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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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Encounter New Zealand wildlife in the breathtaking environment of Milford Sound from the comfort of Southern Discoveries modern catamaran.

Encounter New Zealand wildlife in the breathtaking environment of Milford Sound from the comfort of Southern Discoveries modern catamaran.

Highlights

  • Say hello to the seals basking on the rocks
  • Specialist nature guide on board sharing their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary
  • Delve into the history, geology and wildlife of the fiord
  • Enjoy a whole top deck for viewing and take breathtaking panoramic photos
  • Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse
  • Stand on the bow under Stirling Falls

With spacious viewing decks purpose built for the ultimate in comfort, panoramic views from the top deck and large covered seating areas below, you can enjoy the views from any vantage point.

Mitre Peak's distinct shape amongst unique wildlife and majestic towering waterfalls is second to none.

The Nature Cruise brings premium viewing of wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins.

You’ll find yourself within touching distance of impressive geological features and feeling the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls.

Adult $145.00 (Aged 15+ )
Child $65.00 (Aged 5 - 14 years)
Infant $0.00 (Aged 0 - 4 years)

What's included

  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Duration

  • Cruise duration: 1 hour 45 minutes - 2 hours

Location

  • Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, State Highway 94, Milford Sound.
  • Allow approximately 5 hours drive time from Queenstown or 3 hours from Te Anau.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Car parking in Milford Sound is $10 per hour, if parking in the main car park, please allow 10-12 minutes to walk to the terminal. There is free parking in Deepwater Basin, please allow 25-30 minutes to walk to the terminal. If you choose to self-drive, we recommend arriving into Milford Sound at least one hour prior to your scheduled cruise departure to allow sufficient time to find a car park and make your way to the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal. For further information about car parking please visit milfordsountourism.nz/parking

    Product Extras: Available to purchase through checkout:

    Picnic Lunch - $35 per Adult/Child/Infant - Available on all departures

    Buffet Lunch - $49 per Adult/Child/Infant - Available on the 1.15pm departure only

  • Please note:Child age is 5 - 14 years. Infants 0 - 4 years are free.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult on all cruises.

    Not valid in conjunction with any other special offers or discounts.

Available Bookings from 23 May to 5 Jun 2024

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  • Adult$108.75 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$101.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$101.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$101.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

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  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$145.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$101.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

  • Adult$108.75 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant Free of Charge

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.7

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Michael Amyes from New Zealand wrote on 24 June 2022

Best scenery in NZ

One of the best boat tours in NZ. The skipper was great, we saw dolphins and seals. Highly recommend the trip in winter time. 10/10

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rebeccae14 from New Zealand wrote on 26 October 2023

Awesome experience

Southern discovers are always great, we booked via Bookme and got a good deal. The drive in the instructions says to allow 5.5 hours but it only took us about 4 hours from Queenstown with a couple short stops. The trip itself was cool, we got to go under a waterfall and the commentary was good. Only thing I can fault is that they didn’t try the seating off after the previous trip so we had to ask for them to dry a seat off. Make sure to take fly spray as the info centre sells it’s for $20. This isn’t anything to do with southern discoveries though and no bugs on the boat itself. Just in the car park. And keep in mind parking is $10 per hour or if you pay on the machine in the terminal it’s $30 for overnight parking. We did not see this until in the terminal. Make sure to take warm clothes and something dry for after if you like to sit outside. Will be back again :)

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giuseppes from Italy wrote on 01 August 2023

Nice experience.... everything as expected

The cruise matched our expectations. On top of the wonderful scenery of Milford Sound we could spot dolphins and seals. The staff was friendly and helpful

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debbiel17 from United Kingdom wrote on 25 January 2023

This was not a 'nature' cruise

We booked this particular cruise expecting the commentary and tour to be based around the wildlife and nature of the Sound. There was nothing. The only commentary, which was extremely brief, talked about why the waterfalls and sound were named as they are. We passed various flocks of birds, not pointed out, not identified. This cruise was no different from any of the others that simply cruise out looking at the admittedly marvellous view. It should not be badged as a 'nature' trip. We paid extra. Mistake!

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ChiaYuan Long from Singapore wrote on 04 July 2023

Amazing

Amazing experience, views, waterfalls, just too bad it was not a rainy day when we were there which we could have seen a lot of beautiful waterfalls from the mountains. Perhaps my expectation was set a little too high from all the raving reviews and all and after pretty much a distance to travel especially by a campervan. Expecting the cruise the get a lot more closer to the waterfall but it did not. Overall is just magical.

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