With a variety of day trips to Milford Sound from both Queenstown and Te Anau, it can be hard to know which is the one for you. We’ll make the decision a little easier for you, and tell you why the only trip to choose in our Milford Sound Coach & Discover More Cruise from Te Anau.
1. The only day trip to visit the underwater observatory
Let’s start with the top reason, this is the only day trip that includes a visit to New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory. Located in Harrison Cove in Milford Sound the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory is the perfect addition to your day trip. Spend 90 minutes exploring the fiord above the surface before you head descend 10 metres to explore the fiord beneath the surface. In the 360 degree viewing chamber you can view local sea life including rare black coral.
2. Enjoy a guided trip to Milford with a local expert driver
The Milford road is not just a means to getting to your destination, it’s part of the journey. This incredible alpine pass is a destination in itself so you don’t want to miss a thing. Our local guides will provide entertaining commentary show you the best photo stops and short walks while you sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving.
3. Leisurely start and home in time for dinner
Te Anau is a great place to base yourself for a few days so make sure you plan to stay a day or two either side of your trip to Milford. As you’re not up at the crack of dawn you can pop to a local café for a coffee and some breakfast before your trip departs at 10.30am. That afternoon we’ll have you back in Te Anau at 5.30pm, which gives you plenty of time to freshen up before dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Te Anau.
4. Cruise Milford on a smaller boat with fewer people
In Milford you’ll join our Discover More Cruise on Lady Bowen, which is one of our smaller boats. This allows for a more intimate and personal experience on the fiord. Your skipper will get you so close to the sheer rock walls you can almost reach out a touch them. When the weather allows you can drink fresh glacier water straight from fairy falls. This is the longest day cruise experience in Milford Sound.
5. Cruise on the original Milford Sound Red boats
We’ve been operating in Fiordland for over 60 years and are the original Red Boats cruise operator in the fiord. We’re so passionate about Piopiotahi and we love showcasing this beautiful piece of paradise to the world. There’s a reason Rudyard Kipling named it the 8th Wonder of the World and Fiordland National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Don’t just see Milford Sound experience it!
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