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Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound (Coach and Cruise)


The Journey

Milford Sound is a must-see for anyone visiting New Zealand. The spectacular scenery at the Sound is very hard to beat (despite New Zealand offering some of the most fantastic views in the world). The five hour drive to/from Milford Sound isn't bad either. Various tour operators travel between the 'adventure capital' of New Zealand and the Sound, stopping at Te Anau (the gateway to Milford Sound) en route.

Depending on your budget, and comfort requirements, there are various options for your coach operator. You can choose whether to start your journey in Queenstown (with most of the other passengers) or start from Te Anau. Most of the tour packages available will include a Sound cruise once you reach Milford. The size and type of boat at the other end will vary depending on operator, although most are very comfortable and not too overcrowded. We travelled with Kiwi Discovery, which provided an excellent service (our driver was called Bruce - very funny) including lunch on-board the boat at Milford Sound.

Most of the operators will give you the option of upgrading to a flight for the journey home, rather than travelling by coach all the way back. This can be a great addition to a memorable day out, but bear in mind that this optional extra can be extremely expensive, and a premium can be added if you book on the day rather than in advance.

Kiwi Experience Tours

Kiwi Experience are a tour operator in New Zealand, offering visitors some of the greatest experiences available. Among other things, the company offers a hop-on hop-off backpacker's bus to tour New Zealand.

The company operates a fleet of bright green buses (which do help when you're trying to spot it in a coach park). They are designed to European-standard safety levels, and all drivers are fully qualified, licensed and trained.

Each coach has large windows, high seats with arm rests and air conditioning. The seats are comfortable, and there is plenty of legroom to stretch out.

There is plenty of space on-board for luggage, although larger items will need to be stored in the hold. Hand luggage can be kept under or above your seat.


Most of the coaches operated have an on-board DVD player and television screens. Drivers give commentary at appropriate times and locations.


Various operators offer this service. Each offers a slightly different package, including different lengths of cruise, lunch options etc.

Selected List of Operators:

Kiwi Discovery 
Kiwi Experience 
Scenic Pacific 
Juicy Cruize

There are loads more operators, so just search around for the best offers available. You can often find money-off vouchers in Queenstown itself which will help you slice off a little more from the standard prices.


Pricing details vary depending on your operator, season, and whether you are starting from Queenstown or Te Anau. Visit the operators listed above for exact pricing details. 

Coach - Cruise - CoachQueenstownKiwi Discovery$169$89$15
 QueenstownKiwi Experience$155--
 QueenstownScenic Pacific$179$89.50Free
 QueenstownJuicy Cruize$159$104Free
 Te AnauKiwi Discovery$169$89$15
 Te AnauCruize Milford$109$50Free
Coach - Cruise - FlyQueenstownKiwi Discovery$475$275$15
Cruize OnlyMilford SoundJuicy Cruize$75$15-


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