Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Milford Sound (Coach - Nature Cruise - Coach)

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Milford Sound (Coach - Nature Cruise - Coach)

On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau for a morning tea break. From Te Anau, the coach then continues along the spectacular Milford Road through impressive alpine scenery. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. The coach driver provides a commentary and interpretation material is available in foreign languages.

On reaching Milford Sound board a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Nature Cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary that allows plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife and have special appeal for the independent traveller.

An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone.

There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks; and keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season.

Lunch option and complimentary tea and coffee are available on all vessels. Following the cruise return to Queenstown by luxury coach. Suitable for all ages.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Price: From (NZD) $209 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: RJ201


Luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound & return
Extended Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea for 2hrs 30mins (2 hrs in winter)
Morning and Afternoon Tea
*Picnic Lunch (at additional cost and must be pre-ordered). Café style food is available for purchase on board the vessels
Pick up / drop offs from select Queenstown accommodations

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown or selected accommodation properties in the Queenstown area
  • Departure Times: 7.15am (1 Oct-30 Apr) & 6.55am (1 May-30 Sep)
  • Duration: 13 hours (12 hours, 50 minutes in winter) (approximately)
  • Return Details: 8.00pm (1 Oct-30 Apr) & 7.45pm (1 May-30 Sep)
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-14 years inclusive (0-4 years years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • What to Bring: Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera
  • Specialist commentary in English is provided on board the vessel and by the coach driver. Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai
  • Luxury 47 seater Volvo coaches with reclining seats and air conditioning.
  • Experienced drivers have extensive knowledge of the Queenstown, Te Anau and Fiordland regions
  • Cruise on the Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer or MV Sinbad. The vessel used for the nature cruise may interchange to suit operational and capacity requirements
  • *Picnic lunch contains sandwich (fresh salad & cold meat), Scroggin energy mix, Fruit juice, Cheese and crackers, Cookie, Fresh fruit (seasonal) & Complimentary tea or coffee

Tourism Affiliations

Tourism Industry MemberQualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver


There are 11 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Adrian was informative funny entertaining best part off the tour
Overall Tour Rating

The tour was genuinely fantastic and enjoyable in every sense - the coach was very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the skylights and the view. Bruce the coach driver and guide gave an interesting commentary throughout, highlighting geographical features and lots of facts about contemporary New Zealand. We really enjoyed his relaxed style of delivery. All the stops and breaks were very well planned, making the long journey feel much shorter and more comfortable. We especially enjoyed the unexpected stops and bonuses - including viewing the mirror lakes etc. The cruise part of the trip was equally good. The boat was lovely and extremely comfortable. Again, Stu was an absolutely outstanding tour guide, with a relaxed, humorous and informed delivery. He also interacted brilliantly with the passengers off the mic, and gave even more information informally. We were pleased we chose the Nature Cruise. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
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Milford Sound is stunning!! I was with a family and friends and we all loved the trip. Time spent on bus was tiring but overall the day was great. Would recommend to anyone going to NZ to make sure they get there.
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We were very pleased with your services. From the people in the booking office to the bus driver and the people on the boat. Everybody was very friendly, helpful, competent and efficient. I would recommend you anytime! Thank you for your good work. All the best.
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My enjoyment of this tour might have been hampered by the fact that I've already seen the fjords in Norway, and those were much more majestic. There was nothing wrong with the tour itself, everything was organized and efficient, the lunch included in our package was fresh, and our bus driver and skipper had a vast knowledge of the country and the fjords. There was just nothing in particular that really stood out. If i was a bigger nature person, however, I would probably have given this tour a higher rating.
Overall Tour Rating

Excellent organisation, luxurious coach and an excellent and informative driver. Tracey was our driver on the day and she was extremely knowledgeable as she gave her commentary en route. She is also a brilliant driver - how she does it all at the same time I don't know! Stop offs along the way to take photographs were very welcome. The cruise through Milford Sound was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were blessed with good weather which made the day complete. Thank you to all.
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This is a long day with four hours sat in a coach at the beginning and end, we would be careful of this in future. The scenery was stunning despite the very wet weather and the cruise was interesting. All staff involved were very good.
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One of the most beautiful places in the world - Milford Sound - was made more breath taking when my wife and I take the cruise with Relaxing Journeys. Will never forget the experience...Love it!
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We had a great trip. The wetest day of our holiday but the scenery was fantastic.
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Please arrange for vegeterian food next time
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Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Milford Sound (Coach - Nature Cruise - Coach)
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Tour Code: RJ201
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11 reviews (4.4/5)

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