All about the Milford Sound Cruise from Milford Sound

Take a relaxed 2-hour cruise on Milford Sound.

Milford Sound is one of the must-see destinations in New Zealand. Tick one of NZ’s iconic destinations off your bucket list this year. Free food, beanbags, rip-roaring crew, wildlife, nature, free shower*... what else could you need? #ENOUGHSAID

Milford Sound Cruise from Milford Sound Itinerary - 1 days

  • 2 hours Milford Sound Cruise
    Join us aboard your Cruise Milford Sound boat cruise and marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth.

    Relax in our spacious, modern boat while we spoil you with unlimited, close-up viewing of waterfalls, wildlife and rainforest from our viewing decks (both inside and out).

    Enjoy a free snack, and buy a drink or even a coffee. Our super friendly crew will welcome you on board and embrace you as one of our JUCY family, whilst we show you around Milford Sound.

    We offer the choice of four cruise departures during the summer and two in the winter during which we provide a relaxed and informative commentary as we travel the length of Milford Sound, out into the Tasman Sea and back.

    It is very rare for us to cancel due to weather and when it rains (as it often does in Milford) torrents of water will pour into the sound from thousands of temporary waterfalls, the ideal time to be in Milford! If you're fortunate, you'll enjoy rain and sunshine together which can create the most beautiful rainbows. Our guarantee is that our Milford Sound Cruise is always a little different, and always memorable.

    Please ensure you check in 20 minutes prior to departure, Cruise Milford Sound counter (the first counter on the right-hand side), Wharf Terminal Building, Milford Sound
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Real Kiwi Says:
Perfect for those self-driving to Milford Sound this cruise is a Milford Sound sightseeing boat cruise operating in the spectacular Milford Sound Fiordland World Heritage Area. Drive times to get to Milford Sound.Minimum drive times to Fiordland: Queenstown to Te Anau: 2 hours Queenstown to Manapouri: 2 hours Te Anau to Manapouri: 30 minutes Te Anau to Milford Sound: 2.5 hours Allow 45mins for parking/walking to terminal Jan/Feb/Mar While a destination may not seem far away in kilometers, the above drive times do not allow for narrow and winding roads, photo or pit stops, road works or domestics over the map reading. Winter Driving (May-Sept) Bylaws are in place May-Nov and may require you to carry snow chains. These can be hired from petrol stations in Te Anau. Please check out the road status for the Milford Road prior, updated every morning at 7:30 am. Summer Driving (Oct-Apr) Don’t leave it too late...leave early, avoid the rush! Especially during peak periods (Dec/Jan/Feb/March). Parking wardens are around to help find you a spot. With record numbers of self-driving tourists through the tunnel, it is recommended you allow an extra 45 minutes to get from your car to the terminal (park n ride or walk). Expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes at the Homer Tunnel over the summer months.

Milford Sound Cruise from Milford Sound Price information
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Tour code: ORMILM
Adult 9 am departure April, and Oct to Mar
Child departure April, and Oct to Mar
Adult 12.30 departure April, and Oct to Mar
Adult 3pm departure April, and Oct to Mar
Adult 5.15pm departure April, and Oct to Mar
Adult 10 am May-Sep
Adult 12.30 May-Sep

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Things you need to know about this tour

We reserve the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant or equipment and alter prices at any time.

Note: Coach and sea kayak excursions – a cruise might be substituted for the kayaking component if weather becomes unsuitable.

Departures are subject to weather and minimum numbers.

Sea kayaking and wilderness camping have inherent risks and can be dangerous. In Fiordland, they are characterized by remoteness, rapidly changing and sometimes extreme weather and water conditions, cold water, limited kayaking landing sites and camping under the forest canopy.

Changing conditions can mean that tours have to be modified. No two tours are the same. It is very rare but weather could delay your scheduled return by up to 24 hours e.g. road closures or weather conditions preventing kayaking. Clients on guided tours must listen carefully to and follow guides' instructions and adhere to safety.


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