Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Premium small group tour including boutique Milford Sound cruise with Cruise Milford, the number 1 Trip Advisor rated cruise company, and picnic lunch from Queenstown. There is no better way to see this most famous of attractions.

• Milford Sound Cruise with Cruise Milford
• Fiordland National Park
• Lake Te Anau, Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Hollyford River, Homer Tunnel & Mitre Peak
• Wildlife Spotting

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and little details that set our tours apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles and other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

Our tours are led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing stories and background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses that are packed with extras, ensuring your comfort and safety.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island

Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the area’s top highlights.

Stop At: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

Departing Queenstown we wind our way around Lake Wakatipu, with amazing views of ‘The Remarkables’ Mountain Range and the lake, stopping for photos is a must.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Devil's Staircase Lookout Point, 2911 Kingston Road, Kingston 9793 New Zealand

Continuing around the lake we will pass through Devil’s Staircase. This elevated windy part of the road is famous for dramatic photos and setting the scene for the day to come.

Stop At: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

After more amazing mountain, river and farmland views we arrive in Te Anau, home to Lake Te Anau, New Zealand’s second largest lake. While in this idyllic town we will stop for a break and maybe meet some of the local animals or wildlife. Continuing along the lake we stop at Te Anau Downs, the starting point for the Milford Track, to hear the stories and admire the views.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

Leaving Te Anau and entering Fiordland National Park we stop in Eglinton Valley. With views worthy of Lord of the Rings, this valley follows the path of an ancient glacier through Fiordland. One of the first major attractions as you enter the park, it really sets the scene for a journey that only get more impressive the deeper you get.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Our next stop on this epic adventure is Mirror Lakes for a short stroll to see the famous reflections of the Earl Mountains. Get the right day, take a good picture and no one with be able to tell which way is the right way up for the photo.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lake Gunn, State Highway 94, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Continuing along the Milford Road we come across Lake Gunn. Named after a famous explorer and popular for fishing, often we will stop at Lake Gunn for some photos and to enjoy the peace.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Hollyford River, Southland 9382, New Zealand

A short drive away we start passing the Hollyford River a gorgeous and powerful river full of large boulders and rapids. Feeding into the river at Falls Creek is the first of our extremely impressive waterfalls of the area, one of many to come.

Stop At: Darran Mountains, Southland 9679, New Zealand

Climbing in altitude we go deeper into the Darran Mountains and these views require another stop to admire and take photos. We are also entering the area where Kea (the world’s largest alpine parrot) like to live. Start keeping an eye out for these large, cheeky and colourful birds that never fail to thrill and entertain when found.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

To make our way back down towards the sea we enter the mind-blowing hand-built Homer Tunnel, hearing the incredible history and stories. Emerging from the tunnel the valley descends sharply towards Milford Sound and on a rainy-day hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the mountain side.

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

Following the valleys to the sea we arrive at Milford Sound where you will board your cruise with Cruise Milford (the No. 1 Cruise operator in Milford Sound on TripAdvisor).

Duration: 2 hours

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

The Cruise Milford experience offers a boutique cruise on a smaller boat which is less crowded and a crew that offers a much more informative and personal tour of Milford Sound. The smaller boat means you get closer to the wildlife and nature including the New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks, massive rock faces rising for hundreds of metres out of the sea and the waterfalls cascading from an ancient rainforest high in the mountains. This cruise is unbeatable.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Pops View Look Out, Milford Sound New Zealand

Next we pull over to admire the elevated amazing views of the divide in the Southern Alps, close to the start of the Routeburn Track. While here the guide will tell you the stories of ancient Maori explorers.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island

Sadly we must start to head back to Queenstown but your day is not over with a fully guided return trip and many stops and breaks along the way.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

While on the boat cruise you will be able to marvel at the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak, the iconic Milford Sound mountain, with its steep triangular peak rising high up above the reflective waters of the Milford Sound.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Infant seats available"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Most travelers can participate"
"Minimum numbers 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."
"A moderate amount of walking is involved."
"Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair."
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately."
"Children aged 7 years and below are required by law to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (See Exclusions) Please advise at time of booking."
"Scenic flight weight restrictions are 116 KG"
"Scenic flights cannot be confirmed without full names and weights of all travellers"
"If you have dietary requirements. Please kindly indicate it to the special requirements at the time of booking"
"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"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Duration: 13 Hours
Start location: The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickups are from the below hotels only. If your hotel is not listed, please select your closest alternative and meet us there. If you are not sure where your closest alternative is, please contact us in advance so that we can advise you.

If you have not yet booked a hotel then please select The Station (Home of Adventure) as your pickup location. You can update this once your hotel is booked by contacting us or amending your pickup directly through Viator.

Note: our pickups begin 15 mins before tour start time so please check your confirmation for the exact pickup time from your chosen location as these will vary.

Kamana Lakehouse 06:15 AM / 07:15 AM
Mercure Queenstown 06:16 AM / 07:16 AM
Heritage Hotel 06:17 AM / 07:17 AM
Rydges Lakeland Resort
QT Queenstown 06:20 AM / 07:20 AM
Hotel St Moritz 06:21 AM / 07:21 AM
Crowne Plaza 06:23 AM / 07:23 AM
Novotel 06:27 AM / 07:27 AM
Nomads Hostel 06:28 AM / 07:28 AM
Flaming Kiwi Backpackers 06:26 AM / 07:26 AM
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel 06:25 AM / 07:25 AM
Pinewood Lodge 06:24 AM / 07:24 AM
The Station - Home of Adventure (default central pickup point) 06:30 AM / 07:30 AM
LyLo Queenstown 06:30 AM / 07:30 AM
Sofitel 06:30 AM / 07:30 AM
Aspen Lodge Backpackers 06:31 AM / 07:31 AM
Ramada Queenstown Central 06:34 AM / 07:34 AM
Heartland Hotel 06:32 AM / 07:32 AM
Scenic Suites 06:32 AM / 07:32 AM
Holiday Inn Express 06:33 AM / 06:33 AM
Millennium Hotel 06:36 AM / 07:36 AM
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront 06:35 AM / 07:35 AM
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Lakeview 06:37 AM / 07:37 AM
Swiss Belsuites Pounamu 06:38 AM / 07:38 AM
Oaks Shores Resort 06:39 AM / 07:39 AM
The Rees 06:40 AM / 07:40 AM
Holiday Inn Frankton Road (Bus stop on Frankton Road) 06:42 AM / 07:42 AM
Sherwood Hotel (Bus stop on Frankton Road) 06:42 AM / 07:42 AM
Frankton Bus Interchange (near Queenstown airport) 06:44 AM / 07:44 AM
Wyndham Garden 06:45 AM / 07:45 AM
Hilton Queenstown 06:46 AM / 07:46 AM


  • The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
  • Cruise Entry
  • Lunch - Picnic Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Mirror Lakes Walk
  • Entry/Admission - Eglinton Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
  • Child safety car seat available for NZ$20 (notify 24 hours prior to tour)


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