Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Optional Lunch

From US$ 56.18 per person

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 as you cruise both sides of the fjord.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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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
  • 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. 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
  • 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
  • Nature commentary
  • Picnic lunch (unless option selected)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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 312 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Although, the weather wasn't the best, the views from the boat were beautiful. You could stay cozy and warm indoors, drinking a hot drink or walk outside and be one with the elements. The captain gave a commentary of things to look for. We drove ourselves to Milford from Manapouri, with the rain there were numerous waterfalls flowing down the mountains, my kids and l stopped numerous times to look.

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January 2, 2021

Cruise and crew were very friendly and helpful. The detailed commentary from the guide about milford, native plants, waterfalls was great. It was enjoyable cruise regardless of very bad weather on 31st Nov. Kids loved it too.. we saw the seals too.. very much recommended. We would have loved the walk from parking to the terminal more had it not been pouring on that day. Regardless we had a lovely time. Thank you!

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November 1, 2020

We were so lucky - sunny day and only a bit of wind the further out we got. Such an amazing place to visit. We will be back. The crew were very helpful and their knowledge of the area was great. Its nice to learn about your own country when visiting different places. Some wildlife out and about to view and we really loved seeing the native landscape and waterfalls.

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October 17, 2020

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