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    Milford Wanderer

    Overnight Cruises

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    Milford Wanderer, Milford Sound

    Overnight Cruises

    Milford Sound
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    Milford Wanderer, Milford Sound

    Overnight Cruises

    Milford Sound

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.

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Take a coach along the famous Milford Road

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 overnight cruises.


Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruises depart from the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal:

  • Milford Sound - departs 4.30pm (returns 9.15am day 2)

Coach and Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise Excursions depart from Real Journeys Visitor Centres as follows:

  • Te Anau - departs 12.45pm (returns 12.30pm day 2)
  • Queenstown - departs 8.30am (returns 3.30pm day 2). 

If you choose an accommodation pick up in Te Anau and Queenstown please note that these times do vary from those noted above - accommodation pick up times are shown during the booking process and also on your booking confirmation

What to bring

  • Non-slip walking shoes/boots *
  • Waterproof jacket *
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Change of clothes *
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses 
  • Insect repellent *
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Camera
  • Cash for bar and snacks
  • Overnight bag only

* Essential items if you are doing activities.  Activities take place even if it is raining.

About the short walk on the Milford Track

The 53.5 km Milford Track is in the heart of spectacular Fiordland National Park, and starts at the head of Lake Te Anau and finishes in Milford Sound.   Often described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track limits the number of trampers permitted to start the walk each day. 

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Button fern - Milford Track

We have authorisation approved by Department of Conservation to introduce our overnight customers to a small part of the Milford Sound-end of this famous track.

Access to the Milford Track requires transfers each way from the Milford Wanderer to a smaller vessel to access Sandfly Point.  There are lots to look out for along the way, the ancient trees, varieties of different ferns and mosses, plus the opportunity to listen to and spot native birds.  Conditions permitting we will walk, accompanied by the specialist nature guide, for approx. 1.5 hours, returning to Sandfly Point and then the transferring back the Milford Wanderer.

Please ensure that you wear appropriate footwear (walking boots) and waterproof jacket for this part of the trip as activities take place even if it is raining.  Please refer to our “What to bring” section above.

About the Milford Wanderer

The Milford Wanderer is a purpose-built vessel designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage.

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Milford Wanderer

  • Sleeps 36
  • Private twin-share cabins (twin or double bed configuration), with shared bathroom facilities
  • Spacious viewing decks and cosy dining saloon
  • Licensed bar