• 3 Hrs Duration
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  • Free Cancellation 7 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer

Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise or Discover More Cruise including Underwater Observatory (Optional Kayaking)

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Enjoy the ultimate nature and wildlife experience at Milford Sound on these excellent-value cruises!


Choose from either the Milford Sound Encounter Nature or Discover More Cruise. The Encounter Nature Cruise is a great way to check out Milford's awe-inspiring scenery and travels the length of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea. The cruise stops at waterfalls and points of interest along the way, and lively expert commentary is provided throughout the tour from the skipper. You'll be able to reach out and touch sheer rock cliffs, drink pure glacial water straight from the waterfalls, see seals sunning themselves on the rocks and watch dolphins riding the bow wave of the boat.



With the Discover More Cruise you can really explore the beauty of the fiord. You'll have access to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, the only floating underwater observatory in New Zealand. This is the absolute best way to experience the magic of the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, previously the exclusive realm of divers. Descend 10 metres underwater into a large, fully air-conditioned viewing area where large windows with excellent optical clarity open your eyes to this deep underwater haven. You can also upgrade to include a one hour kayak around sheltered Harrison Cove. Kayak through crystal clear waters in one of the most majestic places in the world.


Book your seat on this one-of-a-kind adventure on the Milford Sound with us today!



Itinerary:

  • Assemble at the meeting point.

  • Board Milford Sound cruise.

  • Visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory (only for Discover More package).

  • Kayak (only for Discover More package with kayaking).

  • Return to meeting point.


Cruise introduction:

  • Model: Lady Bowen

  • Design: Steel Monohull

  • Viewing decks: 3

  • Sailing speed: 8.5 nautical miles / hour

  • Length: 21 meters

  • Passenger capacity: 100 passengers



Schedule:


Encounter Nature Cruise (2 hours 15 minutes)

  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am (1 October - 30 April)

  • 9:45 am - 12:00 pm (1 May - 30 September)

  • 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm (1 October - 30 April)

  • 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm (1 October - 30 April)


Discover More Cruise (approximately 3 hours)

  • 9:30 am - 12:15 am (1 October - 30 April)

  • 9:45 am - 1:00 pm (1 May - 30 September)

  • 12:15 pm - 3:15 pm (1 October - 30 April)

  • 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm (1 October - 30 April)


Discover More Cruise with  Kayaking (approximately 4 hours)

  • 9:30 am - 1:30 am (1 October - 30 April)

  • 9:45 am - 2:30 pm (1 May - 30 September)

  • 12:15 pm - 4:45 pm (1 October - 30 April)


Assembling arrangement:
  • Meeting point: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound
  • Please make your own way to check in 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time (check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure).


About parking:


  • Parking in the main Milford Sound car park costs $10 NZD per hour, or part there-of.

  • You must pay by credit card and parking cannot be prepaid, you pay when you depart the car park.

  • The main car park is a 10 minute walk from the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal.

  • There are a limited number of free car parks in the Deepwater Basin Park and Ride area, situated about 2 kms from the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, with a complimentary shuttle service departing every 15 to 20 minutes to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal. Allow an extra 30 minutes on your travel time if you choose this option.

  • If you choose to drive to Milford Sound please allow at least 1 to 1.5 hours prior to your cruise departure to find a car park and make your way to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal to check-in 20 minutes prior to your cruise departure.

Tips:
  • Child tickets: Ages 5 – 14

  • Infants aged 0 – 4 are free. Infants are not able to participate in kayak activity.

  • Infants can take part in the Milford Sound Discover More Cruise for free without meals provided. Please make sure you add one to your booking if required.

  • Free unlimited hot drinks are available on all cruise ships. Drinks and snacks are sold on-board.

  • We do not recommend pregnant women, people with disabilities or recent injuries to take part in the kayak activity.

  • The picnic lunch includes Regular, Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free picnic options.

  • You may request for a two seater kayak, please specify your preference when booking.

  • Guests who participate in Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise will return directly after the cruise. Customers who join Discover More Cruise will wait for the next ship to pick up after visiting the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.


What to bring:


  • Warm clothes

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Comfortable, non-slip shoes

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

  • Water

  • A change of clothes (for kayak customers)

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.
  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.
  • The supplier's contact details are included on the tour voucher.


Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 7 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-6 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
FAQs ASK
  • Q:I want to drive to join this tour, can you tell me some important driving information I need to know in advance?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. From May to September, winter driving conditions apply and you are required to carry snow chains. No petrol stations are available past Te Anau, so fill up before you leave. There is free car parking at Milford Sound. From December to March, please allow up to one hour to park your vehicle, and then allow 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal. Check in time is 20 minutes before your cruise departure. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Vin
    2019/08/01
  • Q:How long does this activity take? Should I find a nearby hotel to live one day prior to my cruise?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. Your tour departs at 9:45 am, and it will take approximately 4 hours. You need to make your way to Milford Sound Visitor Terminal 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time. Therefore we recommend you stay for a night at Te Anau and catch an early coach to Milford Sound Visitor Terminal the next day. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia
    2019/07/18

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