||After having been in Queenstown for a few days, we drove our rental car to Te Anau where we stayed for three nights as a base location for going to Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound.
RECOMMENDATION: We talked with several tourists that took both of those tours from Queenstown by bus. They said it was too long of a day, especially for the Milford Sound tour. The round-trip bus drive from Queenstown to Manapouri (start of Doubtful Sound Tour) is 5 hours. The round-trip bus drive from Queenstown to Milford is 10 hours! You can fly from Queenstown for these tours, but then you'd miss out on the fabulous drive from Te Anau to Milford, one of the world's prettiest drives. We stopped many times on that drive to hike and take pictures.