We did a nature cruise at 3:45 PM which is the latest option. It takes you through Milford Sound all te way to the Tasman Sea. For the nature cruise they use a smaller boat and take you real close to the waterfalls and wildlife. We saw seals and penguins on our cruise.
Because 3:45 PM is the latest option and all the big tour groups have already left Milford Sound by then, this cruise is really a good idea. There was only a fifth of the persons that you can fit on this boat, on this cruise.
There are no places to stay in Milford Sound, but there are a couple of DOC campsites and several lodges between the Homer Tunnel and Te Anau.
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