Milford Sound (May - Oct)
Enjoy our great Kiwi hospitality while you sit back and relax in our small, comfortable, air-conditioned coaches. Take in the experience as we travel from Queenstown into the farm country of Southland and around the mountains into the breath-taking Fiordland National Park. The beauty of our Milford Sound Tours is that around every corner there is something new to discover and with our small groups, there is plenty of time to enjoy each stop
MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
Our Milford Sound Tours then link up with a spectacular Milford Sound Cruise, where the wonders of the area will unfold. Being a spacious purpose built boat, the comfortable interior has large windows for great viewing of the magnificent surroundings. Keep a look out for native wildlife such as dolphins, seals, and penguins!
The duration is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. There is complimentary tea and coffee on the boat or experience the fresh mountain water available.
Because of the cold weather during the winter months, our delicious kiwi style BBQ lunch will be served on the Milford Sound scenic cruise instead of an outdoor BBQ. The BBQ is under a glass covered viewing deck on the back of the boat and there are two warm lounge areas inside the boat. The BBQ lunch remains the same and is exclusive to BBQ Bus passengers.
There is an opportunity for a stunning flight back from Milford Sound to Queenstown at the conclusion of the cruise by fixed wing aircraft the flight takes approx 40 minutes. This flight truly is awe inspiring and gives you a chance to experience this magnificent area by land, sea and sky. Check out the information on the bus and talk to your driver/guide, bookings can be made on the day of travel, or contact our reservations team for pre book options.
The journey back is a time to reflect. We can recommend a few restaurants and bars you might like to sample on our return. We can drop you off at your accommodation or downtown.
- Pick up and drop offs from most accommodation outlets in Queenstown and 'Kiwi Country' on Miro Street in Te Anau.
- Travel in a comfortable small bus, fully air conditioned and equipped with a DVD player.
- Full commentary by friendly and experienced driver/guide.
- A great selection of sightseeing stops in the Fiordland National Park.
- Our classic Kiwi style BBQ lunch on board the Milford Sound scenic cruise.
- The delicious BBQ lunch includes New Zealand lamb and chicken kebabs, beef sausages, bread from the local bakery, fresh coleslaw salad, pasta salad and orange juice.
- Vegetarian burger patties and gluten free options available upon request.
- Optional short bush or alpine walks at breaks.
- Milford Sound Boat Cruise (duration 1 hour 45 minutes)
- Complimentary tea & coffee on the boat.
- Scenic fly back from Milford Sound options available (weather permitting) by fixed wing aeroplane.
The Fiordland National Park is located in the southwest corner of New Zealand's South Island.
It is the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks and the seventh largest in the world with an area of 12,500km2 (4826.3sq miles) The Fiordland National Park forms a large part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. During the cooler ice age periods of the past, glaciers have carved out many deep fiords, and glacial valleys.
The northern most fiord, Milford Sound is the most famous and dramatic of the 14 fiords located in the Fiordland National Park. Some of New Zealand’s largest and deepest lakes also lie partly within or in some cases completely within the Fiordland National Park's boundaries, these include Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, Lake Monowai and Lake Hauroko.
Our Milford Sound Bus Tours are certainly an amazing way to discover and explore this amazing destination.
- The Sutherland Falls on the Milford Track to the southwest of Milford Sound is one of the world’s highest at 581m (1906 feet).
- Mitre Peak is one of the most photographed mountain peaks in New Zealand, it is also one of the highest mountains in the world to rise directly from the sea, rising to 1,692m (5551feet).
- The 54 km (33 miles) Milford Track with it’s spectacular waterfalls, steep canyons and lush green rain forest is often referred to as the finest walk in the world and has been thrilling hikers for over a hundred years.
- The Homer Tunnel is 1.27km (0.75 miles) long. It took almost 20 years to build with work starting in 1935. The entrance of the tunnel’s eastern portal is the highest point on the Milford Road at an elevation of 945m (3100 feet) above sea level.
- Milford Sound NZ is in fact not a Sound but a Fiord, having been carved out by glacial activity. Its deepest point is approximately 265m (869 feet) and the length of the Fiord is 16km (9.2miles). It is surrounded by spectacular vertical cliff faces.
- Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and with an area surface size of 344km2 (133sq miles) and a maximum depth of 417m (1368 feet) it is the largest volume of fresh water in New Zealand.
- Lake Hauroko is New Zealand’s deepest lake reaching a depth of 463m (1519 feet) at its deepest point.
- Lake Manapouri is home to the Manapouri underground hydroelectric power station, it is New Zealand’s largest power station. Lake Manapouri is a natural lake and the drop between the lake and the sea is used by the power station.
Fiordland and Milford Sound weather can be very interesting and can see very dramatic changes on a day to day basis or in some cases by the hour, you can also see changes in the weather as you enter different areas of the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Fiordland and Milford Sound weather can be different around every corner.
The weather in Milford sound starts to warm up around November, and summer like conditions can last late into March. Milford Sound weather is at its warmest between the months November to March with temperatures around 18 to 25 degrees Celsius (64 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). The Autumn months of April and May bring a burst of cool mornings crisp still weather with temperatures ranging from 10 to 16 degrees Celsius (50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit) In the Winter snow capped mountain peaks make for spectacular views around Milford Sound but be prepared for frosty mornings and quite cold conditions with temperatures ranging from below 0 in the mornings to single digits in the afternoon.
While you can often enjoy the Milford Sound areas scenic beauty with cloudless skies, when traveling to Milford Sound you should also expect to see some rain with the area having an average annual rain fall of 6.8m (22 feet) making it one of the wettest places on earth. A visit to Milford Sound on a rainy day can be even more spectacular with massive temporary waterfalls cascading down the spectacular vertical cliff faces.
DEPARTURES & DURATION
Departs everyday 06:50am - 19:00pm
- Departs everyday 06:50am - 19:00pm
- Pick up and drop offs from most accommodation outlets in Queenstown available.
- Departs everyday 9:45am - 16:45pm
- Pick up from the “Kiwi Country” bus stop on Miro Street
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Child age 0-14 years old (inclusive).
- Flights are weather permitting, if flights are cancelled the flight portion of each fare will be refunded.
- All prices in NZ$ GST included.
- Bellbird Tours Ltd reserves the right to alter prices, times, itineraries or arrange alternative transportation and services.
- Trips cancelled with 24 hours notice prior to tour departure receive full refund.
- Trips cancelled less than 24hours and up to 12 hours prior to tour departure receive a 50% refund.
- Cancellations made within 12 hours of tour departure are not entitled to a refund.