Small Group, Award Winning, Milford Sound Day Tour from Te Anau (2023)

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Take a cruise on Milford Sound, arguably the most scenic destination on New Zealand’s South Island, during this day trip from Te Anau. En route, tour the features of Fiordland National Park, home to untouched alpine forest, pristine waterways, glaciers, and soaring peaks. Experience sightseeing stops and bush walks before a boat excursion featuring narration by a well-versed guide.Numbers are limited to ensure a personalized experience.

  • Full-day tour of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from Te Anau

  • Cruise the majestic Milford Sound and admire the fjords

  • A small-group tour means more attention from your guide

  • Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities and guided commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Altitude Tours were a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 2021. In 2020 they won the Trip Advisor Best of The Best Award.

What's Included

  • 2-Hour nature cruise on Milford Sound

  • Knowledgable and friendly driver/guide

  • Off-the-beaten track scenic photo stops en route

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • WiFi on board

  • Bottled water

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Snacks - Note that after Te Anau there are no places to purchase additional snacks.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Miro Street

    Miro Street, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

    Departure Point: Kiwi Country, Miro Street, Te AnauAddress: Kiwi Country, Miro Street, Te AnauDates: Daily

Start time

10:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

(Video) Altitude Tours Small Group Milford Sound Day Tour

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Please bring walking shoes, warm clothes and rain jacket

  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

  • Minimum numbers of 6 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Due to Covid-19 we are no longer able to offer our buffet style BBQ lunch. We will be providing a picnic lunch instead.

  • There is an option to include a packed picnic lunch. The default choice is chicken, however you can request to change to a beef or vegetarian lunch until 5pm the day prior.

  • Most travelers can participate

  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.

  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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79 reviews

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Amazing tour with an amazing tour guide!


Dec 2022

(Video) Day Trip to Milford Sound

This is a great tour for Milford Sound. Along the way to Milford Sound you’ll stop by a few easy sites where you can see some highlights of the National Park.Pros- Great tour guide (shoutout to Podge) that was very friendly and knowledgeable - Great transportation to Milford Sound (a Mercedes mini bus)- Seamlessly got us onto the Milford Sound cruise, which was great (we got to see the area along with seals and dolphins)Cons- None to speak of

Response from Host, Dec 2022

We loved your review, thank you so much for sharing. We are happy to read that you don't have any cons. It sounds like Podge gave you a great day out in Milford Sound!

Rushed way to see the Milford road


Dec 2022

Picked this tour up in Te Anau. Everyone else on the bus was from Queenstown. I think it may be better to do it yourself from Te Anau. You can stop where you want then. Milford sound was amazing. We stopped at 3 places for a few minutes on the way to the boat, and raced back on the way back. No stops.

Response from Host, Dec 2022

Thank you for taking the time to share a review. Our guiding team does their very best to create a fantastic journey out to Milford Sound, we really appreciate your feedback and will take it on board for the future.

Great experience


Nov 2022

The tour was well organized and our driver/guide was very knowledgeable, passing on lots of information during the drive. Being in a small group was definitely a big bonus compared to traveling in the big tour buses. The cruise was great, despite the weather. The whole experience was great. We were picked up and dropped off at Te Anuo so our drive time was a lot shorter than from Queenstown which was great especially on the way back

Response from Host, Nov 2022

Thank you so much for you taking the time to write a review. It sounds like you had a lovely day and enjoyed travelling in our small group vans - it does make you feel like you're in a car, as opposed to a bus doesn't it?! Thank you for travelling with us to Milford Sound

A must!


Jul 2021

Amazing experience. Beau was a fantastic guide, and we had a beautiful day. Stunning scenery, lots of great stops for photos, excellent lunch.

Response from Host, Jul 2021

Thank you so much for this great review, we're so glad you had an amazing experience in Milford Sound and enjoyed your time with Beau!

Great Adventure!


Jul 2018

Nigel was an excellent guide. His commentary on the history and insights of the area, it’s geology and New Zealand in general was very informative. Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park was absolutely amazing. The cruise around Milford sound was delightful and spectacular. The lunch was a very tasty surprise!

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This trip was exceptional. We had a...

Charlie M,

Feb 2018

This trip was exceptional. We had a small group with a guide called Graham. There are not enough superlatives to describe him. He was knowledgeable, witty, organised, friendly and chose great places to stop. We did the BBQ tour and lunch was outstanding. Obviously, the weather was in our favour, with complete sunshine and shorts the order of the day. Milford Sound was breathtaking, and the boat was not too crowded. Getting picked up from Te Anu was easy and communication prompt. I highly recommend this trip it will be one to remember.

