Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

From US$ 49.27 per person

Enjoy the best of Milford Sound with a leisurely nature cruise. Informative, interactive, and more relaxed, a nature cruise is a perfect way to admire the fiord’s wildlife, waterfalls and mountains.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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  • Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces
  • Cruise the full length of the fiord, past Mitre Peak, St Anne’s Point Lighthouse, and weather permitting right out to the Tasman Sea
  • Enjoy commentary from specialist nature guides who will point out bottlenose dolphins, seals and penguins
  • Benefit from great views from both the outdoor decks and indoor lounge
  • Opt to add-on a delicious lunch option when checking out
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Self-drive through the Fiordland National park to cruise the stunningly iconic Milford Sound. This fiord is the most accessible of Fiordland National Park’s 14 fiords and can be reached by road. Allow 5-6 hours (one-way) driving time from Queenstown and around 3-hours (one-way) from Te Anau.  Check-in at Milford Sound Visitor Terminal then climb aboard a purpose-built vessel for a leisurely, informative, and interactive experience. Admire the towering Mitre Peak rising straight out of the sea. Cruise the fiord, riding near waterfalls and listening to the informative commentary about the region.  Your experienced skippers customize the cruise route on the day depending on the weather and wildlife sightings to ensure you see the best of Milford Sound. Keep a lookout for wildlife, including seals, dolphins and penguins. The vessels have spacious decks, comfortable seating, and large viewing windows.  Sit back and take in the magnificent views of Milford Sound while enjoying lunch onboard. You can add-on a pre-ordered picnic lunch at check-out, bring your own lunch, or purchase snacks and drinks (cash only) onboard the vessel. Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic when it rains in Fiordland. Enjoy the spectacular landscape from a dry comfortable vantage point onboard the vessel.  Choose from an early morning or afternoon cruise. All cruises are subject to availability and the local operator will confirm your exact departure time by email after booking.
  • 2-hour Milford Sound cruise
  • English-only commentary by knowledgeable nature guides
  • Drinks from the licensed bar on board (cash only)
  • Milford Sound visitor parking fees
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, picnic lunch will not be offered
  • Your cruise departure time may be different to the one requested. The local operator will confirm your cruise details by email after booking
  • You might like to spend the night in Te Anau as the trip to Milford and back from Queenstown can be tiring. Leave plenty of time to stop at the many scenic trails and lookouts along the way
  • Bring sensible clothing and footwear for cool and wet weather to fully appreciate your visit
  • Driving conditions during winter (May to September) can be difficult and extreme care is needed. During winter it is mandatory to carry snow chains in your vehicle, available for hire from most petrol stations
  • You can pre-order a picnic lunch, Japanese Obento-style lunch, or Indian-style (vegetarian) lunch box (available on selected departures) at check out
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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Yes I've done that many times with tour groups, mostly on the Sovereign. It was the usual tour with the same jokes. There is a lot more that could be talked about. Looks like each nature guide learns the same old stuff from the previous one. I was astonished that the guide though the pattern on the glacial-scraped rocks was due to the rock melting?? Really? A moving sheet of ice generates thousands of degrees?

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5 January 2021

11 January 2021

Excellent nature cruise and our cruise vessel was brilliant. Enjoyed the scenery and the water falls. One of the best cruise I have ever done and recommend it is a must to anyone who loves to cruise.

10 January 2021

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