Fiordland & Milford Sound

Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Buffet Lunch from Queenstown

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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with International Buffet Lunch

From US$178.61

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountain scenery on the way to Milford Sound in a glass-roofed coach. Your driver will provide commentary along the way, to keep you informed. At Milford Sound, embark on a cruise on the water, all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Interesting commentary is available in several languages. Relax and take in the views as you enjoy a buffet lunch on board.
  • Return Queenstown-Milford Sound transfers are included
  • Tea, and coffee are available on the cruise
  • Visit one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand
  • A convenient way to travel to Milford Sound from Queenstown

What's Included

  • Return transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound on premium glass-roof coach
  • USB charging ports on board coach
  • Informative commentary provided by local coach driver
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Freshly prepared Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the operator and must be supplied by yourselves.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 110 Beach Street
    110 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Please head inside the Southern Discoveries office situated at the above address (110 Beach Street, Queenstown) to check in for your trip.

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre (Pass By)


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Te Anau

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Eglinton Valley

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lake Gunn (Pass By)

Mirror Lakes Walk

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cleddau River (Pass By)

Monkey Creek

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Homer Tunnel (Pass By)

The Chasm Walk

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Milford Sound

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Mitre Peak (Pass By)

Bowen Falls (Pass By)

Sinbad Gully (Pass By)

Stirling Falls (Pass By)

Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
A very long day can be expected but definitely worth the time. Our driver and guide Gabe, was fantastic. We were lucky to have him and I suspect he is one of their best. He was funny, helpful and informative and also put all of his guests first. Many beautiful sites along the way. The cruise was full of wonderful views of waterfalls, waterfalls and waterfalls! The food served on the cruise was just "OK". Probably the only disappointment. All in all though, it was a great time and recommended. Thanks so much Gabe!


