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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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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 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 January 14, 2016

The last thing you think you would want to do on vacation is sit in a bus for 5 hours, but it really is a must do. and the time flies looking at all the beautiful scenery. I can't even describe how beautiful Milford Sound...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Alexis H
CruiseM5, Manager at Cruise Milford, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Hi Thank you for your review and for the good advise for other visitors. Im pleased you enjoyed your day. Thank you

Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

Very well run and staff were knowledgable about all aspects of Milford Sound. Staff were personable & had a laugh with all guests. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: January 2016
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CruiseM5, Manager at Cruise Milford, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Thanks for your review and please to hear you enjoyed you time with the Milford team. Cheers

Reviewed January 10, 2016

We did some research before choosing to cruise with Cruise Milford, but we really didn't fully understand the difference between the options. It was a rainy day and we were really glad it was as the waterfalls just kept getting better as the rains came...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Eric M
CruiseM5, Manager at Cruise Milford, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Thank you for your review and for the extremely useful information for other visitors. I'm so very pleased that you got to see the difference and got to really enjoy your time at Milford Sound. Thanks for coming out with us and Cheers.

Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you're going to venture in to the heart of New Zealand's most untouched wilderness you want to do it with real Kiwi's. The team at Cruise Milford are exactly that. Professional, friendly and always ready to crack a joke at the expense of their...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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CruiseM5, Manager at Cruise Milford, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Wow. I think I will keep this short and sweet!!! Thank you for your review and thanks for you great feedback and info for future visitors. Ill pass your comments on to Craig and the Crew. Cheers

Reviewed January 1, 2016

Apparently sheeting rain is the default weather condition at Milford, but don't let that put you off the boat trip. Cruise Milford run smaller boats than the other operators and manage to get up close to the numerous waterfalls and other features along the coastline....More

Date of experience: December 2015
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CruiseM5, Manager at Cruise Milford, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Thanks for your very good info for other travelers and for the great review, I would agree with you 100%, I think Milford is at its best on a wet day as it show the true nature of the Sound, with its waterfalls and true...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.
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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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