Milford Sound Tours

A day tour to Milford Sound offers some of the most spectacular natural scenery to be viewed anywhere in the world. Travelling through Fiordland National Park, your coach-cruise-coach tour can start in Queenstown, but you can also book a Te Anau to Milford Sound day tour. Board your bus or coach and travel through stunning scenery along the Milford Road and into Fiordland, where your cruise boat awaits you. Milford Sound tours include a cruise around the fiord so you can experience its wonders up close and see landmarks like Mitre Peak and amazing wildlife such as dolphins and seals. Cruise the inmost reaches of Milford Sound to the open Tasman Sea and back.

During your tour, your driver guide will entertain you with information about the region. Many visitors say the commentary and friendly service from their driver guide is what makes the day truly special. The top Milford Sound tour companies also offer extras like leather seats and free wifi to make your day more comfortable. Some also offer the option to convert your tour to a coach-cruise-fly tour.

For the ultimate experience, consider a Milford Sound Helicopter Tour from Queenstown. You can review reviews and options here.

We recommend Milford Sound tours operated by the companies listed below.


GreatSights is widely regarded as New Zealand’s premier sightseeing tour company and their Milford Sound tours from Queenstown are well known for offering premium service, guides and comfort. GreatSights Milford Sound tours run daily, with departures not just from Queenstown, but also Milford Sound tours from Te Anau.

On the Milford Sound tour, passengers enjoy scenic views from glass-roofed coaches and there are lots of photo opportunities along the Milford Road on the way to the scenic cruise.  The cruise itself takes place on board Milford Sound’s newest and most luxurious cruise ship. The vessel has expansive outdoor viewing decks, as well as glass ceilings, and screens showing live footage inside.

Here are some of the highlights of GreatSights Milford Sound tours:

  • Full-day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau
  • Complimentary hotel pickups and drop-offs
  • Luxury glass-roof coaches with onboard toilets and free Wi-Fi
  • Expert commentary from local driver guides
  • GPS-operated multilingual headsets available in Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese
  • 1-hour 45-minute scenic cruise, with optional picnic lunch (extra cost)


awesomeNZ tours are locally operated and designed for adventure! This is the company that offers one of the best value tours to Milford Sound. The passionate team at awesomeNZ have a long history of great customer reviews and ensures every trip to Milford Sound is a day to remember!  awesomeNZ has daily tours to Milford Sound from Queenstown or Te Anau, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Commentary from local driver guides to keep you entertained and in the know
  • Modern, glass-roof coaches with English commentary and free Wi-Fi
  • Milford Sound cruise with optional picnic lunch (at extra cost)
  • Lots of photo stops along the Milford Road
  • Full-day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau


InterCity operates New Zealand’s largest domestic bus network and they also offer a wide variety of affordable day tours – in fact, its Milford Sound tours are great value when compared to those on offer by other companies. InterCity’s Milford Sound tours are:

  • Great value, bus travel can be paid with FlexiPass hours
  • Full day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau
  • Usually operated in a glass-roof coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Available with picnic lunch as an optional extra

Gray Line

Gray Line New Zealand is part of Gray Line Worldwide, the world’s largest sightseeing tour company. Gray Line’s premium Milford Sound day tours include:

  • Complimentary hotel pickups and drop-offs
  • Friendly service from professional driver guides
  • A boutique cruise offering an intimate experience
  • A range of optional extras including picnic lunch

Gray Line day tours to Milford Sound depart daily from Queenstown and Te Anau.