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It was an amazing trip. The drivers...

Janice H,

Jan 2018

It was an amazing trip. The drivers was so funny and interesting. You really felt you were taken care of. So impressed. I would never book any other tour except with Viator as the three tours I took in NZ and the 1 in Australia last year were so great. Good job Viator for picking great people to deliver your tours.

Although it was cloudy and drizzly...

kathy m,

Nov 2017

Although it was cloudy and drizzly, our guide Nigel made the trip fun and unforgettable...can that guy grill a mean sausage.First class service. I also liked the small bus and group, made the whole experience very intimate and friendly.

Excellent, Good Guide, Good bbq Lunch...

Alan F,

Apr 2016

Excellent, Good Guide, Good bbq Lunch, Excellent Weather and a Wonderfull cruise.

We have a smooth ride from Te Anua...


Apr 2014

We have a smooth ride from Te Anua to Milford Sound. The driver-cum-guide provided us with useful commentaries on interesting scenic spots along the way. It was a memorable experience. The BBQ lunch was superb. It was marvellous that our guide could whip up so much goodies within a short time. The weather had also been kind to us and we had a wonderful time on the top deck of the cruise ship - taking in nature's wonders, enjoying the sights around us and breathing in the crisp, fresh air. Our decision to sign for this tour has proven to be a good one.

A great day out 8 of us on the bus...

Michael S,

Feb 2014

A great day out 8 of us on the bus plus Nick the Driver/Guide and Chef who was very informative and made the trip very enjoyable both the weather and the barbie were excellent, with only eight of us having to get on and off at the various stops rather than a coach load made a massive difference.

This was a great day trip, even though...

Timothy W,

Dec 2013

This was a great day trip, even though the weather (typically for Fiordland) was damp and rainy. Nick produced a great barbecue at a time when the rain had stopped, and the whole day went very well. The rain made Milford Sound very dramatic, and the waterfalls were amazing. We met some keas at the Homer Tunnel, and also a weka. I would heartily recommend this BBQ Bus tour.

We had a really great day out with...

Kris T,

Apr 2013

We had a really great day out with excellent guidance from our hosts and spectacular views! Enjoyed the BBQ!

What a great day. Chris the driver...

Terrence R,

Mar 2013

What a great day. Chris the driver was excellent. Stopped en route at great places to take pictures.and gave an excellent commentary on history and local facts. BBQ was fantastic and he even supplied sun bloc and insect repellent if required. Excellent value for money, highly recommended.

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excellent day.the bbq bus is a great...

vanessa p,

Jan 2013

excellent day.the bbq bus is a great idea and the bus driver/guide/cook are very versatile.plenty of information about the area and loads of ppictures stops.we were blessed with the weather it had been raining for almost a week before our trip and the day we went it was just perfect.the mirror lakes are stunning as was milford sound.make sure to keep plenty of room on sim card in camera and batteries for it as almost the entire journey is a photograhers delight.the cruise is an excellent way to see all of milford sound.i would def recommend this to anyone who is interested in seeing milford.

Excellent tour content and tour...

Peter E,

Jan 2013

Excellent tour content and tour guide/driver, even though it rained all day.

Smaller bus able to stop more...


Aug 2012

Smaller bus able to stop more frequently for photo ops also access an area that a large coach cannot. Loved the commentary, very informative without being excessive or patronising. Fab cruise as always. Perfect timing for pick up and drop off. A friendly more intimate way to do Milford.

This trip was amazing from start to...

Kim S,

Apr 2012

This trip was amazing from start to finish. The Bus driver was so friendly, the lunch was fantastic, heaps of stops to check out the beautiful scenery. Loved it!!

A nice relaxing day being pampered with...

Joanne D,

Apr 2012

A nice relaxing day being pampered with driving and lunch. Informative as well.

What a great day, Chris our driver...

Ross T M,

Mar 2012

What a great day, Chris our driver was informative, knowledgeable and funny, everything you need in a driver. Oh and did I mention he is a great chef, the BBQ was delicious, even the possum snags, yeh good one Chris. A big day for Chris, but he made our day memorable. Being on a smaller bus meant we stopped at places the coaches couldn't, which meant more photo opportunities, If you get the chance,do it !


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