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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

  • 2.25-hour boat cruise on Milford Sound, part of World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a smaller-sized vessel with a naturalist guide
  • Learn about the diverse wildlife and geological formations of Milford Sound
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
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12:15pm CruiseMost Popular
Cruise departs at 12:15pm year round
From $58.41
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Cruise departs at 2:45pm year round
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12:15pm Cruise and PicnicLunch
Cruise departs at 12:15pm year round. Enjoy a picnic lunch.
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See the Eighth Wonder of the World on a Milford Sound cruise, led by a naturalist guide. Gliding past granite walls, glacier-fed waterfalls and stunning Mitre Peak aboard a smaller-sized vessel than most Milford Sound cruises, you’ll have great photo ops of this famous South Island attraction situated within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water for just over 2 hours, and be on the lookout for Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre, where you’re welcomed aboard the vessel by your captain. This Milford Sound cruise boat holds a maximum capacity of just 75 people  — less than half the capacity of the average tour — allowing for a more intimate group. 
Sip a hot cup of coffee or tea, and take advantage of spacious outdoor decks or the warm indoor seating with large viewing windows. Throughout your 2.25-hour cruise, you’ll motor past glacier-carved rock walls, such as the 5,550-foot (1,692-meter) Mitre Peak, jutting up from the fiord. Due to the boat’s smaller size, your captain comes close enough to the tumbling waterfalls to offer a taste of the pure waters from the frothy cascades. 
Search for fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland crested penguins as you listen to commentary about this postcard-perfect landscape in the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park.
At the end of the cruise, your captain returns you to the Visitor Centre.
Reviews (54)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
What a place!

The cruise was of the right duration. The ship spacious and clean, with an informative guide. Milford Sound is juat amazing.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Martin B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Encounter nature cruise, underwater observatory and kayaking

We chose to do the combination tour with Southern Discoveries direct from Milford Sound. As It included the cruise, the underwater observatory and kayaking altogether in a four hour excursion we thought this was an excellent if slightly pricey way to experience Milford Sound. Honestly...More

Thank AltabasTravels
Reviewed April 25, 2018
Don't miss this

We were fortunate it rained the night before the cruise and waterfalls were in fine form. Was still misting but wonderful. Wife was on bow when they nosed into the big falls.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Roy P
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile
Awesome and Magical

There are many tour companies to choose from but I would highly recommend traveling with Southern Discoveries. Our family had a wonderful experience on drive from Te Anau, cruise and observatory. Reese was a very personable and informative driver. I felt safe and comfortable during...More

3  Thank Nicole S
Reviewed January 2, 2018
Great scenery on a smaller boat

We selected this option as it was a smaller boat and weren't disappointed. Our afternoon departure allowed us time to drive from Queenstown on the day (this is a long drive and we didn't return to Queenstown, we stayed in Te Anau). We were blessed...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank son1a2013
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