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Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise

Get closer, go longer! Why travel to Milford Sound and do anything less than the best.

Highlights

  • Intimate Milford Sound Experience in a smaller boat with fewer passengers
  • Taste pure glacial water from breathtaking towering waterfalls
  • Take close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins
  • Delve into the history, geology and wildlife of the Fiord
  • The longest cruise in Milford Sound at 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Specialist nature guides sharing local knowledge with lively informative commentary

Join Southern Discoveries for the ultimate Milford Sound Cruise experience!

Explore Milford with other like minded individuals and our talented nature guides on a 2 hour and 15 minute nature cruise.

Drink pure glacial water straight from Fairy Falls, experience the full force of Stirling Falls as it pounds onto the front deck (or you) while exploring all the nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord from our luxurious small boat.

Take in close up views of seals, birds and a multitude of wildlife, including dolphins riding the bow wave, and the world's rarest penguin - the Fiordland crested penguin.

Being on-board a smaller boat gets you closer and gives you a greater appreciation for the scale and grandeur of Milford Sound's rugged cliff faces rising hundreds of metres from the ocean. Benefit from the knowledge of the skipper and expert guides on hand to ensure you don't miss a thing.

Complimentary tea and coffee is provided and you can pre-order delicious lunch options as you complete your booking process.

Adult - 9.30am $95.00
Adult - 2.45pm $95.00
Adult - 9.45am $75.00
Adult 12.15pm $99.00
Child $30.00

What's included

  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Raincoats provided on board so you can stand on the bow under tumbling waterfalls
  • Purpose built catamaran with large viewing windows and covered seating areas

Duration

  • Cruise duration: 2 hours - 2 hours 15 minutes

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Car parking in Milford Sound costs $10 per hour and there are a limited number of free car parks plus a complimentary shuttle service available in the Park & Ride area just outside of Milford Sound in Deepwater Basin. 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 milfordsoundtourism.nz

    Product extras: Available to book upon reaching checkout.

  • Picnic lunch option at $25 per adult/child
  • Please note:

    Child age is to 5-14 years, infants 0-4 years carried free of charge.

    Child must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult on all cruises

    Maximum two children per adult

    Not valid in conjunction with any other special offers or discounts

Available Bookings from November 16 to November 22

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10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$95.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$95.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$80.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$95.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$95.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$95.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.30am$95.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 9.45am$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult 12.15pm$99.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult - 2.45pm$75.00
  • Child$30.00

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

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Tess from Australia wrote on 10 March 2019

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Spectacular (sailed 9 March 2019)

Had an absolutely wonderful time. Guides were informative and friendly, on board amenities were great, and the chance to get up close and personal with a glacial fall? Unmissable! One tip - If you want the postcard blue sky's go in summer.

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Jordan Archer from Australia wrote on 07 September 2019

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Beautifully relaxing.

Loved this cruise through the fiord, seeing the cliffs and animals up close was stunning. Would recommend this to anyone visiting the South Island.

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Kellie-Ann from New Zealand wrote on 28 August 2019

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Highlight of our holiday

So beautiful no matter the weather. My son thought drinking waterfall water was like the best thing ever. We saw heaps of different wildlife like Seals and penguins. Such good value for money! I would definitely do this again with the family!

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Brian from United Kingdom wrote on 08 March 2019

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Great cruise & excellent value through Bookme

This was a fantastic cruise, what an overload of scenery and views. The boat's crew were great, very knowledgeable with a humorous twist occasionally. Going under the waterfalls was an interesting experience, a particularly wet one for the crew member who went under the fall to collect glasses of water for passengers to sample! Parking at the Sound was easy (campervan) & free, the whole cruise was organised so efficiently we couldn't fault it. The drive from Te Anue was easy and several viewing stops. A really well worthwhile trip to make especially with the Bookme discount. We also went on a Doubtful Sound trip and both my wife & I enjoyed Milford Sound more although both are great experiences in their own way.

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KEVIN HILL from Australia wrote on 05 March 2019

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Not to be missed!

The highlight of our NZ visit. Small boat and that made the difference. In close encounters and great service. Knowledgeable crew. Endless coffee too. Highly recommended.

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