All about the Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise

Get up close and personal with this pristine environment on our small boat, Encounter Nature Cruise. Reach out and touch sheer rock cliffs and drink pure glacial water straight from the waterfalls, see seals sunning themselves on the rocks, dolphins riding the bow wave or if you’re lucky, spot rare Fiordland crested penguins (in season).

Why choose an Encounter Nature Cruise?

Small boat with fewer passengers for an intimate Milford Sound experience
Interactive and personal with a fun and friendly atmosphere
Specialist nature guides share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary
Taste pure glacial water from towering waterfalls
The ideal cruise for close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins
Raincoats provided on board so you can stand on the bow under tumbling waterfalls
Large, outdoor viewing deck with covered seating
Have your photo taken with the skipper in the open wheelhouse
Range of lunch options available (must be pre-ordered, at extra cost)
Complimentary tea and coffee

Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise Itinerary - 1 days

  • Day 1 Milford Sound Encounter
    Discover Milford Sound, which lies at the core of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Cruise its crystal-blue waters and witness stunning sights, such as the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls. Throughout your ride, look out for seals, penguins, and dolphins.
    Make your way to Milford Wharf and board a luxurious small boat for a more personal and intimate Milford Sound experience. Listen to your on-board nature specialist, who provides you with a wealth of knowledge on this incredibly diverse environment. Your guide's lively and informative commentary delves into the history, geology, and wildlife of the fjord.
    As you cruise, spot New Zealand's seals basking on the rocks and look for bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland crested penguins swimming around your boat. Before your cruise returns to the wharf, step into the mist of a waterfall gushing from the rainforest high in the mountains. Take this opportunity to drink pure glacial water straight from the falls as your cruise makes a brief stop.The intimate way to experience the fiord's nature
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Real Kiwi Says:
Excellent viewing opportunity of wildlife including seals, dolphins, and penguins when in season, a chance to taste pure glacial water straight from the waterfalls. You can Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse for a birds-eye view and see first-hand how the boat operates. A small boat with fewer passengers for an intimate Milford Sound experience Interactive and personal with a fun and friendly atmosphere. Specialist nature guides share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary. Taste pure glacial water from towering waterfalls. The ideal cruise for close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins. Large, outdoor viewing deck with covered seating

Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise Price information
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Tour code: ENCOUNTER
$94
Adult 9.45am departure
$102
Adult 12.15pm departure
$92
Adult 14.45am departure

Departure information

Starts

Summer Departures: (1 October - 30 April) 3 times Daily 9.45am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm

Winter Departures: (1 May 2017 – 30 September) 2 times daily 9:45 & 12:15

Ends
Milford Sound


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