• Milford Sound Nature Cruises
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruises
    Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruises
    Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruises
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  • Milford Sound Nature Cruises
    Milford Sound

Milford Sound Nature Cruises

More information about our Milford Sound Nature Cruises

Take the time to enjoy the best of Milford Sound with our leisurely Nature Cruise. Exploring the length of the fiord you’ll learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as move in close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and, in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguins.

Our Nature Cruises have a flexible, extended itinerary that gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take in the highlights. Our experienced skippers tailor the cruise to take into consideration weather and recent wildlife sightings, ensuring you’ll see the best that Milford Sound has to offer on the day.

Informative, participative and relaxed, a Nature Cruise is the perfect way to experience what’s been called the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Things you should know

  • Cruise the full length of the fiord, past St Anne’s Point Lighthouse and right out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting)
  • Specialist nature guides provide commentary (English only)
  • Great viewing from both the outdoor decks and indoor lounge
  • Delicious lunch options available (extra cost)
  • Add a visit to the Milford Sound Discovery Centre (underwater observatory) - extra cost, on selected departures for self-driving customers only
  • Daily glass-roofed coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau plus fly out options from Milford Sound (extra cost)

Extra information

  • All ages are welcome on our nature cruises
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Licensed bar (extra cost)
  • Snacks are available for purchase on board

Getting there

The journey to Milford Sound is just as spectacular as the destination itself, whether you travel by road or by air.

Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours (one-way) from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau by road. We have specially designed luxury coaches that can get you there from both these towns or if you prefer we can get you there on one of our scenic flights. You could also drive yourself to Milford.

The best way to enjoy the Milford Road, one of the world’s finest alpine roads without having to worry about the often tricky driving conditions, is on one of our coaches. Our experienced coach drivers know all the right places to stop and take in the magnificent views of the Milford Road. Along the way, they will provide you with informative commentary about the region, its history and natural surroundings.

Our flights and coaches connect with our cruises. 

If you decide to self-drive, do overnight in Te Anau as the trip to Milford and back from Queenstown can get very tiring.  Also, leave plenty of time to stop at the many scenic trails and lookouts along the way.


Premium Package

Adult $30, Child $30 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)
For Milford Sound day coach tours departing Queenstown and 8am from Te Anau, we offer an upgrade to Premium Package.  Not suitable for infants.  This applies to the coach portion of your trip only and includes: Seating in the first two rows (max. 8 seats) of the coach plus Real Journeys branded travel pack with: bottled water (500ml), Okarito insect repellent spray, sunscreen, rain poncho, tissues & boiled sweets.  Subject to availability.

Lunch Options

Picnic Lunch

Adult $20, Child $20 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

Presented in an individual box: includes freshly-made cold meat & salad sandwich, cheese & crackers, olives, nut snack, biscuit, small chocolate bar, piece of seasonal fruit and mineral water.  Complimentary Tea and Coffee.
For 'Fly/Cruise/Fly' trips and 'FREE Picnic Lunch' promotions - just select a Picnic Lunch during the booking process and the amount will be deducted prior to final payment.

Obento Lunch - Japanese

Adult $39, Child $39 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

Attractively presented in a Japanese style lunch box containing: Salmon & avocado maki, cucumber sushi, ebi prawn, inari sushi, miso salmon, ponzu, kumara, teriyaki chicken, daikon & wakami salad, rice, furikake & miso soup. Fruit and Pure New Zealand Ice Cream.

Indian Lunch Box (Vegetarian)

Adult $33, Child $33 (1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019)

Available on selected departures. A selection of Indian dishes: Spring rolls, Samosas, Onion Salad with Lettuce, Dal, Vegetable Curry, Rice, Poppadoms, Mango Pickle, Fruit Selection, Plain Yoghurt, Ice cream, Apple, Complimentary Tea and Coffee.

Please note: If you require a vegetarian lunch, or have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process. You can order any of the lunch options when you make your booking. Menus are indicative only.

What to bring

Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.


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