After a long bus trip, we finally arrived at Milford Sound – a destination which we’ve heard so much about from the locals but didn’t quite know what to expect.
Guides, word of mouth, deal websites all made us aware that a New Zealand trip would not be complete without a trip to Milford Sound. My travel companion and I didn’t have a chance to see what Milford Sound actually looked like, so all we knew was that we were going to be on a cruise in the middle of a fiord and no matter what, we weren’t going to escape the cold!
After doing some research, we decided to go with JUCY Cruize due to it’s affordability, costing less than all the other ones which we found. We would’ve used bookme.com but we left it too last minute so there were no more milford deals which included a cruise and a bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
With the option which we chose ‘JUCY Sunriser – departing Queenstown‘, we received a return bus trip on the JUCY coach to Milford sound which drives through and makes a stop at Te Anau to pick up another group of tourists, and then straight to Milford Sound (along with a few stops which I wrote about in my previous post: Mirror Lakes, The Chasm).
Pickups : 5:40am (1 Nov – 31 Mar)
[summer sessions – 6.15am]
Adult: $109 nzd pp
Child: $75 nzd pp
The great thing with these bus tours is that you get complimentary pickup from specific locations which is extremely convenient as the pick up location is not too far from most accommodation lodges! Considering Queenstown can’t get any bigger !
Once arriving, you board the 11.15am cruise which then sets sail for about 1.5 hours before arriving back at the dock where you then take the bus back home to Queenstown or Te Anau, depending where you are located.
Milford Sound is definitely a must see ! The cruise ship has 2 levels. Most people tend to stay on the top as you’re out in the open with a clear view of the scenery as opposed to the undercover. But the undercover is useful once you start to get a bit cold from the wind outside.
There’s honestly a waterfall everywhere you look, it’s pretty amazing ! And in addition, several dolphins circling the area – it was just spectacular.
We were so lucky to have seen a rainbow as it had just cleared from the quick rain which happened just before we got onto the cruise, so it was a pleasant addition to the scene !
And let’s just say, grabbing a shot of the rainbow casting across the waterfall wasn’t an easy task, as almost everyone was so focused leaning forward onto the railings to capture an image of this picturesque sight – it was definitely a very warming & tight experience !
And I absolutely loved this, like seeing almost 3 waterfalls in one !
At one point, the driver got us up and close to this waterfall and because it was massive and high, the drop was massive. I tried to film the whole thing and capture a few photos at the same time but I have to say, I struggled massively. As we started to move away, I noticed how soaked I had gotten and my camera was completely wet. But was it worth it? Definitely !
I didn’t expect this place to be so beautiful, especially when the weather was pretty gloomy. Days leading up to and including this day, it was sprinkling here and there and so we didn’t expect too much. We also avoided setting high expectations by not googling/instagramming prior to visiting. But need I say, it is definitely one of the most beautiful and incredible experiences I’ve ever had !
If you’re ever in Queenstown or visiting New Zealand, this is a must !! You can’t say you’ve been to Queenstown without saying you’ve seen the beautiful Miford Sound.
Photographs captured by : Jen Pham, pictures of girl captured by Daixi Huang