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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Milford Sound Visitor Centre
    2h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live commentary on board by nature guide
    • FREE Tea and coffee
    • Picnic lunch (if option selected)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Car parking in Milford Sound incurs a $10 hourly fee payable only by credit card. There are a limited number of free car parks and a complimentary shuttle service available in the Park & Ride area. We recommend arriving into Milford Sound at least 1-1.5 hours prior to your scheduled cruise departure.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    Set out early from Queenstown to get the 9:30 ferry. This is a long drive, but if you time it right, spectacular. Once there parking was easy but a bit pricy at $10.00 an hour, The boat is smaller than some, but that is ok...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank David M
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We did the bus trip out to Milford Sounds and then when on the boat, it was one of our favourite activities on our trip to NZ we would highly recommend it. we will be back

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Giggletree
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Mixed bag not all negative with the cruise line. Booked on line several months ago and was advised that there was free parking available. Stopped at the Information counter several hours prior to our cruise time and was told where the lot was, some distance...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Gary O
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Having seen Fjords in Norway an Montenegro Milford Sound was a pleasant experience. We were fortunate as we pre booked tickets and was on a tight schedule. Following late Winter snow and rain on 25 September the road was closed until 2h30pm on 26th. We...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Cornelius M
    Reviewed August 26, 2019

    The experience from Southern Discoveries Tour was amazing. The afternoon tour was less congested. The weather was God sent....Beautiful and Sunny.

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    August 26, 2019|
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    Response from aburn2017 | Reviewed this property |
    Sure, there is no obligation to buy the lunch, we didn’t. Enjoy your trip!
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