1. New Zealand
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  3. Fiordland National Park

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Optional Lunch

Product ID: 63241
Discover the wildlife and waterfalls of Milford Sound on a nature cruise by purpose-built catamaran. Marvel at the majesty of Mitre Peak, get up-close to Stirling Falls and keep dry with the provided raincoats as you cruise both sides of the fjord.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Discover Milford Sound on a 1-hour 45-minute nature cruise for excellent views of scenery and wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins
  • Feel the full force from the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls and keep dry with the provided raincoats
  • Enjoy 360-degree views from the top deck of a purpose-built catamaran for panoramic photo opportunities
  • Choose from a range of lunch options or bring your own packed lunch
  • Listen to lively and informative commentary on the fiord’s history, geology, and wildlife from a specialist nature guide
Full description
Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran in Milford Sound Cruise Terminal and set sail across the water to discover the unique wildlife of one of South Island's most picturesque attractions. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee onboard and pre-purchase lunch from a range of delicious options when booking. 

Journey down the south side of the fjord and out into the Tasman Sea, before returning up the north side of the fjord. Listen to a fascinating commentary about the region from a specialist nature guide, join the skipper in the open wheelhouse, and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by. 

Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. Feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls, and keep dry with the on-board raincoats. The guide will roam around the vessel providing interpretations of the history, geology and wildlife of the fjord along the way. 
  • 1 hour 45 minute Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Raincoats (provided onboard)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Range of lunch options available (if option selected)
  • Access to top deck for viewing and panoramic photo opportunities
  • Large viewing windows and covered seating area
What’s Not Included
  • Japanese obento or Thali Indian or hot buffet or picnic lunch (unless option selected)

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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
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
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
• 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
• Lunches must be booked at least 24 hours ahead of travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 291 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Truly a must see! Just the drive up is amazing landscrape but Milford Sound is breathtaking. Hard to believe it was caused be a glacier. Our trip was blessed with magnificent weather (this is not always the case) & we had a bonus of the hat-trick of wildlife: dolphins, penguins & seals (again this is not guaranteed). Remember warm clothes no matter the weather & see back an enjoy the serenity.

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October 26, 2019

Fantastic cruise and excellent crew

I think some people were very impolite and rude. They shouted constantly and it was very difficult to hear the captain at times. They seemed to have no interest in the cruise at all. Perhaps people might be requested to stop shouting for the couple of minutes the captain is explaining the geographical features.

August 17, 2019

This was a great experience. We were really surprised at how many people were at Milford Sound that day, considering it was a very cool winter's day. The service on board was excellent, friendly, informative, and exciting. Would highly recommend the trip and this company to anyone wanting to go.

July 8, 2019

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Product ID: 63241