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Milford Sound cruise comparison

Can't decide which is the best Milford Sound day cruise for you? Our comparison table will help you choose between our day cruises, Milford Sound Scenic Cruise or the longer Milford Sound Nature Cruise. It includes cruise length, nature guides, lunches and commentary. 

 

Milford Sound Scenic Cruises

Milford Sound Nature Cruises

Duration  1 hour 40 minutes 2 hours / 2 hours 15 minutes
Cruise type A shorter cruise (1 hour 30-40 minutes) from the comfort of our modern vessels with large viewing decks. Choose from our wide range of lunch options. Informative, interactive and relaxed, a Nature Cruise is the perfect way to experience why Milford Sound has been called the “eighth wonder of the world”.
Boats

Modern, purpose-built boats designed to maximise the viewing experience. Spacious decks and comfortable lounges.
(MV Sovereign / MV Monarch)

Smaller boats, modelled on traditional sailing vessels
(MV Milford Mariner / Milford Wanderer).
Plenty of indoor and outdoor viewing space.

At various time, we also sail on board a small boat (MV Sinbad).

Price From $77 From $80
Commentary

Multilingual commentaries provided by on-board guides
- including English, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean
(on selected departures)

English only commentary is available on the 9am, 1.45pm & 3pm* sailings (*English + Mandarin from Dec - Feb)

English only commentary.

A dedicated, specialist Nature Guide roams around the boat on all sailings - interactive commentary. 

Lunches

Freshly-made on board by our chefs.

Choose from our international buffet, Japanese Obento, Indian lunchbox & Picnic lunch.

Sandwiches and snacks available for purchase on board. 

Freshly-made on board by our chefs.

Choose from Picnic lunch, Indian lunchbox & Japanese Obento.

Snacks available for purchase on board.

Getting there

Flight and glass roof coach connections from Queenstown.

Glass roof coach connections from Te Anau.

Available all year.

Flight and glass roof coach connections from Queenstown.

Glass roof coach connections from Te Anau.

Available all year.

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Overnight cruises

If you prefer to experience the beauty of Milford Sound when all other day visitors have departed, you could experience one of our overnight cruises.

Find out about the Milford Mariner Overnight cruise or the Milford Wanderer Overnight cruise.