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

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Natalie from New Zealand wrote on 02 November 2019

Incredible!

Absolutely outstanding views and a fantastic staff, they made it so much fun and gave great bits of info! Thank you so much for a great time! ♥️

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Dan Koren from Israel wrote on 16 October 2019

Amazing

Amazing place. Great crew. Fantastic weather. Will remember this all my life!

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nicolam3 from New Zealand wrote on 03 October 2019

Great tour

We loved Damien and tom etc, the cruise was great, not much wild life, but that's the sounds for you. We did the 9.30am and only 15 on board. We travelled the same areas as real journeys that we went on the next day but with 500 Chinese at 11am. Real journeys goes a lot faster, so cruise went faster than the nature cruise. Would recommend it over the bigger boats. You don't get the coach loads of people on board.

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Jordan Archer from Australia wrote on 07 September 2019

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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JT from United Kingdom wrote on 26 February 2020

Great!

Awesome experience despite the rainy weather - we went on this trip just about a day before the whole area got locked down due to floods. Visibility wasn't great, however, the crew kept us positive and told that this was still a special day to come as there are barely ever this many waterfalls visible at Milford Sound. And we couldn't agree more, it was just amazing! Despite the limited views this was one of the most wonderful places we've ever been to. The whole crew were great and commentary throughout the trip was interesting and funny, very entertaining! Would definitely come back again and try the same cruise -maybe on a sunny day next time. Keep up the great vibe and thanks for the experience!

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