Explore the spectacular fiords of New Zealand on an overnight cruise — a leisurely way to see Milford Sound. Make your way to the Milford Sound Wharf to board the Milford Mariner, a purpose-built vessel designed to accommodate passengers in private single or twin-share cabins with en suite bathrooms, catering to those who enjoy a combination of comfort and adventure.
Take a seat in the observation lounge or large open deck to view the stunning landscape of the South Island’s Fiordland National Park from the water. While the cruise boat departs for the Tasman Sea, you’ll glide past cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and cliffs carved by ice-age glaciers.
The knowledgeable nature guide on board points out natural landmarks, such as the oft-photographed Mitre Peak, and discusses the area’s wildlife. Keep an eye out for sunbathing fur seals, as well as penguins, dolphins and even the occasional whale. If you’d like, relax with a drink in hand, sold at the licensed, onboard bar.
After reaching the open sea, your captain hoists the sails for a period (subject to favorable weather conditions) before returning the Milford Mariner to Harrison Cove to anchor overnight. In the sheltered cove, enjoy activities including sea kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender craft, or simply relax on deck.
Your overnight cruise includes a delicious three-course buffet dinner, served in the spacious dining saloon, before you retire to your private cabin for the night. The next morning, enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast and further cruising before you’re returned to the Milford Sound Wharf.