Premium Milford Sound and Te Anau Highlights 2 Days Small Group Tour

This small group, fully-guided tour not only gives you the best Milford Sound experience but also allows you to enjoy everything Te Anau has to offer, making it the ultimate Fiordland Adventure.

• Milford Sound Cruise with Cruise Milford
• Fiordland National Park
• Te Anau Highlights tour
• Overnight stay in Te Anau

Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

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

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Duration 2 days
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  • What's included :
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
    • Cruise Entry
    • Accommodation
    • Bottled Water & Snacks
    • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
    What's excluded :
    • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Queenstown to Milford Sound and Te Anau

    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 to Devils Staircase. This elevated windy part of the road with amazing views of The Remarkables Mountain Range and the lake makes stopping for photos a must.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    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 township for a quick break before continuing along the lake and stopping 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 gets 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 will 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 / Whakatipu Kā Tuka, Southland 9679, 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) likes 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 while hearing the incredible history and stories. Emerging from the tunnel the valley descends sharply towards Milford Sound and on a rainy day you will see hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the mountain side.

    Stop At: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island
    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). 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 ancient rainforest high in the mountains. This cruise is unbeatable.
    Duration: 2 hours

    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.

    Stop At: Pops View Look Out, Milford Sound New Zealand
    After your cruise do not fear the adventure is not over, there is the return journey with many more amazing stops. One stop is Pop’s View Lookout where 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: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
    As day 1 comes to a close we drop you off for your overnight stay in Te Anau early evening so you can enjoy a nice dinner at a local restaurant or maybe take a walk around the lake.
    Duration: 14 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Picnic Lunch (Day 1)
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Te Anau in Studio Airbnb or 3* hotel included in tour price.

    Day 2: Te Anau Highlights and return to Queenstown

    Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
    Your tour starts again in Te Anau as we pick you up from your hotel and explore the lake edges, visiting one of our favourite spots for a great photos of Lake Te Anau. During your journey and throughout the day our guides will share the stories, history and interesting facts of the area with you, setting the scene for the day.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand
    Once you have that perfect shot from the lake we will continue to the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary for a guided tour and to see some of the rarest birds in the country including the Takahe and Kaka. You will learn about these animals and local environment while exploring this Te Anau asset.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Kepler Mire (String Bog), Manapouri 9679, New Zealand
    Our journey continues to our first famous Lord of the Rings attraction, a viewpoint looking over The Dead Marshes from an elevated position. From here you can see where Frodo and Sam waded their way through the mud trying to get to Mordor. We will tell you the stories and let you imagination the rest.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rainbow Reach Road, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand
    Moving on, we visit a sight loved by hikers, Lord of the Rings fans and locals alike, Rainbow Reach. A cable bridged over the stunning Waiau River (known as The River Anduin in LOTR) leads us to the start of the Kepler Track and one of the beautiful forests of Fiordland National Park. Here we will hear some of the LOTR stories as well as learn about some of the amazing biodiversity we have in the park.
    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Lake Manapouri, New Zealand
    We follow the river from Rainbow Reach to one of New Zealand most famous lakes, Lake Manapouri, the gateway to the Doubtful Sounds. We will spend some time exploring the shores of this crystal-clear lake and hearing about its history including the construction of the Manapouri hydro dam, the largest in the country. Once we have had a look around, we take time for a quick break at one of the local coffee shops.
    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Mavora Lakes Park, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
    Departing Manapouri we make our way to one of the most famous LOTR sites and hidden gems of the region, Mavora Lakes. Here you will find amazing landscapes but also several famous LOTR filming locations including two locations of Orc battles, where Pippin & Merry enter Fangorn Forest to escape the Orcs, and where Frodo and Sam leave the Fellowship and cross the lake. This spot is paradise for nature lovers and LOTR fans alike so while here we will enjoy some free time to explore, eat lunch (additional extra or self-supplied) or maybe use some of our props and recreate some of the movie scenes!
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
    Sadly the highlights section of your tour is coming to an end as we make our way back to Te Anau town centre but your Te Anau adventure should not finish there. Why not add one of the amazing Te Anau activities as an additional optional extra to complete your day? (See Te Anau Highlights & Lord of the Ring Small Group Tour for options)
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    After activities or free time in Te Anau, you will be picked up early evening for a fully guided tour back to Queenstown and the end of your Fiordland adventure.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel Pick Up Points & Times:Please be ready, waiting in your hotel lobby or at the pick up point at least 10 minutes prior to your pick up time listed below. If your hotel is not listed below, please contact us in advance, to arrange to pick you up from your closest point listed below.15 minutes before tour start time: Kamana Lakehouse, Heritage Hotel, Mercure Hotel10 minutes before tour start time: Crowne Plaza, Hotel St Moritz, Rydges Lakeland Resort5 minutes before tour start time: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Base Backpackers, YHA Central, Nomads Backpackers, Sofitel Queenstown, Queenstown Central Pick Up Point (47-49 Shotover Street, Queenstown)At tour start time: Scenic Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Heartland Hotel, Millennium Hotel, Rees Hotel15-25 minutes after tour start time: Frankton Bus Station (near Queenstown airport), Wyndham Gardens Hotel20-30 minutes after tour start time: Hilton Hotel & Resort2 hours 20 minutes after tour start time: Te Anau Bus Stop, 95 Te Anau Terrace, Te AnauPorts
    • The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • Children aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours’ notice).
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
    • 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.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-56760P44

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