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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

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    What to Expect
    Your tour begins with morning pickup in Te Anau or Manapour and a scenic drive to Milford Sound.

    Stop first at Te Anau Downs and view the sheltered harbor, Bluegum Bay, which sits opposite the Middle Fiord, the starting point for the Milford Track. Then, take in views of the Earl and Livingston Mountains at Eglinton Valley.

    Take a short stroll along a boardwalk at Mirror Lakes to see beech forest and wetland pools. The 45th South Parallel marks the halfway point between the equator and the South Pole. 

    Stop next at Cascade Creek, then the Hollyford Lookout, which overlooks the Hollyford Valley and Darren Mountains. Have the option to do the walk to Marian Cascade, which tumbles from Lake Marian before pulling into Gunn’s Camp for morning tea, followed by the historic museum and gift shop.

    Get photo ops at Fall’s Creek and Monkey Creek, and if time allows, a quick walk leads to a point with views of the Gertrude Valley. Look for kea sightings at the east portal of the 4,166 foot (1,270 meter) long Homer Tunnel and pass through the scenic Cleddau Valley. During the last part of the journey to Milford Sound, take a short walk to The Chasm, rock formations that make up a 72-foot (22-meter) deep and narrow ravine cut by the Cleddau River.

    Snap photos of Mt. Tutoko, the highest mountain in Fiordland, Tutoko Bridge, and Mt. Tutoko as a backdrop. Then arrive at the departure point for your cruise. Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound, keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals, and the Fiordland crested penguin.

    Your tour ends with return to your accommodation.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri (by special arrangement - please contact supplier after booking. Additional costs may apply)
    Dates: Daily
    Return point: Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    10h
    Return Details
    Your accommodation in Te Anau or Manapouri
    Inclusions
    • National Park fees
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Te Anau
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
    • Lunch
    • Hotel Pick up from Manapouri (available by special arrangement. Additional costs may apply)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Best tour I have experienced. Coach driver (Jonathon) was very helpful going off the track to visit interesting places on the way. Boat cruise was just as good as was the weather.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank Gorax_99
    fiordlandtours, Manager at Fiordland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Thank you for the great review, we are humbled to hear that you had a fantastic day, and that Jono showed you more than you were expecting.

    Reviewed 6 days ago

    This is a small group tour, so it offers a more personal interaction with the tour guide, who for us was Jono. You can tell a person who is just doing his job or a person who embraces their work, and here is where Jono...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    2  Thank Brian C
    fiordlandtours, Manager at Fiordland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you for the wonderful review, we are delighted to hear you had such a great day out with Jono.

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    The day started with us out on the cold street but as soon as we got in to the mini bus all was fine from there. “James our experienced guide took us to Milford with out issue, and with great knowledge. We saw the best...More

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    fiordlandtours, Owner at Fiordland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for the wonderful review, we are humbled to hear what a great day you had with us.

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Had a great small group trip with Jamie our guide. I’m so glad we took the full day option. It’s quite a long drive if you are only doing a 2 hr cruise. We stopped at lots of interesting places and did short walks. Jamie...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 735CamillaS
    fiordlandtours, Manager at Fiordland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your day, and how much better it was to take the coach as opposed to driving yourselves, and that you enjoyed Jamies commentary on...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We didn't feel comfortable driving ourselves as the track conditions can be quite challenging and the roads will be closed from time to time. So we made a last minute decision and booked the return trip to Milford Sounds. Pickup was 7:45 right in front...More

    Thank sancho789
    fiordlandtours, Manager at Fiordland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed your day with us, and see the value in not driving yourselves.

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    October 4, 2019|
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    Response from scottishtraveller96 | Reviewed this property |
    The cruise on Milford Sound is about 1 and a half hours. We took a full day trip from Te Anua . Drive to Milford is approx 2 hours depending on how many stops you have along the way. It was a rainy day when we went , our... More
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    April 15, 2019|
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    Response from Steven J | Reviewed this property |
    Also can’t comment on the suitability of this trip in the winter, but I’d strongly advise staying in Te Anau the night before. Much of the day is spent in the van (seeing remarkable sights), and having to do the drive from... More
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    February 2, 2019|
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    Response from Michael R | Reviewed this property |
    Review of: Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau We took the early tour with 8:00AM pickup. I recommend that time. Fiordland Tours operates small vans - 16 passenger rather than the big 40-45 person buses... More
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