Cruise Milford Sound
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| Milford Sound - Remote, Mysterious, Unique
Cruise the idyllic waters of Milford Sound and admire the magnificent scenery close up. Catch views of dolphins and seals basking on rocks.
Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of the grand glacier carved fiords of Fiordland. Be inspired as mountain peaks soar overhead and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into the sea below.
Deep blue waters, cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, dense rain forest, towering mountains and fascinating wildlife, its all here waiting for you.
Most cruises also offer a visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory as part of their package (this is included in the cost of the trip).
Day Time Cruises
A variety of daytime cruises are available for visitors to Milford, on vessels ranging from the very large to the small.
Launches travel down the south side of Milford Sound, out to the Tasman Sea and return up the north side, stopping off at all points of interest.
Nearly all the cruises feature a commentary on the flora and fauna of the Sound and provide either hot meals or lunches can be purchased.
Twilight is a special time at Milford Sound and yours to enjoy as you cruise throughout this magnificent fiord.
Launches cruise to the open sea and there’s plenty of time to explore at your own pace. You can kayak around sheltered bays, explore the shoreline in a tender vessel or simply sit back and unwind. An on board nature guide will be on hand throughout the cruise to answer all your questions and give interesting commentaries about this spectacular fiord.
After anchoring for the night in Harrison Cove you can settle back and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow passengers.
Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
Guided visits to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory are available as an "add-on" with most Milford Sound Scenic, Nature and Small Boat Cruises (bookings essential).
How to Get There
From Te Anau by scheduled coach or the comfort of your own car, you’re only 2 hours away from the launch jetty at Milford Sound.
From Queenstown by coach, the trip takes approximately 5 hours. Buses leave in plenty of time to catch an afternoon Milford Sound Cruise returning to Te Anau or Queenstown the same day.
You can also fly to Milford Sound from Queenstown.