Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with lunch ex Te Anau

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with lunch ex Te Anau

Join us for the most in-depth and authentic Milford Sound day trip experience. The only day trip from Te Anau to include a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

Explore Fiordland National Park on the most in-depth day trip experience from Te Anau. Sit back and relax as your expert driver navigates the Milford Road. Journey through spectacular natural landscapes as your local coach driver provides engaging and informative commentary and shows you the best short walks and photo stops along the way.

In Milford join our smaller boat, Milford Sound Discover More Cruise. Soak up breath-taking scenic views and get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and waterfalls. Our expert skippers specialist will share their local knowledge.

At the underwater observatory, descend 10 metres below the surface to check out the local sea life and rare black coral. A delicious picnic lunch is included.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island

Your journey starts here. Set off on a day trip from Te Anau to Milford Sound and enjoy a more intimate experience of Milford Sound. Discover the native wildlife, towering waterfalls and majestic mountains of the fiord on an intimate cruise on a smaller boat. 

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

This beautiful valley is glaciated with steep sides and a flat floor. It's between half a kilometre to two kilometres wide and has a shingle riverbed floor, which is constantly being changed by the Eglinton River. This is an incredible stop you will make as apart of your journey to Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mirror Lakes Walk, Milford Road,, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Enjoy a stroll among small lakes with stunning reflections of the Earl Mountains, should weather be permissive on the day. This is an easy, short walk off the Milford Road.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Eglinton Valley Camp, 6178 Te Anau Milford Highway, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

Interpretation panels show the effect of avalanches on the Milford Road and provide information on the wildlife of the Eglinton Valley. Visitor amenities include toilets and a telephone (card payment only).

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Lake Gunn, State Highway 94, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Lake Gunn is a strikingly beautiful lake in the South Island of New Zealand.

Stop At: Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand

Take in great views of the upper Hollyford Valley while you fill up your water bottle from this glacier fed spring. Friendly Keas (a New Zealand alpine parrot) love this area so it's a great stop for some kea spotting.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand

At an altitude of 945 metres above sea level and 1.2 kilometres in length, the unlined road tunnel allows access through sheer rock to Milford Sound with a gradient of 1 in 10. Completed in 1953, traffic lights control the traffic flow through the tunnel. An incredible part of your journey along the Milford Road.

Pass By: Cleddau River, Southland 9679, New Zealand

The Cleddau River is a beautiful river of New Zealand. It flows into the head of Milford Sound. You'll see many parts of this river as you journey along the Milford Sound road.

Stop At: The Chasm Walk, State Highway 94, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

Should weather and time permit, enjoy a short walk here as a part of your Milford Sound day trip with Southern Discoveries. Dramatic views of a rock chasm and waterfalls formed by the rushing waters of the Cleddau River. This is an easy walk along a well maintained trail and is approximately 20 minutes in length.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island

Te Anau is a beautiful town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known as a gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. The region is home to endangered, flightless takahē birds and abundant trout in Lake Te Anau. Enjoy a short break here on your way to Milford Sound, in order to break up the journey, grab a coffee, and stretch your legs.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

Your nature experience starts here. Board your Southern Discoveries vessel and find a seat in front of one of the many full size windows as the beauty begins to unravel around you. Cruise on our small boat while our on board nature guide chats with you and answer questions. Drink glacial water, touch natural artifacts and get under massive waterfalls.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Southland 9679, New Zealand

Mitre Peak is a beautifully dramatic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand, located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed mountain peaks in the entire country.

Pass By: Stirling Falls, Milford Sound New Zealand

Milford’s second-highest waterfall is the Stirling Falls, a staggering 151m in height – three times the height of Niagara Falls, but the 1,300m mountain behind displaces this incredible height. This is the famous waterfall that Hugh Jackman ‘jumped off’ in the movie Wolverine. The sheer drop of the Stirling Falls allows boats to get right underneath – it’s an incredible feeling to have the power of 151m worth of glacial water falling so close to you.

Stop At: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island

Journey through spectacular landscapes as your experienced, local coach driver provides engaging and informative commentary. Take in some of the best photo stops and short walks on the road to Milford Sound.

Stop At: Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, Milford Wharf Harrison Cove, Milford Sound New Zealand

The adventure continues at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory where you can experience the amazing world beneath the surface. Descend 64 steps (10 metres) underwater into a large viewing area where windows open your eyes to this underwater haven.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New Zealand

The permanent Lady Bowen Falls is Milford’s highest waterfall at 162m. Not only breathtakingly beautiful, without it Milford Sound couldn’t operate; with it being their sole source of power and water. She quadruples in volume during Milford’s epic storms – one of the best ways to truly enjoy the falls is to stand on the foreshore to feel the spray.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Appropriate child restraints are NOT provided by the operator. These must be provided by the parent or caregiver - without this you may be turned away and unable to travel - please be prepared."
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
"Stroller accessible"
"Sunscreen and insect repellent advisable"
"Service animals allowed"
"Most travelers can participate"
"Coach commentary highlights. • Free Multi-language commentary app provides informative commentary along the Milford Sound road on our Coach. • It is recommended to download the app prior to the journey. It is available in English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean (South Korea), Portuguese, Spanish • Includes 30 sections of commentary from Queenstown through to Milford Sound. • Guests are required to use their own headphones when using the app on the coach. We will be running a live English commentary and want to minimise disruption to other passengers. • The app is not available for the Cruise component."
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Hora de Inicio: Coach, Cruise & UWO ex Te Anau
10/1/2023 - 4/30/202410/1/2024 - 9/30/2025

Duración: 13 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: 80 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Return transport from Te Anau to Milford Sound on premium coach
  • Informative commentary provided by local coach driver.
  • A two hour nature cruise is Milford Sound with commentary from your passionate skipper
  • Visit to Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch with coffee and tea
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory

No Incluye

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the operator and must be supplied by yourselves.


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