Te Anau to Milford Sound Tours

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From Te Anau: Milford Sound Cruise + Underwater Observatory

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  • Go beyond the usual with Milford Sound's longest cruise. This is the only cruise that takes you to an underwater observatory and the secluded coves.
  • See what lies beneath the surface at New Zealand's only underwater observatory. Witness rare black coral and find out the survival secrets of deep-sea dwellers.
  • With 3 full hours onboard, cruise from the iconic Mitre Peak to hidden gems like Fairy Fall and Seal Rock. Plus the small vessel makes it all more personal and quiet.
  • Get the best views from both – the outdoor deck or indoors. Feel the waterfalls’ refreshing spray or spot penguins, seals, and dolphins.
  • Enjoy refreshments onboard and tap into a sea of knowledge with the multilingual app. Plus, transfers from Te Anau are all part of the deal.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip coach drive between Te Anau meeting point & Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Entry to underwater observatory
  • Local driver/guide
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on-board
  • Drive from Te Anau (meeting point) to Milford Sound by AC coach
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Cruise route: Bowen Falls, Mitre Peak, Harrison Cove, Underwater Observatory, Stirling Falls, Four Sisters, Hanging Garden, Copper Point, Fairy Falls, Seal Rock, Dale Point, Anita Bay
  • Drop-off at meeting point
  • Tip: For the best view of Milford Sound's wildlife, pack a pair of binoculars! You might just spot some rare visitors like the Dusky dolphin or the Fiordland Crested Penguin.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, a day pack containing warm clothing including a thermal hat and gloves, sunhat and sunglasses, a waterproof jacket, a filled reusable water bottle, and a camera.
  • This experience is wheelchair accessible. However, there are no wheelchair-accessible toilets onboard the vessel.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Te Anau: Milford Cruise, Nature Walk, Lunch & Return Transfers

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  • Take a coach trip from Te Anau, stopping for short walks and photo ops at must-visit sights like Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley with a local guide.
  • A local experience guide will share stories and knowledge about the area as you travel through Fiordland’s famous National Park.
  • Join the Milford Sound cruise sailing towards the Tasman Sea. Look out for seals, dolphins, and penguins, and enjoy the untamed scenery.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst glacier-carved landscapes followed by tea and coffee.
  • Upgrade to include extended guided walks. Hike to Lake Mistletoe, Lake Gunn, Homer Tunnel, and the sandy foreshore for classic views of Mitre Peak.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip coach drive between Te Anau & Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Local driver/guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on-board
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off (based on option selected)
  • Guided nature walks (based on option selected)
  • Pick up from Te Anau
  • Scenic drive to Milford Sound by air-conditioned coach
  • Photo ops stop at Te Anau Downs, Eglinton Valley & more
  • Short walks or extended guided walks around Lake Mistletoe, Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn & more
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Drop-off at Te Anau
  • Tip: Bring comfortable walking shoes, a day pack containing warm clothing including a thermal hat and gloves, sunhat and sunglasses, a waterproof jacket, a filled reusable water bottle, and a camera.
  • If you are self-driving, we would recommend booking a guided tour with transfers as the route from Te Anau to Milford Sound can be tricky. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing views on the route with live commentary while our expert guides take care of everything else.
  • The stops along Milford Road including Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, and Monkey Creek, are accessible depending on the weather and road conditions.
  • The tour departs daily, year-round excluding Christmas Day, 25 December.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Cruises in Milford SoundTe Anau to Milford Sound

Don't just travel to Milford Sound from Te Anau, live and breathe the experience.  From luxurious coach transfers to guided nature walks, tours, and Milford Sound cruises— your Te Anau to Milford Sound trip will be sorted end-to-end without you breaking a sweat. Read on to know your best tour options, transfer information, sights you'll see, and other details you'll need to make your Milford Sound adventure perfect.

Your Te Anau to Milford Sound tour options

Lake Te Anau in Day Tour to Milford Sound and Cruise

From Te Anau: Milford Cruise, Nature Walk, Lunch & Return Transfers

  • Enjoy a round-trip guided tour in a glass-roof AC coach (with WiFi) from Te Anau to Milford Sound, taking in the stunning landscapes along Milford Road like Eglinton Valley.
  • Set sail on a 2-hour Milford Sound cruise with wildlife spotting from the outer deck. Revel in short walks at hot spots like Pops Lookout and Christie Falls, showcasing Milford Sound's unique geology.
  • Upgrade for extended guided walks to Gertrude Valley, Lake Gunn, and Homer Tunnel. Indulge in a picnic lunch amidst glacier-carved landscapes, with a chance to hike to the Sandy Flypoint for views of the legendary Mitre Peak

Duration: 8 hours

Timings: 8 AM, 8:30 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM

Guests taking a tour of Milford Track

From Te Anau: Milford Track, Cruise & Return Transfers

  • Travel seamlessly from Te Anau to Milford Sound with round-trip glass-roof AC coach transfers, hotel pick-ups, and drop-offs. 
  • Experience dual delights at Milford Sound on first a guided nature walk and then a scenic fjord cruise.
  • Explore one of New Zealand's Great Walks, Milford Track, in a small group with an expert guide. Navigate 5.5 km through ancient rainforest and alpine landscapes. Indulge in a tea break at Giant Gates Waterfall.
  • Board a spacious vessel and cruise Milford Sound, soaking in views of Mitre Peak, Pembroke Glacier, and cascading waterfalls from both indoor and outdoor decks. 

