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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.


  • Cruise the waters of Milford Sound
  • Mitre Peak towering high above the fiord
  • Spectacular cascading waterfalls
  • See dolphins and seals in their natural environment
  • Optional lunch included( if selected at time of booking)

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What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

Make your way to the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre and board the boat for your Milford Sound cruise — a journey that takes just under 2 hours. Peer out of the large viewing windows of the vessel or head to the outdoor decks to spot South Island marine life, such as bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins in what Rudyard Kipling described as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World.’ 

While you cruise along the southern side of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea and return up the northern side, your crew describes the natural features such as Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls that descend from towering slopes into the serene waters of the deep fiord, nestled in World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park. See points of interest like Seal Point and snap postcard-worthy pics of Mitre Peak, which reaches a height of 5,551 feet (1,692 meters).

Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board, and dig into a provided lunch (if option selected) before your cruise ends at Milford Wharf.

Customer Reviews

Ramsay T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Worth the time it took to get there. We had a day that was bright and sunny and so the experience was less dramatic than usual, but wonderful nonetheless.

Vignes C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Nature at its best. Got to the pickup point a little earlier to enjoy the surrounding areas of the jetty, and then the cruise itself. What a journey it was! Gorgeous waterfalls, the beautiful ocean and we were lucky enough to encounter wild dolphins making their way out to the bay. Also saw seals basking in the sun. An extremely memorable trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Traveling with Southern Discoveries was great. There was an unexpected hot buffet breakfast which we were not expecting. The cruise was beautiful, some great scenery and our guide was funny and gave great commentary. There was plenty of room on the boat to find your own space to take some great photos along the way. I would highly recommend the early cruise as most of the tourist haven't arrived at Milford Sound yet, so you almost get a private tour :-

Roger F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely delightful cruise and luncheon. Professionally organised by very pleasant staff. Captain was proficient in explaining the attractions, and certainly made sure all tourists obtained maximum benefit from the experience. Would certainly do again, and will certainly recommend highly.

Aileen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand loved every minute

steve k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great cruise great guide stunning views.

Michael N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The torrential rains brought out the most amazing waterfall display imaginable. Water falls were everywhere! It looked like rivers of milk streaming down every crack and crevice. Mother Nature was at her finest!

Tony United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Pretty awesome trip, captain and crew were very friendly and helpful, the ship was large enough to reduce the rocking of the swells and waves, while not being too cavernous. Perfect weather Not that they could control it and the hot tea/coffee was appreciated.

arthur b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful scenery and a very comfortable trip.
I took the 9 AM cruise and was surprised that a very good breakfast was provided. I guess I did not read the fine print.

michael delany d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Smooth trip, well informed staff. Location stunning.

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