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    Milford Sound Scenic Cruises
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Milford Sound Scenic Cruises

More Information about our Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Our Scenic Cruise vessels have purpose-built observation lounges and large decks. From here you’ll see just what makes the New Zealand landscape so incredible – the sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Keen eyes may observe seals basking on the rocks or the local pod of dolphins streaking through the Sound.

During your Milford Sound cruise, our crew provide commentaries in several languages. They’ll make sure you don’t miss the sightseeing highlights, including Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

As Milford Sound drifts by, treat yourself to one of our delicious lunch options – from an Indian Lunch box to a international buffet, freshly prepared on board by our chefs.

As a day trip from Queenstown or Te Anau there’s nothing that competes. So get ready to sit back and relax with a truly unforgettable Milford Sound experience.

Things you should know
  • Purpose built vessels with spacious decks designed to maximise your viewing experience
  • Delicious lunch options available (if pre-ordered, extra cost)
  • For Fly/Cruise/Fly trips only - Picnic Lunch is included in the price shown
  • Commentary in several languages on selected departures (Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and English)
  • Luxury coach connections daily from Queenstown and Te Anau (extra cost) with free transfers from most accommodation
  • Add a visit to the Milford Sound Discovery Centre (underwater observatory) - extra cost, on selected departures for self-driving customers only
  • Queenstown flightseeing options: fly both ways or fly back after coaching into Milford (weather permitting, extra cost)
Extra Info
  • All ages are welcome
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available
  • There’s a licensed bar on board
  • Snacks are also available for purchase on board

Travel with us to Milford Sound

The journey to Milford Sound is just as spectacular as the destination itself, whether you travel by road or by air. Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours (one-way) from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau by road.

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Real Journeys purpose-built coaches for the Milford Road have glass roofs and big windows

The best way to enjoy the Milford Road, one of the world’s finest alpine roads without having to worry about the often tricky driving conditions, is on one of our coaches. Travel the spectacular Milford Road in comfort and style in one of our glass-roofed coaches and take it all in. Absorb your surroundings as you listen to the fun and fact-filled commentary from the driver and they know all the right places to stop and take in the magnificent views of the Milford Road. 

If you prefer we can get you there on one of our scenic flights. 

All of our flights and coaches connect with our cruises. We can also organise helicopter flight connections if preferred.

If you decide to self-drive, do overnight in Te Anau as the trip to Milford and back from Queenstown can get very tiring. Also, leave plenty of time to stop at the many scenic trails and lookouts along the way.


Premium Package

Adult $30, Child $30 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)
For Milford Sound day coach tours departing Queenstown and 8am from Te Anau, we offer an upgrade to Premium Package.  Not suitable for infants.  This applies to the coach portion of your trip only and includes: Seating in the first two rows (max. 8 seats) of the coach plus Real Journeys branded travel pack with: bottled water (500ml), Okarito insect repellent spray, sunscreen, rain poncho, tissues & boiled sweets.  Subject to availability.

Lunch Options

International Buffet Lunch

Adult $39, Child $39 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

A selection of hot and cold dishes freshly prepared on board by our chefs. Includes steamed South Island fish, Green Lip Mussels, Chicken dish, Southland Beef (or Venison Dish), Cardrona Merino Lamb, stir-fried noodle dish, steamed dumplings (or steamed buns), traditional Korean Kimchi, steamed seasonal greens, stir-fried seasonal greens, steamed rice, 2 seasonal salads, selection of sauces and condiments.  With New Zealand local fresh fruit and Pure New Zealand Ice Cream.  Complimentary Tea and Coffee.

Picnic Lunch

Adult $20, Child $20 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

Attractively presented in an individual box: includes freshly-made cold meat & salad sandwich, cheese & crackers, olives, nut snack, biscuit, small chocolate bar, piece of seasonal fruit and mineral water.  Complimentary Tea and Coffee.
For Fly/Cruise/Fly trips ONLY, Picnic Lunch included. Just select a Picnic Lunch during the booking process and the amount will be deducted prior to final payment.

Obento Lunch - Japanese

Adult $39, Child $39 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

Attractively presented in a Japanese style lunch box containing: Salmon & avocado maki, cucumber sushi, ebi prawn, inari sushi, miso salmon, ponzu, kumara, teriyaki chicken, daikon & wakami salad, rice, furikake & miso soup. Fruit and Pure New Zealand Ice Cream.

Indian Lunch Box (Vegetarian)

Adult $33, Child $33 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

Available on selected departures. A selection of Indian dishes: Spring rolls, Samosas, Onion Salad with Lettuce, Dal, Vegetable Curry, Rice, Poppadoms, Mango Pickle, Fruit Selection, Plain Yoghurt, Ice cream, Apple, Complimentary Tea and Coffee.

Please note: If you require a vegetarian lunch, or have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process. You can order any of the lunch options when you make your booking. Menus are indicative only.

What to bring

Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.


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