Duration: 12 hours

Timings: 6:30 AM

Why take a Te Anau to Milford Sound tour?

Eglinton Valley in Day Tour to Milford Sound
  • Seamless transfers: Enjoy the convenience of guided round-trip transfers in an AC coach from Te Anau, featuring a glass roof for better views. Opt for hotel pick-ups and drop-offs for added comfort. Absorb the stunning landscapes along Milford Road, including Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Lake Te Anau, and more. 
  • Guided Milford Track experience: Get the most out of Milford Sound nature experiences with a guided walk. Hike and picnic at Milford Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks, covering 5.5 km to Giant Gate waterfalls. You’ll spot local fauna and flora, such as the Kea bird and Mt. Cook lilies, huddled in their native spots.
  • Guided cruise: Get up-close views of Milford Sound’s finest views including Mitre Peak, Pembroke Glacier, waterfalls like Bridal Viel Falls, and Sutherland Falls. Delight in the experience from both indoor and outdoor decks.
  • Live commentary: Learn about Milford Sound and Milford Track’s history, facts, and local legends from native expert guides. Also, enjoy insider tips to enhance your experience.

Sights to see on a Te Anau to Milford Sound tour

The Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour is packed with fun-filled activities, especially for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Take a look at some of the highlights awaiting you.

Guests along the Milford Track

Milford Track

Often referred to as "the finest walk in the world", the Milford Track is nestled in the heart of Fiordland National Park. It's a 53.5 km (33.2 mi) hiking trail renowned for its stunning beauty and challenging terrain. While it takes 4 days to complete the entire trail, you can enjoy a slice of the track on your Te Anau to Milford Sound tour.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound

Nestled within Fiordland National Park in New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a captivating fiord flanked by majestic mountains like Mitre Peak and waterfalls that plunge dramatically into the fiord. Often hailed as one of the world's best natural wonders, it's also a haven for rare wildlife like Fiordland crested penguins and New Zealand fur seals.

Gertrude Saddle Route, Southland, New Zealand

Gertrude Valley

Nestled within Fiordland National Park's epic landscape, Gertrude Valley is a glacial valley carved by ancient ice. Lush ferns and moss cling to the steep slopes, while cascading waterfalls tumble down the rock face, feeding turquoise streams that wind their way through the valley floor.

Lake Gunn, New Zealand

Lake Gunn

Lake Gunn, located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, is a tranquil alpine lake known for its glassy waters and serene atmosphere. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush native forests, the lake offers a breathtaking reflection of the surrounding scenery.

The Gantry at Marian lake track, New Zealand

The Marian Gantry

The Marian Gantry, perched high above the Hollyford Valley, offers breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding landscape. This viewpoint lets you soak in the vastness of the Fiordland National Park, showcasing snow-capped mountains, valleys carved by ancient glaciers, and the winding Hollyford River snaking its way through the wilderness.

Lake Te Anau at Sunset

Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island of New Zealand, is a mesmerizing body of water surrounded by towering mountains and ancient beech forests. This glacial lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, offering a haven for boating, kayaking, and fishing.

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this park is a vast wilderness encompassing mountains, glaciers, fiords, rainforests, and pristine lakes. This protected area is home to diverse wildlife, including penguins, fur seals, dolphins, and rare birds. Fiordland offers a variety of hiking trails, boat tours, scenic flights, and kayaking opportunities.

Families at Eglinton Valley

Eglinton Valley

The Eglinton Valley, carved by glaciers millions of years ago, is a picturesque valley nestled within Fiordland National Park. Lush rainforest covers the valley floor, while snow-capped peaks and waterfalls create a dramatic backdrop.

Giant Gate Waterfalls

Giant Gate Waterfalls

The Giant Gate Waterfalls, located near the end of the Milford Track, are a spectacular sight. Cascading down multiple tiers, the falls create a powerful display of nature's forces. You can admire the falls from a viewing platform or take a short walk to the base of the falls for an even closer experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour

How much does a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour cost?

Tours usually start from NZ$185 and include round-trip transfers, nature walks and meals.

Which is the best Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour tour?

The Milford Track, Cruise & Return Transfers is the best Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour if you’re looking to explore both Milford Sound and Milford Track and are an outdoors adventure enthusiast.  The Milford Cruise, Nature Walk, Lunch & Return Transfers tour is a good option if you’re on a budget and short on time as well.

Why should I opt for a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour and what does it include?

You should opt for a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour to explore Milford Sound conveniently and without hassles. The tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-offs from Te Anau in a glass-roof AC coach, guided nature walks to Milford Track, complimentary tea, coffee, and water, and a water taxi to Sandfly Point. You also get to hop on Milford Sound cruise, and more depending on the selected tour.

How long does a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour last?

A Te Anau to Milford Sound typically takes about 8 to 12 hours depending on your itinerary, inclusions, and additional experiences.

What parts of the Milford Sound can I access with a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour?

You can access the Milford Track, Giant Gate, and sights Milford Sound cruise with a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour.

What is the cancellation policy for a Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour?

You can cancel your tickets and get a full refund 24 hours before the tour starts.

Are Te Anau to Milford Sound Tour suitable for children?

While the Milford Sound cruise is safe and suitable for children, please note that the hike to Milford Track is not suitable for children under 8 years.