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
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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Check in is 30 minutes before departure time
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
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 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 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 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.
What a great day out, we booked with Mitre Peak cruises because they were a smaller boat and because all the tourist buses went on the larger vessels, Great tip from a friend who previously went on this cruise, Great boat with lots of viewing areas and staff were very friendly.
We went on a day when a storm came through which showed another side to Milford Sound, all the mountains were waterfalling which made our trip memorable, Could not recommend this trip enough with Mitre Peak Cruises
The day of our trip to Milford Sound it had rained continuously for over 12 hours and continued right throughout our cruise. In total 175mm of rain was deposited in Fiordland. However, this in no eay detracted from the beauty and majesty of the wonderful sights we were privileged to see. If anything it enhanced our cruise as the skipper of the boat told us that the waterfalls on one side of the Sound were only there because of the rain. Unfortunately, we were only on a little boat and the skipper had to turn it around earlier in the cruise than normal, thereby not making it into the Tasmin Sea. The weather being as it was, this was a good decision!