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Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise & Optional Lunch

Product ID: 23804
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Experience the beauty of Milford Sound up close aboard a luxury boat. Enjoy an entertaining commentary from the onboard nature guide, feel the thrill of Stirling Falls glacial waters, and glimpse unique flora and fauna. Optional picnic lunch available.
About this activity
Duration: 2.25 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover Milford Sound aboard a smaller boat with fewer passengers on a 2.25-hour cruise
  • Enjoy interactive and entertaining commentary from your crew
  • Explore the wild nooks and crannies of the fiord and take in the unique flora and fauna
  • Feel the thrill as the glacial water of the Stirling Falls creates a mist over the boat
  • Join the nature cruise ideal for close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins
Full description
Get up close to Milford Sound’s natural charm aboard a luxurious tour boat. Enjoy a 2.25-hour intimate cruise, taking in the rich landscape around you as you listen to the entertaining narration of the on-board nature guide.

The small boat explores the nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine the unique flora and fauna. Get up-close snapshots of seals, birds, dolphins, and, of you are lucky the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

See the impressive geological features of the Fiordland national park. Catch a drink of pure glacial water as you pass the 15,000 year-old Stirling falls and feel the full force of the tumbling rapids. Optional picnic lunch upgrade is available to enjoy onboard if option selected when booking.
  • Milford Sound 2.25-hour cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Picnic lunch (if option selected)
  • Access to top deck for viewing and panoramic photo opportunities
  • Large viewing windows and covered seating area

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound, New Zealand. Be sure to allow 5 hours driving time from Queenstown and just over 2 hours from Te Anau or opt for a coach and cruise option departing from Queenstown or Te Anau (available to book on GetYourGuide).

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls that cascade down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand meters in height
• To upgrade to include picnic lunch please select this option when booking. Regular, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options available
• All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
• Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability
• Free parking is available in Milford Sound and it is approximately a 10 minute walk from the car park to the cruise terminal
• Timetables, cruise departures and vessels may vary. In the interest of your safety, the local operator may cancel any cruise at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or boat maintenance
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Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 184 reviews
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Southern Discoveries

Product ID: 23804