Leg 3: Routeburn to Milford Sound and back to Dunedin (via Queenstown)
The next day I woke up early and hiked out to the end of the track where I met a shuttle bus at 11am to take me to Milford Sound.
When I arrived at Milford Sound I took an afternoon cruise – it was absolutely gorgeous and really relaxing after my hard day’s hike. After the cruise, I boarded a bus back to Queenstown and then on to Dunedin. All in all, the bus transport was incredibly convenient and I never found myself spending more than 15 minutes waiting for a bus.
In total, the trip cost roughly NZ$200 and included transport from Dunedin to Queenstown, a shuttle to the start of the Routeburn Track, a shuttle from the Routeburn Track to Milford Sound, a cruise on Milford Sound, transport from Milford Sound to Queenstown and then back to Dunedin. The track service was provided by Tracknet.
The trip was not only affordable but allowed me to hit three South Island highlights in one weekend which was really cool.