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* This tour requires at least one of the following per booking: Adult, Senior
Journey in comfort on one of our brand new, low-emission coaches and take in incredible, panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound. Enjoy entertaining commentary, and let us show you the best stops along the way as you connect seamlessly to your Milford Sound cruise.
Discover native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains on our extended Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and close enough to feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls Waterfall. Specialist nature guide on board sharing their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary.
Freshly prepared Lunch included alongside FREE tea and coffee with a licensed bar on board.
Informative commentary provided by local coach driver
Skippers providing informative commentary on board cruise
Return transport from Te Anau to Milford Sound on a premium coach
FREE tea and coffee on board cruise
USB charging ports on board coach
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Freshly prepared Lunch
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
80 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
Te Anau, Te Anau, New Zealand 10.00am Coach pick-up from Southern Discoveries Visitor Centre (80 Lakefront Drive Te Anau)
• Travel on a premium glass-roof coach, equipped with reclining seats, extra legroom, air-conditioning
• USB charging ports and onboard toilet
• Experienced, local coach drivers provide engaging and informative commentary, and show you the best short walks and photo stops along the Milford Road
• Coach connects with our Milford Sound Nature Cruise 1 hour 45min cruise of Milford Sound
• Skipper provides entertaining and informative commentary
• Freshly Packed Picnic Lunch is included if purchased
• FREE tea and coffee
Te Anau, Te Anau, New Zealand Te Anau is a beautiful town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known as a gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. The region is home to endangered, flightless takahē birds and abundant trout in Lake Te Anau. Here is where your day trip will start from, you can meet us at the Southern Discoveries Visitor Centre on 80 Lakefront Drive at 9:45am. 20 minutes
Mirror Lakes Walk, New Zealand Enjoy a stroll among small lakes with stunning reflections of the Earl Mountains, should weather be permissive on the day. This is an easy, short walk off the Milford Road. 15 minutes
Eglinton Valley Camp 6178 Te Anau Milford Highway, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand Interpretation panels show the effect of avalanches on the Milford Road and provide information on the wildlife of the Eglinton Valley. Visitor amenities include toilets and a telephone (card payment only). 10 minutes
Monkey Creek, Milford Sound, New Zealand Take in great views of the upper Hollyford Valley while you fill up your water bottle from this glacier fed spring. Friendly Keas (a New Zealand alpine parrot) love this area so it's a great stop for some kea spotting. 10 minutes
Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound, New Zealand This beautiful valley is glaciated with steep sides and a flat floor. It's between half a kilometre to two kilometres wide and has a shingle riverbed floor, which is constantly being changed by the Eglinton River. This is an incredible stop you will make as apart of your journey to Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries. 10 minutes
Lake Gunn, New Zealand Lake Gunn is a strikingly beautiful lake in the South Island of New Zealand.
Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound, New Zealand At an altitude of 945 metres above sea level and 1.2 kilometres in length, the unlined road tunnel allows access through sheer rock to Milford Sound with a gradient of 1 in 10. Completed in 1953, traffic lights control the traffic flow through the tunnel. An incredible part of your journey along the Milford Road.
Cleddau River, Southland 9679, New Zealand The Cleddau River is a beautiful river of New Zealand. It flows into the head of Milford Sound. You'll see many parts of this river as you journey along the Milford Sound road.
Milford Sound, Milford Sound, New Zealand Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Southern Discoveries cruises are a popular way to explore. 130 minutes
Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand Exchange your pass and board your Nature cruise. Your journey on the water starts here!
Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand The stunning Lady Bowen Falls is Milford’s highest waterfall. It plunges 162m from a hanging valley into the head of Milford Sound and provides electricity for the Milford Sound township by feeding a small hydroelectric scheme, as well as being the water source for the settlement.
Sinbad Gully, Southland 9679, New Zealand Nestled behind the world famous Mitre Peak, the Sinbad Gully is characterised by extremely steep glacially carved walls punctuated by near vertical granite cliffs. These walls slowed pest invasion into the gully and as a result a number of unique native species remain in the Sinbad.
Southern Discoveries is passionate about preserving Milford Sound’s beauty for future generations which is why it’s a key partner in a major conservation project – the Sinbad Sanctuary Project.
The aim is to see the valley of New Zealand’s most photographed mountain (Sinbad Gully is at the base of Mitre Peak) become a sanctuary for native species.
Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand Milford’s second-highest waterfall is the Stirling Falls, a staggering 151m in height – three times the height of Niagara Falls, but the 1,300m mountain behind displaces this incredible height. This is the famous waterfall that Hugh Jackman ‘jumped off’ in the movie Wolverine. The sheer drop of the Stirling Falls allows boats to get right underneath – it’s an incredible feeling to have the power of 151m worth of glacial water falling so close to you.
Mitre Peak, Southland 9679, New Zealand Mitre Peak is a beautifully dramatic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand, located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed mountain peaks in the entire country.
Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Sunscreen and insect repellent advisable
Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the operator. These must be provided by the parent or caregiver - without this you may be turned away and unable to travel - please be prepared.
If you booked before 24th November 2022 you will receive a picnic lunch not buffet. You do however have the option to upgrade to buffet lunch at an additional cost on check in
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
13 Mar 2023
The whole experience. We can’t pick one thing. It was great to be able to see so many waterfalls and get up close to the two big ones. The grandure of the mountains. Wonderful wonderful day.
09 Feb 2023
The coach ride was good with the commentary. Boarding the boat was chaotic and we had to wait for half an hour.
09 Feb 2023
Not getting seat together on bus on way to milford sound, then
On return trip managed to get seats together but having people arguing they were their seats not a good experience for money you pay
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