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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Milford Sound, New Zealand
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The UNESCO-listed Milford Sound is the postcard icon of New Zealand’s South Island – a dramatic fjord, ringed by jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. This 2-hour cruise checks off all the highlights, affording spectacular views of Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, and Mount Pembroke; passing the mighty Mitre Peak; and gliding out along the Tasman Sea coast.
  • 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park
  • Cruise along the fjord and along the Tasman Sea coast
  • Admire natural wonders such as Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke
  • Spot native wildlife such as fur seals, dusky dolphins, and Fiordland crested penguins
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Small boat tour ensures a personalised experience
Make your own way to the Milford Sound Visitor Center in the Fiordland National Park to board your boat, then set sail across the startling blue waters of Milford Sound. Keep your camera close to hand as you cruise out across the fjord and admire natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mount Pembroke.

Climb onto your boat’s viewing platform to get a better view of the local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. As you continue towards the Tasman Sea coast, pass beneath the distinctive 5,551-foot (1,692 meter) mountain of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

As you turn back into Milford Sound, see the dramatic approach witnessed by the first settlers at the end of the 18th-century, and hear stories about their journey from your guide’s live on-board commentary. After two hours on the water, cruise back to shore and head back to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre, where your tour ends.

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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
, Nov 2019
Even though the weather was terrible on our trip to Milford, the staff aboard the scenic cruise were lovely. They told us all to get a hot drink and showed us when animals were visible. It was extremely wet and windy, but the waterfalls were amazing.
Mitre boat Milford Sound
, Nov 2019
Loved the smaller boat and fewer people. Views were fantastic. Boat took us close to the falls and wildlife (without disturbing). Would highly recommend
Amazing Scenery
, Oct 2019
Weather not the best with rain and quite cold but this made the scenery even more dramatic. Amazing waterfalls and snow capped mountains. Great cruise and commentary, plenty of hot tea and coffee. All in all an amazing experience.
, Mar 2019
Amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. We were taken right up close to sedl rock, we could almost touch the seals. And also under the waterfall. A good soaking! Up close and personal - fantastic. Thank you Mitre Peak Cruises.
Great trip in a smaller boat. Able to...
, Oct 2017
Great trip in a smaller boat. Able to get close to everything. Great crew.
Our trip was fantastic. We had...
James B
, Aug 2017
Our trip was fantastic. We had perfect weather. The crew was friendly, The boat was un crowded.
It was a very wet day when we went...
Amanda C
, Mar 2017
It was a very wet day when we went but that was good as we got to see lots of waterfalls. Our captain got us very close to the waterfalls and we got to see a few seals. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours.
It was well organised and a pleasant...
Marc L
, Mar 2017
It was well organised and a pleasant trip with spectacular views. The commentary was good. We were also lucky with the weather the day we went. Suggestion is that you can do more with the coffee bar options and maybe even have it manned if it makes sense....
We loved this tour because it was on...
Karin C
, Mar 2017
We loved this tour because it was on the smallest boat, which made it more flexible and close-up to waterfalls. Also we booked the first tour of the day, which meant it wasn't full, so there was much room to move around on the boat. And luckily, we had gorgeous weather, so it was pretty perfect!
Had booked ahead but we missed our...
Dianne W
, Feb 2017
Had booked ahead but we missed our boat. Recommend to allow an extra 30 minutes if you drive to be on the safe side. The young man at check in was terrific. Gave us a jaffa and a she'll be right and we were on the next boat within a hour with no extra charge. We had beautiful weather and got in close to all the highlights. The driver gave very informative commentary. I had understood no food or drink or the boat apart from the complimentary tea and coffee but that actually meant none served. Passengers are allowed to bring their own and eat on the boat which is nice if you are going out around lunchtime.

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