Milford Sound Cruise-for-a-Cause

Join us for a magnificent Milford Sound Overnight Cruise to raise much needed funds for the South Island’s only specialised expert wildlife veterinary facility – The Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin.

Your journey begins in Te Anau, where we board the specially chartered coach for Milford Sound, leaving no later than midday. Or you can self-drive and meet us in Milford Sound. (Please note the coach is provided at no extra charge, but is on a first come first served basis as there are limited seats).

Enjoy the spectacular scenery on the way to Milford Sound with fellow Cruise-for-a-Cause supporters, pausing at some of the beauty spots along the way.

Late afternoon we board the Milford Mariner – a beautiful vessel combining old world charm and elegance with comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe dolphin and penguins – your nature guide is on hand to make sure you don’t miss anything.

The Milford Mariner anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in a small boat or kayak. If you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place or go for a swim (if you’re brave enough!). Enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our on-board chef served in the dining saloon. Mingle with other guests and savour some of the fine wines from our licensed bar.

As a wonderful extra to this very special cruise, Wildlife Hospital Director and one of New Zealand’s best-known wildlife veterinarians, Dr Lisa Argilla will share more about her work at the hospital and give some unique insights about some of our very special patients!

After this unique presentation, if skies are clear, wander out on the upper deck to gaze at the night sky from Fiordland.

When we wake the following morning, a sumptuous breakfast awaits us, before heading back to the wharf at Milford Sound.

Trip highlights:

  • Three-course buffet dinner & cooked breakfast
  • Special presentation from Dr Lisa Argilla, Founder of The Wildlife Hospital
  • Includes kayaking and small boat activities (depending on time and weather conditions)
  • Private double/twin share cabins with ensuite bathrooms, and two quad-share bunk style compartments.
  • Coach connection from Te Anau is available at no extra charge (chartered by The Wildlife Hospital ) – but seats are limited and on a first come first served basis (47 seats available).

Cruise-for-a-Cause details:

  • Date of departure: Friday, 13th September 2019
  • Departs: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound OR Fiordland Community Events Centre, 20-22 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau
  • Price: $450 per person Twin/Double cabins
  • Ticket sales will close at the end of Sunday 4th August 2019.

Book online below or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0800 656501 and quote ‘Milford Sound Cruise-for-a-Cause’.

Important request from the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital Trust:

The Wildlife Hospital will only receive the name of your booking and number of passengers, as we do not pass on your contact details. They may like to make contact with all those joining their trip before it leaves and would welcome an email to: [email protected]  so they are aware of everyone supporting their trip. (Note: The Wildlife Hospital has guaranteed they will not use your email for anything other than Cruise-for-a-Cause arrangements).

Cancellation policy:
Prepayment by credit card and subsequent confirmation by Real Journeys Ltd is accepted as confirmation of your booking.
No refunds will be granted but we do allow swapping of passengers if you need to on-sell. We recommend travel insurance.

Media alert: As this is a charity event, there may be media on board, and images might be used in various channels including social media.  All participants agree to their image being used in any future publicity unless otherwise specified - please email Tsehai Tiffin prior to your trip: [email protected]

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