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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

Including a return coach trip from Queenstown, this package combines the transport with a wonderful nature cruise of Milford sound into a great package.

Highlights

Extended Nature Cruise of the fiord
FREE swap to Doubtful Sound if road is closed
Te Anau for a morning tea break
Spectacular Milford Road
Dedicated nature guide
Complimentary tea and coffee on board

What you need to know

Take the hassle out of getting to the launching point for your nature cruise of Milford Sound with this great value package - the cruise itself is not the only spectacular part of the journey as the Milford Road upon which the coach travels to take you to your destination is one of the most impressive alpine drives in the world, full of exceptional scenery. With a range of natural features that includes broad grassy flats, dense rainforests, towering mountains, glacial lakes and fields of alpine herbs.

Once the coach journey is over, you'll then embark on an amazing cruise that will provide you with close-up, detailed views of the rainforest, soaring rock walls, and wildlife of Milford Sound as your knowledgeable guides share stories of the history and geography of this magnificent fiord. Cruise up close to cascading waterfalls, drift gently while keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals and penguins, and more on this great nature cruise that is suitable for all ages!

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Inclusions

  • Extended and interactive full length fiord cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Queenstown glass-roofed coach connection
  • Dedicated nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region's history, flora and fauna
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities including seals, penguins and dolphins

Lunch Options

  • Lunch is an optional extra and must be pre-booked

Picnic Lunch

  • Sandwich – ham. egg, tomato, lettuce, cheese
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Piece of Fruit – Fresh Fruit of the season
  • Biscuit
  • Chocolate Bar
  • Olives
  • Mineral Water
  • Nut Snack
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee available on all vessels

Obento

  • Miso Soup
  • Salmon and Avocado Maki
  • Cucumber Sushi Roll
  • Tuna Nigiri
  • Inari Sushi
  • Steamed Banana Prawns
  • Marinated Tofu
  • Poached Teriyaki Chicken
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Soba Noodles, rice and accompaniments such as soy sauce and wasabi

Indian Lunch Box (vegetarian)

  • Spring rolls, Samosas
  • Onion Salad with Lettuce
  • Dahl
  • Vegetable Curry, Rice
  • Naan bread
  • Mango Pickle
  • Fruit Selection
  • Plain Yoghurt
  • Ice cream
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee

If you require a vegetarian lunch, or have any other special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process. Please order the lunch you would like when you make your booking. This cruise uses halal certified meat in Milford Sound.

Note: Lunch menus are indicative only.

Highlights

  • Return luxury glass-roofed coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound with an extended Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea
  • Boarding a luxury glass-roofed 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, continuing 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks
  • Keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season

What to bring

  • Non-slip shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

Tour Times

  • 6.55am - 7.45pm from 1 May - 30 Sep
  • 7.15am - 8pm from 1 Oct - 30 Apr
  • This is a 12 hour 30 minute/45 minute round trip

Hotel Pickup

If you have booked a hotel

  • Prior to completing your purchase, enter your hotel name in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you have not yet booked a hotel

  • If you have not yet booked a hotel, enter the words 'hotel not known' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you do not require a hotel pick up

  • If you do not require a hotel pick up and will be meeting the tour at the tour departure point, enter the words 'not required' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour. Tour departure point is listed above and on your confirmation tour voucher

Additional Information

Coach Information

  • All coaches are Volvo coaches with reclining seats and air-conditioning, purpose built for the Milford Road. All coaches feature glass roofs for spectacular viewing and also have sloping floors and angled seating to enhance viewing comfort

Cruise Vessel Information

  • The Milford Sound Nature Cruises interchange between 3 vessels - Milford Mariner, MV Sinbad and Milford Wanderer.
  • The Milford Mariner is a traditional style motor vessel with staysail and schooner-rigged sails. It has a dining saloon, observation lounge and three viewing deck
  • It holds up to 150 people and is 40 metres in length. The Milford Wanderer is of similar nature.
  • This vessel has gaff-rigged ketch sails, 2 viewing decks and holds up to 90 people
  • The MV Sinbad holds up to 99 passengers and is a purpose built motor vessel mono hull

Languages

  • Foreign language interpretation hand-out sheets are available in 8 different languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Japanese). This cruise is an English only commentary cruise

Terms And Conditions

Winter Special - Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Coach from Queenstown with Picnic Lunch

  • Offer is valid for travel until 30 September 2019
  • Offer is applicable to adult and child rates as listed
  • Promotion cannot be used with any other discount unless specified
  • Please note that the operator reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, alter tickets prices and substitute plant or equipment at any time

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

88 Beach St, Queenstown, NZ 9197