Do you pick up from local accommodation in Queenstown or Te Anau?
Yes! For Milford Sound coach and cruise products, we pick up from central Queenstown and Te Anau accommodation. Make sure you indicate your pick-up point when booking your coach online. If you have not indicated a pick-up point, the driver will expect you to check-in and board at the Te Anau Visitor Centre or Queenstown Visitor Centre or the Te Anau Visitor Centre.
Is it worth going to Milford/Doubtful Sounds on a wet day?
Milford Sound is the wettest place in New Zealand and one of the wettest places in the world! Many visitors are shocked to know that this true world wonder actually measures its rainfall in metres (and not millimetres like most of the world.) In fact, in 2016 Milford Sound received over nine metres of rain! Doubtful Sound is also rainy with an average of 3-6 metres of rain per year. Both fiords are magnificent to visit in rainy weather due to the significant amount of waterfalls. The fiords come alive with water streaming down sheer cliffs - a magical sight not to be missed.
How likely are we to see wildlife in Fiordland?
Altough we cannot guarantee wildlife viewing, it is very likely that you will see the New Zealand fur seal, and likely more than just one or two! Dolphins are often sighted swimming alongside cruise vessels. Two species of penguins make Milford Sound their home at various times throughout the year. Little blue penguis and the Fiordland crested penguin - known at the Tawaki. Often hard to find and see, it is always a delight to spot them when we do.
How long does it take to travel to Milford Sound?
It takes approximately five hours to get to Milford from Queenstown depending on the time of year and road conditions. It takes approximately two hours to get to Milford Sound from Te Anau. You can drive a car or campervan or take a coach tour. We always recommend allowing plenty of time to get to Milford as the journey there is as spectacular as the cruise itself.