Milford Sound Nature Cruise

    Explore the 8th wonder of the world on our Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

    On this complete and peaceful Milford Sound nature cruise, you will discover the wonders of Milford Sound.

    Your professional nature guide will share accounts of the fiord’s history during the cruise and is pleased to answer any questions you may have.

    You will get a close-up understanding of Milford Sounds waterfalls, towering rock walls, and wildlife.

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      2 Hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise

      Cruise the full length of the fiord on a modern, day cruise vessel with comfortable indoor seating and tall windows for panoramic viewing of spectacular Milford Sound. With a flexible and relaxed itinerary, enjoy a large and wide open outdoor, upper-level deck for excellent wildlife viewing including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season. Our skippers share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary, and the wheelhouse is open to explore. Lunch options are available for purchase (must be pre-ordered) and complimentary tea and coffee is provided.


      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      • Cruise Milford Sound
      • Get closer to incredible waterfalls
      • Keep an eye out for seals on the rocks, or if you are lucky, dolphins and penguins in the water
      • Warm clothing,
      • waterproof jacket,
      • comfortable shoes,
      • insect repellent.
      • Departure Point: Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Milford Sound. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to departure.
      • Children 4 and younger are not allowed. Children 5–16 must be accompanied by a paying adult in a double kayak.
      • If you are prone to motion sickness, please take any necessary precautions. Consult a medical professional before taking any medication.
      • There is a paid parking system in Milford Sound if you are self-driving.
      How likely are we to see wildlife in Fiordland?
      Although we cannot guarantee wildlife viewing, it is very likely that you will see the New Zealand fur seal, and likely more than just one or two! Dolphins have often been sighted swimming alongside cruise vessels. Two species of penguins make Milford Sound their home at various times throughout the year. Little blue penguins and the Fiordland crested penguin – known at the Tawaki. Often hard to find and see, it is always a delight to spot them when we do.
      How long does it take to travel to Milford Sound?
      It takes approximately five hours to get to Milford from Queenstown depending on the time of year and road conditions. It takes approximately two hours to get to Milford Sound from Te Anau. You can drive a car or campervan or take a coach tour. We always recommend allowing plenty of time to get to Milford as the journey there is as spectacular as the cruise itself.
      Is it worth going to Milford/Doubtful Sounds on a wet day?
      Milford Sound is the wettest place in New Zealand and one of the wettest places in the world! Many visitors are shocked to know that this true world wonder actually measures its rainfall in metres (and not millimetres like most of the world.) In fact, in 2016 Milford Sound received over nine metres of rain! Doubtful Sound is also rainy with an average of 3-6 metres of rain per year. Both fiords are magnificent to visit in rainy weather due to the significant amount of waterfalls. The fiords come alive with water streaming down sheer cliffs – a magical sight not to be missed.

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