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Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruises

More Information about our Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise

An overnight cruise here goes far beyond the ordinary visitor experience, rewarding with sights and sounds that will linger through the years to come. Once you’re on-board the Milford Wanderer there are a number of adventures to choose from.

You can explore the shoreline by small boat with our nature guide and learn about the area and its flora and fauna. Keep a lookout here for some interesting wildlife. Alternatively, transfer from the Milford Wanderer to a small vessel for the drop off at Sandfly Point. From here we start a short guided walk on a small section of the world-famous Milford Track. Or if you’re feeling brave, you can even go swimming in the fiord’s extremely pure (but oh so cold) waters.

As the shadows deepen the Milford Wanderer will return under sail (weather permitting) to sheltered Harrison Cove for the night. You’ll be served a three-course meal in the cosy saloon, where you can order drinks from the fully licensed bar and relax in the company of like-minded travellers.

Back on deck after dinner, check out the brightness of the stars in the incredible inky blackness of the remote Fiordland night sky. Then, when you’re ready, retire to a comfortable cabin and dream of tall cliffs and still waters. 

Fuel up for the day with a hearty breakfast the next morning before we head out to the Tasman Sea (if conditions are favourable) and explore even more more of this incredible fiord.

Things you should know

  • You’ll cruise the full length of Milford Sound and, weather permitting, out to the Tasman Sea
  • There’s spacious viewing decks and a cosy dining saloon/fully licensed bar
  • Accommodation on-board the Milford Wanderer:
    • Twin or double cabins with shared bathroom facilities
    • Quad-share accommodation also available (limited numbers)
    • Duvets, sheets and towels provided
  • A generous 3 course dinner is served, including soups, roast meats, vegetables, salads and dessert (vegetarian options available)
  • There are cooked and continental breakfast options
  • You can experience an exclusive short walk on the world famous Milford Track or hop on the tender/small boat to explore the fiord up close

Extra Information

  • Overnight cruises are suitable for all ages except infants
  • The vessel layout sleeps only 36 people
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available and there’s a licensed bar on board
  • Self-drive customers can (at extra cost) add on a visit to the underwater observatory of the Milford Sound Discovery Centre
  • Daily coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau (extra cost)
  • Fly out option from Milford to Queenstown (weather permitting - not advisable for customers with connecting flights or tight travel arrangements)

Departures

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 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
  • Small 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

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Milford Wanderer

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

  • Sleeps 36
  • Private cabins (twin or double bed configuration) with shared bathroom facilities
  • Limited quad-share bunk-style compartments /dorms with shared bathroom facilities (mixed gender)
  • Spacious viewing decks and cosy dining saloon
  • Licensed bar

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. 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.

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