Since we were staying at Milford, we booked the first time slot (9am) cruise for Milford Sound as I had read it was quieter, less boats out and much less full. We chose JUCY cruise because it was the cheapest ($45NZD) and they had a booking office in Queenstown. (I am pretty sure all the cruises are exactly the same.)
The cruise was very scenic but freezing cold. Here are more photos to describe how scenic they were. It lasted for 2 hours and we even had dolphins swimming along our boat. We really lucked out with the great weather at Milford because I heard it rains a lot.
Afterwards we went to hike the Key Summit Track which is an easy 2ish hour roundtrip hike that lets you see a lot of mountains along Fiordland. The Key Summit Track is part of the Great Walk Routeburn hike. Here are more photos:
After a long drive and backtracking since Milford is a dead end road, we passed by Queenstown again and decided to check out the Jardine Boulder Field. Since there was no topo we just made up our own routes and played around. Lovely rock with much more features than Castle Hill.
Wow we took a lot of photos that day! With that we ended our day at Arrowtown, a very quaint and historic town near Queenstown and had a delicious dinner at a craft beer restaurant called The Fork and Tap.