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New Zealand / South Island

1 Day Milford Sound Experience - Altitude Tours

4.5 (4 reviews)



  • Our Milford Sound day tour was established in 1994 and is a top-rated small group Milford Experience.
  • We allow our guests to escape the crowds and offer a truly unique day, showcasing this world famous region.
  • On this full day tour to Milford Sound enjoy guided commentary touring to and from Milford Sound with our experienced guides.
  • Our small group tours give our guests the ability to get to know the driver and each other, creating a more personal and memorable experience.
  • Once in Milford Sound, we join a stunning two hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord – see waterfalls, fur seals, penguins and occasionally dolphins.
  • Enjoy fun and informative commentary from your nature guide, and plenty of off-the-beaten-track visits away from the crowds.
  • We have custom made, 16 seat, Mercedes touring vehicles. This is business class travel with extended legroom, leather interior, panoramic windows for the best views, and USB charging ports onboard.
  • Travelling to Milford is a 12-13 hour day from Queenstown. Our smaller vehicles give us the opportunity to stay away from the crowds as well as more flexibility with where we stop on the journey.


  • Premium transport in a Mercedes Sprinter van.
  • A personal small group tour (max 16 passengers).
  • Multiple scenic stops on the famous Milford Road.
  • Informative and entertaining commentary from an experienced guide.
  • 2-hr small boat nature cruise in Milford Sound.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board the vans


Day 1 : Milford Sound Premium Small Group Experience

Embark on an extraordinary journey as our experienced guide graciously collects you from your Queenstown hotel, or a nearby location, ensuring your comfort and convenience in our premium Mercedes Sprinter van. Brace yourself for a bucket list-worthy day tour, venturing deep into the heart of the famed Fiordland National Park, where the awe-inspiring Milford Sound awaits. As we set forth on this adventure, cherish the intimacy of a small group setting, with a maximum of 16 passengers, allowing for a more personal and immersive experience. Our knowledgeable guide will regale you with entertaining commentary and captivating stories, enriching your trip with fascinating insights into the region's history and natural wonders. Prepare to be captivated as we make multiple scenic stops along the renowned Milford Road, a route that weaves through breathtaking landscapes, offering glimpses of Mother Nature's grandeur at every turn. During the journey, we'll pause for a refreshing break near the picturesque Te Anau, allowing you to soak in the tranquil surroundings and rejuvenate before continuing our expedition. Finally, the pièce de résistance awaits as we arrive at Milford Sound. Here, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing 2-hour small boat nature cruise, an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Behold the majesty of towering fiords, pristine waters, and cascading waterfalls, all while basking in the serenity of this natural wonderland. So, join us on this enchanting escapade, where every moment is crafted to perfection, from the moment we pick you up until we bid farewell. A day filled with unforgettable sights, cherished camaraderie, and the sheer magnificence of Milford Sound awaits you!

Meals: None

Pickups / Departures

Departs: Daily

Pickup: 7:30am from Queenstown.

Hotel pick-ups are available from most accommodations around Queenstown, and main bus stops.

Though, we don't pick up from AirBnb's, we can advise the closest location to where you are staying.

For Shotover Country/Dalefield/Wanaka - Meet at Frankton Bus Shelter at 7:45am.

Returns: around 7:30pm


What to Bring:

Insect repellent and sunscreen
Warm clothing for winter
Rain jacket for waterfalls or rain

Optional Extras:

Fly back options are available.
Lunch can be added on for $27 per person, with the option between chicken, beef or vegetarian.


4.5 (4 reviews)
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Chitranganie M. 29 Nov 2023
A very efficiently done tour - a lot packed into the 12 hours. We did consider doing the drive to Milford Sound in our own vehicle but am so glad we decided not to. It is a very long drive - 3 hours one way and with the kind of stops we would have ended up doing it could have been tough fitting it into a day! I have no complaints on the vehicle itself either. On the way up there is a stop for a quick breakfast. You could also pick up a sandwich or snack for en route. We opted for the tour sans the sandwich and were glad we did. There really is not much time to sit and eat anyway. The cruise itself take you through some stunning sights. They take you up close to one of the water falls - glacial facility they call it!. The falls themselves are not remarkable though.
Kuba C. 28 Nov 2023
Oh guys that was awesome. Our guide Andy was so gentle, informative, professional, just wow, love this man. These memories will stay forever, thank you for that!
Jude T. 24 Nov 2023
We had an amazing day out with Chelsea as our tour guide, she was informative, knowledgeable and very clear about how our day would unfold. We could not recommend this trip higher. We stopped at the perfect spots along the way with heaps of photo opportunities. Altitude had organised for me to sit in the front as I get travel sickness, it was no trouble at all. Thanks again
Nicki K. 07 Nov 2023
Once in a lifetime experience all thanks to Altitude tours. We appreciated the hotel pick up and drop off as well as the comfortable van. The drive to Milford sound was long but the views were quite amazing. The boat tour through Milford sound was absolutely stunning. We didn’t mind the rain as the scenery was truly a sight to see. Literally brought tears to my eyes as it was so beautiful! [...] The only reason for the 4 star review was due to almost no interaction with our driver/guide. Not much talking throughout the long drive and I do appreciate learning about the places we are visiting. Still, he was very cordial and got us back to our hotel safely so was happy about that. Unfortunately I don’t remember his name as he didn’t leave a lasting impression upon us. Overall great time as visiting the fjords is a once in a lifetime experience and we left with a feeling of appreciation and awe at the beautiful world we live in.

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