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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience

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Join this tour for an uncrowded boutique small boat cruise on Milford Sound. The only cruise company at Milford Sound to limit passenger numbers on-board, they offer comfortable luxury lounge style seating and superb customer service, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed. The smaller boats will get you up close and personal with the local wildlife like seals, dolphins and penguins in their marine habitat.
  • Escape the crowds on this smaller boat that prioritizes guest space
  • See native New Zealand wildlife from viewing windows and open decks
  • Luxury lounge with ocean-facing sofas and snacks
  • Listen to live narration from the skipper
  • Multiple departures daily for flexible scheduling
What to Expect
Make your way to the visitor terminal in Milford Sound at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to check in for your cruise. Board a spacious boat that only books to half capacity to allow for the best experience. Climb to an upper cabin with water-facing sofas, and help yourself to coffee, tea, and biscuits, while listening to live commentary from the skipper. Smaller than some cruise boats, the maneuverable vessel can get you even closer to the wildlife you may spot along the way, from New Zealand fur seals to the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Cruise all the way to the end of Milford Sound, where the fiord opens up onto the Tasman Sea, with expansive views throughout your time on the water. This cruise concludes at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cruise Milford, 1 Milford Sound Hwy, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
1h 45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits on-board all sailings
  • No food sold on-board the cruise
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please feel free to bring your own food on-board the cruise.
  • Please note proof of age for children is required upon check-in at Milford Sound
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • From November to March we recommend to plan an extra 40min to find a car park
  • For any extra information regarding the drive, transport or the cruise please contact us via phone or email
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
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 1 week ago via mobile

Cruise was good. Nice to get up close to waterfalls so you look like you’ve stepped into the shower with your clothes on and to see the seals. Sadly no dolphins. Guide was most informative when necessary and when there is something of interest to...More

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

Cruise was great. It wasn’t clear where to go once we parked the car (no signs with directions to where the terminal was), and the council now charge $10 per hour for parking, but the experience itself was breathtaking. I would upgrade the sound system...More

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

All cruise companies follow the same routes so which cruise to take is your preference of big ship or small. Cruise Milford is fairly small ship with indoor lounge sofas. It was very comfortable. In comparison, Real Journeys and Southern Discoveries offer bigger ship, they...More

Thank torasan1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled on the 10.45am boat which was a lot quieter than the 12.45pm we saw departing. We travelled in September and there were only a dozen people aboard (although I imagine it is booked up way in advance during the summer months). The boat...More

Thank Mimzie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a fly / cruise / fly trip from Queenstown as a kick off for our honeymoon, after traveling over from Australia. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. If you are reading these comments wondering whether to bite the bullet and book,...More

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September 24, 2019|
Response from Denise M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I would contact them directly.
September 18, 2019|
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Response from Bec81josh82 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We went for the snow so travelled end of June into July. It was fabulous. Not sure when the best time is to go. Would depend on what you were going for. If snow I think when we went was perfect as wasn’t too busy.
Kenneth G
August 28, 2019|
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Response from Bec81josh82 | Reviewed this property |
I’m not 100% sure BUT there’s quite a few companies operating there who are willing to negotiate prices. We went with the smaller family owned cruise. It was excellent!!
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