Mirror Lakes and The Chasm
  • Experience Milford Sound on a 1-hour 40-minute cruise aboard a modern catamaran
  • Tuck into a freshly made picnic lunch
  • Enjoy free tea and coffee and an onboard bar selling espresso coffee, drinks and snacks
  • Learn about the area with local and experienced guides and boat crew supplying commentary throughout the day
  • Pick up from your Te Anau accommodation between 7.30am – 8.00am included

Why do we love this

We love the small size and flexibility of this trip, that just makes your Fiordland experience that much more special. We think the local guide commentary is pretty cool too, not to mention all the incredible scenery you'll see throughout your trip!


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Departing from Te Anau, the 'gateway to the Fiordlands', this tour gives you a taste of all New Zeland's South Island gems. Though the coach you're travelling in may be small, this tour is anything but! You'll beat the crowds travelling on this personalised tour, and the smaller vehicle sizes mean more time and flexibility to explore where others can't.

There's nothing that compares to the stunning nature of Fiordland National Park and Milford around, so get for a day you'll never forget.

Your adventure beings in Te Anau between 7.30 - 8 am. You'll experience all the beauty of this area as you drive along, stopping at points throughout the national park to soak up the scenery.

There'll be plenty of time to capture all of Fiordland’s stunning natural beauty, and you'll learn more about the area with plenty of local insight from your tour guides.

Once you reach Milford Sound, jump aboard catamaran 'the Gem of the Sound'. From here, your water adventure begins!

 With spectacular glass roofs, spacious viewing decks, and HD cameras projecting live footage from outdoors onto TV screens, the Gem has been specifically designed to capture this breathtaking spot from every angle.

Catch views from the many decks or settle inside to watch this water wonderland onscreen.

You'll cruise the full length of Milford Sound right out to the Tasman sea, and take in all the spectacular scenery as you go. Mountains rise from the deep waters of the Fiord; ancient rainforests hang from glacier-carved cliffs and fairytale waterfalls cascade into the ocean below. There truly is nowhere else like it in the world. 

As you travel, keep your eyes out for fur seals relaxing on the rocks and playing in the water just metres away. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot dolphins surfing the wake of the bow,  or catch a glimpse of the very rare Fiordland Crested Penguin!

After a 1 hour 40 minute cruise, its time to head back to shore and back to Te Anau.

Now is the time to make the most of this area's scenic stops, as the majority of the crowds have left for the day. Enjoy short walks at Mirror Lakes and The Chasm and discover some of the South Islands most incredible wilderness sights!

You'll arrive back in Te Anau at approximately 4 pm. 

Please Note

Departs daily from Te Anau at 8:00 am (Pickups from 7:30 am)

This tour is approximately 7.5 hours. You will arrive back in Te Anau by 4 pm

Complimentary pick up from central Te Anau accommodation. Please confirm with Jucy before departure. 

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You can pay for your cruise using EFTPOS or Credit Card at the booking desk, but it’s a good idea to bring some cash for refreshments on the boat as we cannot provide EFTPOS facilities on board. 


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There is no ATM in Milford Sound – make sure you bring all the cash that you think you will need. The last ATM available before Milford Sound is located in Te Anau.


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Milford Sound is acknowledged to be one of the wettest places in New Zealand with over 180 rain days, so a jacket and other warm clothing are advised as the weather can be very unpredictable all year round. You'll definitely require a rain jacket if you decide to take advantage of Milford's free shower service underneath one of the waterfalls.


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It's not uncommon for Bottlenose Dolphins to make their way into Milford Sound. They love to play in the boats wake so keep your camera handy!


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Milford Sound is stunning in any weather. The more it rains the more waterfalls you will see. Some people argue Milford is more spectacular in the rain as the surrounding mountains come alive with countless waterfalls that you don't see on a sunny day.


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Cellphone coverage finishes a very short way along the Milford road once you have left Te Anau. There are emergency phones at certain locations along the road including the Homer Tunnel. At the Milford Sound terminal, WiFi is available and credit can be bought at the JUCY Cruise desk.


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Here's an idea of must-have items:

  • Cash - to pay for purchases on the boat.
  • A rain jacket - even on a sunny day the waterfalls will get you wet.
  • A camera - to record your day.
  • Sunglasses - it can be bright if the sun is shining!
  • Finally, if you are self-driving, a full tank of petrol when leaving Te Anau.
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Terms & Conditions:

  • The itinerary is correct at the time of publication and will be adhered to within reason, but may be changed due to weather or safety conditions or at the discretion of Cruising Milford Sound Ltd.

  • Where food is included in the price of your package, Cruising Milford Sound Ltd. will endeavour to meet dietary requests but this may not always be possible.

  • Changes to itinerary, inclusions, pick-up times or the use of third-party operators shall not give the traveller a right of cancellation or refund.


Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations more than 24 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the cost

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Pickup Locations
  • 1. To Be Confirmed
  • Accommodation Fiordland
  • Aden Motel
  • Adventure Fiordland Info Centre (pickup from in front of Kiwi Country, Town Centre)
  • Alpenhorn Motel
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  • Accommodation Fiordland
  • Aden Motel
  • Adventure Fiordland Info Centre (pickup from in front of Kiwi Country, Town Centre)
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