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Part of New Zealand’s scenic Fiordland National Park, the glacier-carved Milford Sound is lined with sheer cliffs and peaks, over which waterfalls cascade. Naturally, the best way to explore the fjord is by boat. Below, we unpack the various cruising options in Milford Sound.
 
Sightseeing Cruises
Sightseeing cruises of the fjord offer front-row views of the magnificent scenery, including the 5,552-foot (1,692-meter) Mitre Peak. Most sightseeing cruises last for a couple of hours and feature onboard commentary, as well as optional extras, such as tea, snacks, or meals on board. With any luck, you’ll also get to see some of the local wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and Fiordland crested penguins.
 
Full-Day Cruises
Full-day tours of Milford Sound typically depart from either Te Anau or Queenstown and combine a cruise with another activity, such as a scenic drive or even a helicopter flight, allowing participants to appreciate the dramatic landscapes from several perspectives. Many daylong tours make stops in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fiordland National Park at destinations like Mirror Lakes, known for its startlingly clear reflections of the surrounding scenery, and the Chasm, a series of powerful cascading rapids that can be seen from a footbridge overhead.
 
Multi-Day Cruises
Overnight and multi-day cruises on Milford Sound allow you to thoroughly explore the fjord and to witness the pristine natural environment after the day-tripper boat traffic has left. Some multi-day cruises anchor in the afternoon, allowing visitors to explore further via kayak or on a tender craft with a nature guide, before settling in for the night in a private cabin.
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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience

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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience

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Escape the crowds on a Milford Sound cruise aboard a spacious boat with a limited number of passengers. Get up-close views of New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and Fiordland-crested penguins from the luxury lounge in the upper cabin, where you can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits as you listen to the skipper’s narration. This boutique vessel provides a superior experience with unforgettable memories of highlights like Mitre Peak.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$67.05
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US$67.05
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch

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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a Milford Sound cruise while visiting UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Departing from Milford Wharf, this boat cruise glides past snow-capped Mitre Peak and waterfalls cascading down steep-walled mountains that rise straight up from the water. See Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point while searching the deep fiord for marine life including bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$53.50
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US$53.50
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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Available from Thursday

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

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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 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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$53.50
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

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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.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.50
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US$53.50
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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

Available from Nov 1

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

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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 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.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$312.21
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US$312.21
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Sound Scenic Cruise in Milford

Available from Dec 1

Sound Scenic Cruise in Milford

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Float on the waters of the incredible Milford Sound during this short, guided cruise. One of New Zealand’s most iconic places, this fiord is where you’ll see mountains covered in vegetation, the imposing Mitre Peak and stunning Stirling Falls. Take a seat on one of the boat’s beanbag deck chairs and take in the once-in-a-lifetime view.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$46.73
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US$46.73
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Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

Available from Nov 15

Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

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Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the Milford Sound on a cruise that includes admission to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. Choose from several options for your cruise, depending on the amount of time you have available and the level of detail you desire. Get close to towering rock walls and waterfalls, and see the aquatic world through the windows of the observatory. Lunch, as well as onboard coffee and tea are included with all cruise options.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$67.05
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US$67.05
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

Available from Thursday

Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

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Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a 3-deck vessel. This sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders takes you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$53.50
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Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise with Lunch

Available from Friday

Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise with Lunch

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Receive a passport to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery on this full-day excursion to Milford Sound. Part of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, the region features a glacier-carved fjord, soaring mountains, and tumbling waterfalls. Explore via glass-topped bus, go for a cruise along the sound’s waters, stroll the Mirror Lakes Walk, enjoy lunch along the way, and much more.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107.68
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US$107.68
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

Available from Friday

Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

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See Milford Sound by air and water, flying round-trip from Queenstown for a small-craft boat cruise through the famous fiord. Save time on this half-day tour as you soar over the World Heritage-listed landscape of Fiordland National Park. Landing at Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft and a sightseeing journey with experienced naturalists. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the scenic waterways at one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders. Includes round-trip hotel transfers and a boxed lunch.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$382.65
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US$382.65
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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

Available from Thursday

Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

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Enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountain scenery on the way to Milford Sound in a glass-roofed coach. Your driver will provide commentary along the way, to keep you informed. At Milford Sound, embark on a cruise on the water, all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Interesting commentary is available in several languages. Relax and take in the views as you enjoy a buffet lunch on board.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$134.77
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US$134.77
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Milford Sound Small Group Tour Including Cruise & Lunch from Te Anau

Available from Thursday

Milford Sound Small Group Tour Including Cruise & Lunch from Te Anau

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A small group day fully guided tour including a picnic lunch from Te Anau to the stunningly beautiful region of Milford Sound where you board your cruise with the No.1 Cruise on TripAdvisor for a majestic experience with spectacular mountains, waterfalls and wildlife. Our tours are run in small groups with a maximum of 16 people, in modern minibuses, specially built to enhance your tour experience and day. On board we have amazing, passionate guides who always have a lot of stories and commentary to keep you entertained along the way. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, complimentary water/ snacks and USB charging ports in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it's not all about the destination... it's the journey that makes our tours special.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$134.77
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US$134.77
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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise from Te Anau with Picnic Lunch

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Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise from Te Anau with Picnic Lunch

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Get a comprehensive tour of Milford Sound with this combination coach and boat cruise. Book ahead to ensure you see the area’s highlights; first traveling along Milford Sound Road in a glassed-in coach for panoramic views, stopping for photo ops and short walks. Then transfer to a boat for a scenic cruise on the Tasman Sea, during which you will dig in to a buffet lunch with unlimited coffee and tea.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$87.37
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Milford Sound Cruise

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Milford Sound Cruise

Head out on a 2-hour cruise in the pristine wilderness of the southern Fiordlands of Milford Sound. From thundering waterfalls, to mile-high mountains and lush green forests, take in the breath-taking views from the expansive deck. If the weather turns to a moody, ethereal grey and raining wonder-land, seek shelter inside, but don't miss a moment of the majesty through the perfectly positioned glass windows. This cruise will trace along the entire fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, before heading back down the other side. Get up close and personal with the glacial spray of the waterfalls, and keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that call this magical place home. Please note: this service may operate on Real Journey's vessel the Milford Mariner, or it may operate on Go Orange's Milford Haven. Please contact our customer service team to find out more information. Paid Parking - $20 for 5 hour duration as set by Milford Sound Tourism LTD.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$46.73
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