Get up close and personal with Milford's pristine environment on our small boat. Reach out and touch sheer rock cliffs and drink pure glacier water straight from the waterfalls, see seals sunning themselves on the rocks, dolphins riding the bow wave or spot rare Fiordland crested penguins.
All about the Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Check out Milford’s awe-inspiring scenery from our spacious observation lounges or large, outdoor viewing decks on one of our modern, purpose-built catamarans. Move freely around the boat and enjoy the comfort and stability that only a twin-hull vessel can provide.
Why choose a Scenic Cruise?
Cruise the length of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea, stopping at waterfalls and points of interest along the way
Spacious observation lounges with tall viewing windows and plenty of comfortable indoor seating
Soak up the sun on our large viewing decks with 360-degree views of the towering fiord
Family friendly, with a lively and informative commentary from our skipper
Multi-lingual commentary available on select departures
Travel options include a comfortable, glass-roof coach so you can take in the incredible, panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound
Visit the skipper in the open wheelhouse
Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared lunch options while you cruise the fiord. Our hot International Buffet Lunch is available for our 1.30pm sailing (must be pre-ordered, at extra cost)
FREE International Buffet Lunch included on our 11.00am departure over winter
Complimentary tea and coffee
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise Itinerary - 1 days
Cruise in comfort on a spacious catamaran with large windows and expansive outdoor viewing decks. The cruise is perfect for spotting wildlife, stopping at tumbling waterfalls and other points of interest along the way.
Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruises are the most modern and comfortable cruising experience in Milford Sound. They allow you to move freely around the boat and enjoy large viewing decks and stability on the water that only a twin-hull vessel can provide.
Our experienced crew delivers a full, informative commentary on the natural history and wildlife of the area, and conveniently timed year-round departures mean you never have to miss out.
The Scenic Cruise is family and wheelchair friendly, with a whole top deck for viewing and panoramic photo opportunities, and large covered seating areas and viewing windows on other levels.
Dolphins love playing with our ‘cats’ and you get right out to the head of the fiord and the Tasman Sea, stopping at waterfalls and points of interest on the way
Summer Departures: (1 October - 30 April) 3 times Daily 9.00am, 11.00pm, 1:30pm,
Winter Departures: (1 May – 30 September) 3 times daily 11:00am, 1:30pm, 2:45pm
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Please allow 5 hours driving time from Queenstown and just over 2 hours from Te Anau. There is free parking available in Milford Sound located by the Discover Milford Sound Café and is approximately a 10-minute walk from the car park to the Cruise terminal. The last place to get fuel is in Te Anau so make sure you have enough to get you there – 242km return from Te Anau.
During the winter months please check the road status at www.milfordroad.co.nz, alternatively you can call 0800 444 449. All vehicles are required by law to carry snow chains for their vehicles between May-September.
Tours are subject to weather conditions.