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  • Location:Te Anau, New Zealand
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

Don’t miss the chance to take a must-do overnight cruise on Milford Sound aboard the ‘Milford Mariner,’ with round-trip transport from Te Anau by luxury coach. Cruise the entire length of the impressive fiord, passing towering cliffs like Mitre Peak en route to the Tasman Sea. Then anchor for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove, where a nature guide on board helps you make use of provided kayaks to explore. Select a private single or twin-share ensuite cabin, including a 3-course buffet dinner and breakfast.


  • Cruise the full length of the fiord on an overnight Milford Sound cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Te Anau hotels
  • Explore the many waterfalls, rainforests and wildlife with your onboard nature guide
  • Overnight in a private cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • Use of kayaks
  • Enjoy a three-course dinner and breakfast

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What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

Board your luxury coach upon hotel pickup in Te Anau to Milford Sound. Your driver-guide provides interesting commentary on the sights during the scenic drive along Milford Road in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Enjoy rest breaks and brief walks with plenty of photo ops during the journey.

Your Milford Sound overnight cruise begins aboard the Milford Mariner cruise vessel, which travels the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Meet your nature guide on board and check out key natural landmarks such as postcard-perfect Mitre Peak, a snow-capped pinnacle that reaches up 5,551 feet (1,692 meters) from the glass-like water.

Throughout the Milford Sound cruise, you’ll pass by waterfalls, rainforest-clad mountains and marine life such as bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the rare Fiordland penguin. Upon reaching the open sea, your captain hoists the sails, subject to favorable weather conditions. 

The vessel returns to and anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove. Here, enjoy a level of activity or leisure that suits your interests. With a guide on hand, take the tender craft or a kayak to explore the shoreline, or just relax in the observation lounge or the large, open deck. 

After the day’s events, indulge in a 3-course buffet in the spacious dining saloon before retiring to your private ensuite cabin. Beverages are sold at the licensed bar on board.

Following a hearty cooked breakfast the next morning, enjoy more cruising before the Milford Mariner returns to the Milford Sound Wharf, and return to your Te Anau hotel by coach.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour was a fantastic experience. Great crew who looked after our every need. Good food and wine in the evening. The sleeping quarters were a good size and being at the bottom of the boat meant a gentle rocking that put us to sleep nicely. Time frames around the activities were well planned. The morning was the highlight when we were taken towards the entrance with the weather adding to the experience. All the rain had the sides of the sound alive with falling water. Bruce and Donna Thomas Mandurah WA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Brilliant. Excellent tour. Lots to see, good food and well looked after by a great crew.

Great having dolphins swimming alongside for 30 minutes too. Could have reached out and touched them.

Thoroughly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Our trip on the Milford Mariner overnight cruise was magical from start to finish.
The crew on board were so helpful, nothing was a bother. The cabin was very good and the food terrific.
This would have to be the best part of our recent South Island trip. I would recommend this overnight cruise to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

This was a highlight of our trip. cabins great, staff great, food beautiful, Milford Sound is just an amazing place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

This trip was more than we could ever have imagined. We had a fantastic time. The scenery, the food, the wine and the staff were outstanding. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

Absolutely fantastic- the highlight of our trip to New Zealand- the bus ride to Milford Sound was incredible ( glad we decided not to drive ourselves), great views and excellent commentary. Overnight on the Mariner was excellent- delicious food, comfortable cabins and the commentary from staff was knowledgable and very entertaining. I will never forget our trip to Milford sound- surely one of the wonders of the world.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Overall a lovely experience, however I believe the timing needs to be revised. Although interesting there are too many stops en route from Te Anau to Milford, lots of waiting to get on the bus and get on the boat resulting in too little time on the boat. Let's face it, the cruise is the main event and getting on board by 3.30 pm and off at around 10.30 would be excellent. The entire time on the fiord felt rushed - we boarded at 4.30 after a safety briefing we powered madly part way up the fiord to an anchor for the night and in the morning we were powering again at full speed to the Tasman Sea in pitch darkness 7 am only to reach the mouth in half light, to swiftly turn around head back to the wharf by 9.10 am to wait again for the bus. The time on the fiord in the tender boat was interesting but again very short and restricted to one bay. Dinner and breakfast were delicious, the staff were very helpful and informative and the cabin was functional and clean. Coffee was shut down about 8.15 am meaning we had to travel all the way back with no morning coffee break - tough for addicts :. I would recommend the experience however be aware it is very quick!!

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2011

Overall the experience was wonderful but was mislead into believing it was 2 days. However, the cruise wasn't even 1 day as it began at 4.00pm and ended at 9.00am the next morning. The worst thing was that we let the supplier know we were celebrating our 34th Wedding Anniversary and they appointed us to Cabin 1 which was the worst cabin on the whole boat. It was right next to the engine room on the bottom level. After much insistence on being moved, an attendant managed to move us to another cabin on the same level but it had single beds. This was really disappointing but I guess we got some sleep not being right next to the engine room.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

Although the scenery was amazing, the 'overnight cruise' was a disappointment. After boarding we cruised for about 45 minutes before mooring for the night within a mile of the dock where we'd begun the trip. Cruising began again at dawn and was finished by just after 9am.
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