Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound
- Small group
- Duration: 4 hours
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Staff and guides were absolutely phenomenal! It was easy to tell that they all love their job and are very passionate about it. The Kayaking was great with a group of only 8 guests and 2 guides. We were lucky enough to see a bunch of penguins when we were out paddling and even though the guides see them every other day or so, they got just as excited about it as the rest of us - which was great to see and a receipt on their passion for the job. Guides for the under water observatorium was great too and the whole experience there was way over expectations. As well as the skippers who spotted more penguins and wild life on the way back and slowed down and made sure we all got to see them. Pointed out, told us facts about them and the Fiords and everything else we could possibly be interested in. The picnic lunch was perfect too. Great value for the money and we were all very satisfied with our day and the whole experience! We were 3 adults (59, 55 and 27 y/o) and one teenager (16 y/o).
Everything was amazing and we got beautiful sunny weather which meant we got to see everything in Milford Sound as there was no clouds hiding the mountains. The kayaking is a must and very safe. The buffet wasn’t great, but nice if you want some warm food after upto 4 hrs drive from Queenstown. There was a group on a tour from an Asian country and it seemed like the buffet has extra things for them and not the rest of us. I asked for a bowl and they couldn’t even provide me that and said it’s only available for the other tour. I think they should be inclusive as a buffet means everything is available to everyone in my opinion. There was no juice, just water and tea.
Milford Sound is so beautiful. One of the best trips ever. By doing the cruise, under water observatory and the kayak we got to spend quite a bit of time and really got the full experience. Very friendly helpful informative guide. Anyone can do the kayak with the great launching platform that lifts and lowers you into and out of the water. Bonus great picnic lunch bag provided to each of us. The water is so crystal clear and you get to paddle right up to the sides of the fiords. Totally recommend whole experience is breathtaking from start to finish. Bonus of seeing dolphins and fur seals also.
We loved the cruise, even hit the trifecta! (dolphins, penguins and seals) What a beautiful place to visit . The information provided was interesting and it was a very nice lunch. The kayaking was a bit of a disappointment. The guides were great and interesting but we didn't see much. Just went up a river off the sound. We thought we'd actually be in the sound, maybe that is not possible, don't know.
The three separate parts of the overall cruise worked wonderfully well together and each gave a different and complementary viewpoint of the Sound. The cruise, itself, was an excellent introduction to the beauty, manifold attractions and magnificence of the Sound while the kayaking allowed a different perspective to be had. I'd do all three again.