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.