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Stan is the best
Liya_X, Sept 2023
Five star for Stan. He was amazing. Great knowledge and super nice and helpful. We had a great time. He’s a great driver too.
Gail_B, Sept 2023
Russel the coach driver and story teller extraordinaire, made this wonderful trip even more worthwhile. With his wicked sense of humour and history telling, he is a real asset to your company.
Great experience
LeeYen_O, Sept 2023
Amazing experience. Driver reached on time to pick us up. The driver was friendly and knowledgeable. He shared his knowledge of the locations that we passed by on our way to the cruise.
Simply amazing
Lisa_C, Aug 2023
Amazing trip, spectacular cruise, yummy buffet, excellent tour guides could not fault the entire trip. This is a definite must do to go see the best of the South Island
Remarkable & majestic nature!
Flora_M, Aug 2023
Stopped by a few places and enjoy the moment embraced by the Mather nature. An excellent trip. Coach also the tour guide is very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. A pleasant trip for sure.
Amazing experience from the beginning through to the end
Karlos_W, Aug 2023
Coach trip down to Milford sound was meet with amazing views and plenty of stop offs for perfect photo opportunities or to just take it all in. Plus Sonya is an amazing person who does an awesome job getting you there and back both safely and on time, as well as keeping you entertained on the journey with both her commentary and conversations. Then the cruise itself is spectacular, great food from the buffet lunch and unbelievable views through the fjord, if you’re lucky you may even see a penguin, seal, and dolphin. Would recommend going on a lightly rainy day during winter as to see the snow through the Hollyford Valley and the waterfalls through Milford sound itself through the fjord. Great experience, would recommended.
Spectacular journey to Millford Sound
YonathanAdi_P, Aug 2023
Very comfort couch and cruise package with southern discovery, very delicious lunch buffet, never regret. Millford Sound great view on December and January Fiordland great view on August and September
Just ok
Linda_P, Aug 2023
The bus driver/tour guide Benjamin was very knowledgeable and friendly. The bus was really comfortable and clean. I think the stop on the way there and back at the cafe/petrol station could maybe have been something different each time to add more interest and the cruise buffet was very below average.
This is a wonderful tour...
Alannah_W, Aug 2023
This is a wonderful tour trip. Visiting fiordland national park and Milford sound is a must do in NZ south island.
Definitely worth it.
Noreen_L, Aug 2023
Our driver was knowledgeable about things around in New Zealand. Gave us a little more insights to the country! Would be better if the heater works better at the end of the coach. We were kinda freezing in the coach, but we still enjoyed the ride. I would say... the 5 hours ride up and 5 hours ride down is worth it. If you are heading there during winter, GEAR UP with your warmest outfit!
Great trip
Troy_C, Aug 2023
Our bus driver Keith was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through and we loved the information. In general the bus trip and ferry were lovely and we really enjoyed it. We thought the lack of communication about our boat changing from gate 9 to 10 was a bit confusing. The tea/coffee table was a bit of a shambles by having the cups in the middle of the table, when putting things in the logical order to make a hot drink could have made it less chaotic with people trying to get around each other all at once.
Once in a lifetime sightseeing!!!
Beom_K, Aug 2023
Once in a lifetime tour we can get! Especially during winter trip! The trip we attempted was aborted due to weather and closed door half way to the destination. We were given two options, full refund or full reschedule. We were lucky as we stayed for 9 days our second trip was perfect! We were told if any part of the trip before the cruise to Fiords occurs, we were eligible to get full refund. Hurray Southern Discovery- one of the largest operator! The trip distance was about total 600km in 13 hours. We departed at 7AM and returned at 7:30PM. The driver was called Roland(?) and he was a truly safe professional driver we could relax and enjoy the trip through tough terrain. The bus trip was literally worth at least half the value of the trip. A few stops for bathroom and drinks plus photo stops. The photo stops were literally unreal. So beautiful every corner and every stops were once in a lifetime worth. Cruise to Fiords and water falls were too beautiful to put in words. The lunch on the cruiser was good enough. No issues. The sea was rough when it reached Tasman sea out of the Fiord but the cruiser was big and modern enough. I usually get sea-sick but it did not happen- probably I was too busy to take photos! I strongly recommend this tour from Queenstown plus cruise?without any hesitation!
Very Memorable Experience!
Rowena_D, Jul 2023
The Glass Roof Coach, Keith the Commentator was excellent and the views were stunning! I have told my friends to make sure they book with Southern Discovery!
An amazing day.
Leigh_R, Jul 2023
Journey was amazing…the glass top bus was a really good idea. Boat trip was better than expected. We saw dolphins and seals. It was worth every penny.
Great experience
Wendy_L, Jul 2023
The driver was marvellous and entertaining the scenery excellent the boat trip great - dolphins and seals
Yes book it
Yasmin_S, Jul 2023
Highly recommend, the stop overs and beautiful sights we saw made it worth it and the ride didn’t seem long at all. Love it so much
Wonderful trip
Han_P, Jul 2023
Scenic views of the whole journey and dolphin encounter. Coach driver cum tour guide is knowledgeable and funny.
A beautiful day out
Cassidy_H, Jul 2023
The whole journey was absolutely stunning. The bus driver was friendly and informative. We made a few stops along the way, Te Anau, Mirror Lakes etc, they were VERY quick so don’t expect time to chill out on these stops. The cruise itself was lovely. Food was delicious. It’s a long ride back to Queenstown but good for a nap!
Fantastic day , fantastic guide, fantastic value for money
William_R, Jul 2023
Keith, the tour guide was brilliant, he really knew his stuff and was a joy to listen to, he looked after everyone and kept the tour on time while making sure we got to see as much as possible, the day flew in. Boat and lunch was great, and the scenery was unbelievable, the Kia birds at Monkey Creek were hilarious, I thought the whole day was brilliant value for money and would highly recommend this company
Great tour!
Jason_H, Jul 2023
We had a great time! The driver was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He told great stories, took us to some unique places, and really kept the tour on track. The cruise was beautiful and enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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