Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Duration: 2 hours
It was fantastic!! To start off with we were rather disappointed that we woke up to a rainy day. But off we went, raincoats on all ready for the day. We ordered the packed lunch, which was more than enough, and very tasty. The rain did not put on damper on the day at all. In fact with the rain came the most amazing waterfalls, many of them too. We were very blessed to be able to go out into the sea because we had no wind. We saw dozens of fur seals and even spotted a whale...twice!!. A fantast day had!! The team were amazing...the service great...facilities clean and first class!!
Wonderful guide who feed us so much local geographical and historical information, as well as Maori mythology, flora, fauna, bird life, plus weather patterns and effects etc. Descriptions of the different walks were accurately explained so that the correct choice of a tramp could be made based upon one's physical ability. Obviously Milford itself lived up to all our hopes and expectations. Would highly recommend exploring with Trips and Tramps.
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?
Although, the weather wasn't the best, the views from the boat were beautiful. You could stay cozy and warm indoors, drinking a hot drink or walk outside and be one with the elements. The captain gave a commentary of things to look for. We drove ourselves to Milford from Manapouri, with the rain there were numerous waterfalls flowing down the mountains, my kids and l stopped numerous times to look.
This trip only takes a limited number out each time. You feel very welcomed and special. The boat has a lot of history and is a great way to glide along the water. The food and drinks where an added bonus. George and Adam are very knowledgeable and are just lovely. The guided walk is an added bonus. An easy walk and is very beautiful.