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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

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Admire the spectacular sights of Milford Sound on a scenic cruise! As you marvel at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, see dolphins, seals and penguins against a backdrop of cascading waterfalls and a lush rainforest. If you want to see more stunning scenery, take an optional bus tour from Queenstown or Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, stopping for short, guided walks and plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
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    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Milford Sound
    Stop: 2 hours -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Milford Sound scenic cruise with indoor and outdoor viewing spaces
  • Chance to see dolphins, seals, and penguins in the wild
  • Book transportation and cruise together so you don’t miss the boat
  • Convenient pickup available at Te Anau or Queenstown hotels
What to Expect
Meet at the pier in Milford Sound, where you board your boat for a scenic cruise along Milford Sound. As you marvel at the soaring cliffs and waterfalls, enjoy fresh air on deck or stay warm in an indoor cabin stocked with hot tea and water. Either spot is ideal for watching for dolphins, seals, and rare penguins, and you’ll get unobstructed views of Mitre Peak and the Tasman Sea before returning to shore. If you opt to book transportation to Milford Sound, meet your driver at your Queenstown or Te Anau hotel; the drive takes about four hours and two hours, respectively. Both journeys pass through Fiordland National Park’s beautiful mountain landscapes including the Hollyford Valley, the Darran Mountains, and rain forest canyons—and there are plenty of breaks to take short walks and ample photos along the way. After the cruise, your driver returns you to your hotel.
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Important Information
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1h 30m
  • 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Complimentary tea and hot water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Regular photo stops & nature walks to admire the scenery (if transport option selected)
  • Touring Coach for comfortable & relaxing travel (if transport option selected)
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Lunch, snacks, drinks, and coffee (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We took the bus from Te Anau Driver Simon had lots of great information to share I would really recommend him as someone to introduce you to the area Trip up the sound was excellent Sightings of seals and penguins Great commentary from the crew We were early in the season so no
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Response from LucyatJUCY, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hey Halpen861, Thanks for joining our JUCY Zest day tour and for taking the time to share your lovely feedback with us. Thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic time with the amazing Simon :-) We are lucky to have such a Fiordland fountain of knowledge as part of our super JUCY crew. Fantastic news you managed to spot some penguins too! It's a pretty rare occurrence so a huge bonus and great think to tick off the bucket list. Thank you so much for your recommendation, and we hope to see you on your next Milford Sound adventure, Best, Kate
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Jucy provide an awesome cruise. Plenty of space and viewing areas and plenty of areas to sit at inside if you need a break from the scenery. We drove ourselves to Milford Sound, so can't comment on the bus option. Check in was fast. We did the morning cruise so not with a
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Response from LucyatJUCY, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Hi Michelle, Thanks for choosing JUCY for your Milford Sound cruise, and for taking the time to share this lovely review. We are so thrilled that you loved your JUCY Cruise! Both of our vessels have large indoor and outdoor deck for ample viewing opportunities of the incredible scenery, and we do our best to keep our numbers to 2/3 our maximum capacity to ensure it's less crowded. Great to hear you made good use of the complimentary tea and coffee too :-) Thanks again for cruising with JUCY, and we hope you join us on your next venture into Fiordland, Best, Kate
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A must do! The prettiest place I’ve ever seen. Photos don’t and can’t to it any justice. We had the pleasure of Wayne being our bus driver for the day. I loved his stories about everything we drove past from stories about the early explorers and settlers to his own stories as
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Response from LucyatJUCY, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
Responded 15 Sep 2019
Hi Katherine, Thanks for joining our JUCY day tour to Milford Sound, and for sharing this wonderful review. Thrilled to hear that you had such a ball with Wayne! Every trip with him is indeed a pleasure, and we count our lucky stars that he's part of our awesome JUCY crew :-) Great news that you're hoping to return to Milford Sound to tackle the Great Walk, and we hope you join us for a cruise again! Thank you once again for choosing JUCY, and enjoy the rest of your trip, Best, Kate
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Amazing day travelling from Queenstown to Milford sound. Picked up right outside my hotel and upgraded to the glass top coach for free! Brendan, our driver was wonderfully cheerful but also very respectful of the fact that it was early and we were all sleepy! His commentary
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Response from LucyatJUCY, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
Responded 27 Jul 2019
Hey Redavis23, Thanks for taking our JUCY Cruiser tour to Milford Sound, and for sharing this awesome feedback with us! Wow we aim to please, but ''couldn't fault the tour in any way'' really is music to our ears! Our priority is providing top quality tours at affordable prices so it's fantastic you feel we've hit the nail on the head. Drivers like DJ Brendan make those long days melt into nothing, so we're pretty stoked that he's part of our JUCY crew :-) Thank you so much for your recommendation, and we hope you don't leave it too long to come back and visit us again, Best, Kate
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Thanks to Wayne our driver, he was absolutely superb. Such a big spectacular day with a fairly full bus, multiple cultures and personalities he catered so well for all. The tour was timely, very well priced especially compared to other companies I had used previously (almost
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Response from LucyatJUCY, Guest Relations Manager at Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour
Responded 24 Jul 2019
Hey Theresa, Thanks for joining our tour to Milford Sound, and for sharing your wonderful feedback with us. We count our lucky stars to have Wayne as part of our amazing JUCY crew. His passion is palpable, his knowledge knows no bounds and he navigates those roads beautifully every day! We are thrilled that you found our tours to be great value too; it's exactly our aim to best the value operator out there! We really appreciate your recommendation, and we hope to see you back in Fiordland again soon, Best, Kate
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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