MILFORD SOUND TOUR FAQ’S
Does the trip include lunch?
Lunch can be pre-ordered for the boat at an extra $16 for either a picnic lunch or sushi lunch. The coach will stop at a cafe in Te Anau in the morning and evening to enable you to buy coffee and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own lunch along with you. There are options to buy snacks in Milford but no cafes or restaurants to buy lunch.
Can I get a vegetarian lunch?
Yes. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be requested when pre-ordering the picnic lunch.
How long is the drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound?
The Milford Sound day trip is a full day taking approximately 12 hours, including the 2 hour cruise and breaks. The distance – Milford Sound to Queenstown is 317kms and takes around 4 1/2 hours to drive each way.
Does the Milford Sound Coach stop along the way?
The Milford Sound coach will stop at Te Anau for approximately half an hour on both the outward and return journeys. The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound also has stunning scenery, so the coach will make photo stops and allow for some short walks.
Is there a commentary on the trip?
Yes. Our Kiwi drivers have a great deal of knowledge of the areas you are driving through, so will give you full commentary on the way to Milford Sound. The cruise also offers commentary around the fiords (and there are multilingual information packs available if requested).
What time does it pick up and drop off?
Our coach starts accommodation pick ups at 6:25am and leaves Queenstown at 6:45am. You will be dropped off back in Queenstown again at approximately 6:45pm.
Are we on the coach for 12 hours?
No. There are frequent stops along the way from Queenstown to Milford Sound with a half hour stop in Te Anau in both directions, and also a 2 hour boat cruise.
Can I get picked up at my accommodation?
Yes, we pick up at most hotels around Queenstown. Please contact us to see where your closest pick up will be.
Can I get picked up or dropped off in Te Anau?
Yes. We pick up in Te Anau at 9:05am at the Kiwi Country Cafe and drop off again at 4:05pm.
Does the coach have a glass roof?
Yes, our main coach has a glass roof enabling you to see more of the scenery around you as you travel to and from Milford Sound. We cannot however guarantee the glass top coach as this can sometimes be taken off the road for maintenance without prior notice to guests, although the alternative coach is still a luxury comfortable one with huge windows.
Are there toilets on the coach?
There are no toilets located on the coach due to hygiene reasons. However, we do stop at frequent intervals and other requests can be made to stop on the way if need be.
I get car sick - what is the coach ride to Milford Sound like?
The road to Milford Sound is a long country road that takes 4 1/2 hours to drive. The coaches are large comfortable 51 seaters with air-conditioning and make frequent stops for fresh air.
Can I drive to Milford Sound on my own?
Yes. There is one road to Milford Sound so it is easy to follow. The road however is long and windy and with such amazing views you may want to look at the scenery rather than watching the bends in the road!
The road conditions in winter can be dangerous with ice and snow. You should make sure you have a set of snow chains for your vehicle if driving in winter. There are also no petrol stations around Milford so make sure you fill your tank up in Te Anau before you leave there.
The return journey is 634kms from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
Are there places to buy food and drink in Milford Sound?
Free tea and coffee is provided on the boat and there is a snack machine in the Milford Sound terminal.
Lunch can be pre-ordered the day before at a cost of $16 for a picnic or sushi lunch.
The coach will stop at a cafe in Te Anau in the morning and evening to enable you to buy coffee and snacks. Keep in mind there is nowhere to buy food between the stops in Te Anau which is over 6 hours.
Do you have baby seats available for infants?
We do not have seats available at Kiwi Discovery, however we can organise the hire of child seats through Plunket. A fee will apply to hire the seat.
Can we bring our own car seat for our infant?
Yes. You are more than welcome to bring your own car seats on the Milford Sound day trip. The coach seats fit all standard child seats and can be installed upon pick up.