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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Overview

The UNESCO-listed Milford Sound is the postcard icon of New Zealand’s South Island—a dramatic fjord, ringed by jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. This cruise checks off all the highlights, affording spectacular views of Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, and Mount Pembroke; passing the mighty Mitre Peak; and gliding out along the Tasman Sea coast.
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park
  • Cruise along the fjord and along the Tasman Sea coast
  • Admire natural wonders such as Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke
  • Spot native wildlife such as fur seals, dusky dolphins, and Fiordland crested penguins
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Small boat tour ensures a personalised experience
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Free tea and coffee on board
Free for children under 3
Smaller boats makes for a more ‘up close’ tour
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Visitor Centre 1 Milford Sound Highway, 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

Departure Point: Milford Sound Visitor Centre

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the Milford Sound Visitor Center in the Fiordland National Park to board your boat, then set sail across the startling blue waters of Milford Sound. Keep your camera close to hand as you cruise out across the fjord and admire natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mount Pembroke.

Climb onto your boat’s viewing platform to get a better view of the local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. As you continue towards the Tasman Sea coast, pass beneath the distinctive 5,551-foot (1,692 meter) mountain of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

As you turn back into Milford Sound, see the dramatic approach witnessed by the first settlers at the end of the 18th-century, and hear stories about their journey from your guide’s live on-board commentary. Cruise back to shore and head back to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre, where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Your 2-hour sightseeing cruise will depart from the Milford Sound Visitor Center.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mitre Peak Cruises
You will traverse into the deep waters of the Milford Sound and will have a chance to enter Milford Sound from the outside, approaching it just as the first settlers did at the end of the 18th century.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Experience the stunning Milford Sound
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mitre Peak
With more rainfall than any other part of New Zealand, Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound provide spectacular scenery whatever the weather conditions. Milford Sound is located at the northern most end of Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Having a smaller launch (approximately 20 metres) allows your cruise to navigate closer to the shoreline, getting up close to the incredible surroundings. Purpose-built for Milford waters, your boat has great viewing platforms should you encounter the local fur seal colonies – once nearly hunted to extinction, the rare Fiordland crested penguins or pods of dusky dolphins.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Check in is 30 minutes before departure time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mitre Peak Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Scenic Cruise?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Scenic Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Scenic Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Scenic Cruise.

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  • "Weather not the best with rain and quite cold but this made the scenery even more dramatic." See review

Reviews

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709 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Exceptional
Christine_C
, Oct 2021
How untouched and natural it is. I was absolutely blown away by the magnitude of the place. Just a beautiful piece of Aotearoa that should stay that way
star-5
Waterfalls
haks71
, Jan 2020
Beautiful scenery really enjoyed the cruise. And the waterfalls were amazing. Specially after it rained on return was just amazing to watch.
star-5
Breathtaking scenery
helensimmons61
, Jan 2020
Although the weather was overcast, this did not reduce our enjoyment of this trip. We liked the smaller numbers on board enabling everyone who wanted to take photographs to do so. Interesting commentary: we learned new facts about the terrain.
star-4
Milford Sound 2 hr cruise
Marina E
, Dec 2019
Lovely, pleasant day on the water. Cruise was 2 hours long which is just enough time to get a feel for Milford Sound.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
957rob127
, Nov 2019
Even though the weather was terrible on our trip to Milford, the staff aboard the scenic cruise were lovely. They told us all to get a hot drink and showed us when animals were visible. It was extremely wet and windy, but the waterfalls were amazing.
star-5
Mitre boat Milford Sound
gillianb765
, Nov 2019
Loved the smaller boat and fewer people. Views were fantastic. Boat took us close to the falls and wildlife (without disturbing). Would highly recommend
star-5
Amazing Scenery
ajkctk
, Oct 2019
Weather not the best with rain and quite cold but this made the scenery even more dramatic. Amazing waterfalls and snow capped mountains. Great cruise and commentary, plenty of hot tea and coffee. All in all an amazing experience.
star-5
Surreal
Freedom62853844803
, Mar 2019
Amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. We were taken right up close to sedl rock, we could almost touch the seals. And also under the waterfall. A good soaking! Up close and personal - fantastic. Thank you Mitre Peak Cruises.
star-5
Great trip in a smaller boat. Able to...
kdelbridge
, Oct 2017
Great trip in a smaller boat. Able to get close to everything. Great crew.
star-5
Our trip was fantastic. We had...
James B
, Aug 2017
Our trip was fantastic. We had perfect weather. The crew was friendly, The boat was un crowded.

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