5 star rating: Highly Recommended 79 Reviews

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  • Location:Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

Board the ‘Milford Mariner’ for a Milford Sound overnight cruise along this pristine waterway, situated in New Zealand’s impressive Fiordland National Park. Cruise the entire length of the fiord all the way to the Tasman Sea before your captain anchors in Harrison Cove. Then spend the night in a private single or twin-share en suite cabin, including a 3-course buffet dinner and breakfast. Listen to a nature guide on board and make use of provided kayaks to explore waterfalls and glacial-carved cliffs like Mitre Peak.


  • Cruise the full length of the fiord on an overnight Milford Sound cruise
  • 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

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

Explore the spectacular fiords of New Zealand on an overnight cruise — a leisurely way to see Milford Sound. Make your way to the Milford Sound Wharf to board the Milford Mariner, a purpose-built vessel designed to accommodate passengers in private single or twin-share cabins with en suite bathrooms, catering to those who enjoy a combination of comfort and adventure.

Take a seat in the observation lounge or large open deck to view the stunning landscape of the South Island’s Fiordland National Park from the water. While the cruise boat departs for the Tasman Sea, you’ll glide past cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and cliffs carved by ice-age glaciers.

The knowledgeable nature guide on board points out natural landmarks, such as the oft-photographed Mitre Peak, and discusses the area’s wildlife. Keep an eye out for sunbathing fur seals, as well as penguins, dolphins and even the occasional whale. If you’d like, relax with a drink in hand, sold at the licensed, onboard bar.

After reaching the open sea, your captain hoists the sails for a period (subject to favorable weather conditions) before returning the Milford Mariner to Harrison Cove to anchor overnight. In the sheltered cove, enjoy activities including sea kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender craft, or simply relax on deck.

Your overnight cruise includes a delicious three-course buffet dinner, served in the spacious dining saloon, before you retire to your private cabin for the night. The next morning, enjoy a  hearty cooked breakfast and further cruising before you’re returned to the Milford Sound Wharf.

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Customer Reviews

Tyler M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you are going to make the trip to Milford Sound--and you should-- this is the absolute best way to take the beauty in. The overnight trip was one the of highlights of our 2 week New Zealand trip. The cabins were clean and comfortable. We found the food to be very good. The staff was absolutely fantastic-- everyone was extremely kind, very friendly and easy to engage and learn about everything the sound had to offer. We left feeling this was money extremely well spent.

Nicolette J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a fabulous time on this cruise, the weather was perfect and the staff very helpful. The food was lovely although the seafood went very quickly. Activities included kayaking or a boat ride and swimming. We had seals come up on the landing of the boat at the stern. Being there in the evening and early morning when all was quiet was amazing, so peaceful.

Phillip O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had the best of both worlds. On the afternoon cruise to the overnight mooring location pouring rain caused all the dry waterfalls to appear and the permanent waterfalls to really pump, it was awesome. The rain cleared overnight and the morning cruise was clear and sunny and absolutely magnificent. The cruise staff were fantastic and food sumptuous. Good beds.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great trip, very informative thanks to guide Stu. Must be one of teh most beautiful places on earth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved it
Staff were terrific service outstanding
Free to get as involved as you like
Food great
Views to die for
Best sleep I had in ages

Barbara L G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was the highlite of our 15 day trip to the south island. Great boat great crew extremely beautiful scenery. Don't miss the opportunity to see it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The most fantastic trip. Great evening, great meal and views to die for!

Pamela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Superb tour. Naturalist was excellent. Guide for our small boat was too. Everyone was very personable.
Food and accomodations were wonderful. And our weather covered all the bases except gale. Loved it.

Ron D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Cheryl K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Had a wonderful time on Mariner. The Captain was informative and pleasant. Nothing was a trouble for the crew they were caring, knowledgeable and efficient. We managed to arrive in beautiful weather and awoke to find it had rained during the night. the next morning the Sound was amass with waterfalls mountains and wildlife, truly beautiful.

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