The ultimate Milford Sound experience

28 June 2018

Milford Sound is known as the eighth wonder of the world, and it’s no wonder with its dramatic cliff faces that rise from the Tasman Sea. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime experience and a place where you don’t want to miss a thing. We have all the details for the ultimate day trip to Milford Sound.

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trip with return flight to Queenstown:

It’s an early start from Queenstown so grab your coffee to go and let us do the driving. Sit back and relax on our comfortable glass-roof coach as your local driver takes you on a spectacular journey along the Milford Road, which is an experience in itself. Enjoy informative and engaging commentary, and snap some photos during the stops and short walks along the way.

Southern Discoveries coach coming down the windy road of the Cleddau Valley after exiting the Homer tunnel

Prepare to be wowed as you arrive in Milford Sound and get your first glimpse of the famous Mitre Peak. Once you’ve boarded your cruise, make sure to grab a seat on one of the outdoor decks to take in the scenery as you pull out from the harbour. Don’t forget to look up as the boat hugs the mountains so you can appreciate the sheer height of them. With native wildlife and waterfalls appearing throughout the cruise, make sure you have your camera ready!

Stirling Falls is a cruise highlight so take your raincoat and find a spot on the front of the boat to feel the full force of the 10,000 year old waterfall. Legend says that a glacial facial from Stirling Falls can make you look 10 years younger. Even if it’s not true, it’s definitely a refreshing experience!

Feeling the full force of Stirling Falls

What really makes this day trip an ultimate one is returning to Queenstown on a scenic flight. Get a completely different perspective of the region through the window of a fixed wing plane or helicopter. As you fly out of Milford Sound towards Queenstown you’ll take in the snowcapped mountains, glaciers and pristine alpine lakes of the Southern Alps.

Taking in the views over the Southern Alps on your return scenic flight to Queenstown

Milford Sound coach, cruise and fly. It’s the experience of a lifetime!

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