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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Milford Sound, New Zealand
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See the Eighth Wonder of the World on a Milford Sound cruise, led by a naturalist guide. Gliding past granite walls, glacier-fed waterfalls and stunning Mitre Peak aboard a smaller-sized vessel than most Milford Sound cruises, you’ll have great photo ops of this famous South Island attraction situated within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water for just over 2 hours, and be on the lookout for Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins.
  • 2.25-hour boat cruise on Milford Sound, part of World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a smaller-sized vessel with a naturalist guide
  • Learn about the diverse wildlife and geological formations of Milford Sound
  • Look for animals such as bottlenose dolphins, Fiordland crested penguins and seals
  • Taste water siphoned directly from the glacier-fed waterfalls
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
Make your way to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre, where you’re welcomed aboard the vessel by your captain. This Milford Sound cruise boat holds a maximum capacity of just 75 people  — less than half the capacity of the average tour — allowing for a more intimate group. 

Sip a hot cup of coffee or tea, and take advantage of spacious outdoor decks or the warm indoor seating with large viewing windows. Throughout your 2.25-hour cruise, you’ll motor past glacier-carved rock walls, such as the 5,550-foot (1,692-meter) Mitre Peak, jutting up from the fiord. Due to the boat’s smaller size, your captain comes close enough to the tumbling waterfalls to offer a taste of the pure waters from the frothy cascades. 

Search for fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland crested penguins as you listen to commentary about this postcard-perfect landscape in the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park.

At the end of the cruise, your captain returns you to the Visitor Centre.


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Good experience
Summer L
, Nov 2019
Enjoyed the cruise tour. Captain introduction is great! However the chinese introduction by crew was too soft & short, did not really translate the introduction from captain.
Milford sound nature cruise
, Sep 2019
Such a beautiful place to visit and our cruise was amazing and very informative. Enjoyed the bus trip from Te Anau as well, very picturesque with stops along the way for great photo opportunities. Highly recommend.
Beautiful, but a bit overrated. Sound system on ship was awful.
, May 2019
Milford sound is consistently rated as a 'must see" attraction, and rightly so. The fjords are majestic and beautiful, but not quite up to the hype. Going there adds a day to the itinerary as the only option is basically a round trip out of Te Anau. Fortunately, the drive there can be amazing. We took the time to go to Humbolt Falls, which adds about an hour and a half between the drive (dirt road) and hiking. Stopping at Mirror Lakes is also worth the time. The ship, as advertised, took fewer passengers than its rated capacity which made it uncrowded with plenty of room on the decks. Unfortunately, the sound system on the ship was awful. Even standing below the speakers we could pick out only a few words. The trip would have been more interesting if we had been able to actually hear the descriptions of what we were seeing.
Milford Sound is unique and very...
Dianne G
, Apr 2018
Milford Sound is unique and very beautiful and the cruise enabled us to make the most of it. The boat was comfortable and the commentary was good. It was a wonderful experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was drizzling with rain on the day but this enhanced the experience as lots of waterfalls were running. It was probably the highlight of our trip to NZ.
Unfortunately when we arrived at...
Louise M
, Apr 2018
Unfortunately when we arrived at Milford Sound, it was raining heavily, the visibility was zero and we had to park 10mins walk away to the terminal. I asked at the information centre about whether the cruise was still happening and if a shuttle bus was available and the answer was the cruise was still happening and we would have to walk through the rain. We decided to forfeit the money we had paid as the entire trip would have been wet and uncomfortable. Elderly people would happily pay extra for a shuttle rather than stumble through uncertain wet ground.
The nature cruise was informative...
Cindy J
, Feb 2018
The nature cruise was informative and beautiful. We saw fur seals, dolphins, and two Fiordland Crested penguins! Great fun to drink water from a waterfall, see the Tasman Sea, and have the opportunity to don raincoats and stand under a waterfall.
Wow ... this was a simply awe...
, Feb 2018
Wow ... this was a simply awe inspiring ride ... the cruise guys were amazing, the food/drink bar was simple but I still enjoyed some stuff from there. Milford Sound was simply amazing, the cruise spent the time to stop and circle around when something interesting Seals basking in the sun, Kingfish jumping out of the water was happening. Guides were knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining, cruise boat was really nice. Simply unforgettable experience.
I have wanted to do the Milford...
francis r
, Jan 2018
I have wanted to do the Milford Sound Cruise of 20 yrs now,well I got to DO 1 of my bucket list items,and all I can say that was alittle mad at myself for not doing it years ago,the place is as PRETTY as you see in photos,the crew was GREAT,the only thing that I am going toDO,is I'm coming back after some snow,it's SO pretty now ,I can't wait to see it after snow
Great tour - We got lucky with good...
, Nov 2017
Great tour - We got lucky with good weather and got to see penguins and seals! A nature cruise is the best way to see Milford Sound.
Even though it was raining it was...
Stacey H
, Jul 2017
Even though it was raining it was one of the most memorable trips I have been on. Crew/Staff was friendly and insightful. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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