So my plan was to leave Queenstown and drive straight to Milford Sound, go on one of your tours and then take our time heading back. In reality, what is the drive time if we just keep moving and play tourist on the way back.
Looks like the question got answered. I actually stayed in Te Anau for two nights which helped. The drive is quite a lot to take in all in one day. Hope that this person enjoyed it, I certainly did
Queenstown to Milford Sound is a good 3 hours so depending on the time cruising it could be quite a stamina test. Plenty of places in Te Anau. Do not worry if it is pouring with rain : the Sound is much more spectacular in rain with hundreds of waterfalls
Our trip on the sound is at 2:45 we are also going in March, so it stays light out until 9:30 or so. We were shooting for a really early start regardless. If we leave at 8 we figure a 12 arrival so will have 2 hrs and a bit to play with getting there.
This depends on the booking time of your cruise. We had booked an 11 am cruise which finished by 1 pm so we drive straight to Milford sound , without stopping on the way to see any sights and did the sight seeing on our way back. We reached Queenstown in the evening around 5 pm the same day and it was a lovely albeit quite a tiring drive. Pls keep in mind that the Homer Tunnel closes at around 6 pm ( i guess), there are no mobile networks on the way to Milford Sound and limited access to rest rooms , therefore , you will need to plan your drive and sightseeing accordingly , if you plan to drive back to queenstown on the same day. its quite a hilly and inaccessible area. Hope this helps
That was my plan too. But in reality it won't work out. We literally left Queenstown at 6am, did quick stops at some sights along the way (literally a few mins at each). Did the Milford Sound cruise, and headed straight back to Queenstown. We got back as it got dark. It's a long day but worth it. It was like 4 hr drive one way with maybe 2 hrs at Milford Sound. If you want more time, I suggest staying overnight in Te Anau. Hope this helps.
Yes it can be done, especially if you share the driving and have the time to make your stops worth while, which would depend on you getting an early boat?
It would be a mistake to rush back and miss the countryside unless its raining of course in which case it would not matter.
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