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Our most recommended Southland Family-friendly Activities

Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

1. Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

Climb aboard 'Gem of the Sound', the newest vessel to cruise in the fiord, for a Milford Sound nature cruise. Capture the best views of the incredible fiord with three-levels of indoor and outdoor seating, unique glass roofs, and large viewing decks. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board and embrace you as one of the family, whilst you marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth. Relax in the comfortable booth seating with stylish decor and ambient lighting. High-definition cameras project outdoor footage live onto TV screens throughout the vessel - so no matter where are, you won't miss a thing. Admire New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks and feel the spray of cascading waterfalls. Look out for playful dolphins and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Travel the length of the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, to see why Captain Cook failed to discover Milford Sound after charting the Fiordland National Park.

Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

2. Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

Experience the stunning Fiordland National Park from the sky. Soar high above the Iris Burn Valley and Lake Manapouri, also known as the "Lake of Many Islands". Spot the infamous West Arm Power Station on Lake Manapouri before flying up and over the Wilmot Pass into Doubtful Sound. This long and winding fiord is one of Fiordland’s deepest and is home to a number of stunning waterfalls. Your helicopter will detour into magical Campbell’s Kingdom, a beautiful hanging valley encompassing a lake and a waterfall. This is the stuff of fairytales. From here, take a peek at Bradshaw Sound before soaring over the Main Divide of the Southern Alps for a second remote landing at scenic Mount Kidd. Make sure you have the camera or phone well charged for this flight — you’ll want to revisit the scenes and landscapes you visit over and over again.

Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

3. Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

Feel the thrill of soaring over the Tutoko Glacier on flight between Queenstown and Milford Sound. Explore the beauty of Fiordland National Park on a catamaran tour and see glacier-carved fjords and a magnificent beech forest. Enjoy complimentary tea or coffee on your trip.  Take a scenic flight over the mountains and valleys of South Island, and appreciate the beauty of the dramatic landscape between Queenstown and Milford Sound. Enjoy bird's eye views of the Southern Lakes, Tutoko Glacier, and Milford Fiord. If you have time after the flight, walk through the bush to the boat docks with your pilot and learn about the native environment. Climb aboard the Spirit of Milford catamaran, and explore the legendary body of water for 2 hours. Marvel at the flora and fauna, and get up close to native wildlife, including rare Fiordland crested penguins in the Spring and Fall. Appreciate the grandeur of the cliffs rising hundreds of meters from the water. Get within touching distance of impressive geological features, and feel the full force of the powerful Stirling Falls. Join the skipper on the bridge for a bird's-eye view, and to discover how the boat operates.

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What people are saying about Southland

Highly recommend this cruise . Best experience. Top class facilities , service and one of the best commentaries. If you are planning a cruise of the sound you can’t bet this.

Not crowded, captains commentary was on point in terms of brief and to the point so could enjoy the nature and views around you without being bombarded with info.

Definitely a must if you're in Milford Sound! The views were stunning and the staff were friendly and enthusiastic which made the experience much more enjoyable.

Lovely cruise, modern and clean boat, staff were friendly and approachable.

We really enjoy hope soon we come back again thanks