Enjoy the ultimate nature and wildlife experience on these excellent-value Milford Sound cruises!
Choose from either the Nature Cruise or the Discover More Cruise. The 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!
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 the meeting point.
Nature Cruise duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
Discover More Cruise duration: Approximately 3 hours
Kayak duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Tour availability (timetables subject to change):
Milford Sound Nature Cruise:
10:30 am - 12:15 pm all year round
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm all year round
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm May to September
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm October - April
Milford Sound Discover More:
10:30 am - 1:00 pm all year round
11:40 am - 2:30 pm October - April
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm all year round
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm all year round
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm October - April
Milford Sound Discover More Package with Single Kayaking:
10:30 am - 2:30 pm all year round
11:40 am - 4:00 pm October - April
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm all year round
Model: Spirit of Milford
Design: catamaran, flat boat
Viewing decks: 3
Sailing speed: 9.6 nautical miles / hour
Length: 26 meters
Passenger capacity: 160 passengers
Meeting point: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound
Please arrive at the meeting point at least 30 minutes in advance to check in (check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure).
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 Package 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.
The Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch, Japanese Obento Lunch and Thali Indian Lunch are not available from May to September.
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.
The Milford Sound Underwater Observatory will be closed for maintenance from 24 June 2019 to 9 August 2019.
What to bring:
Comfortable, non-slip shoes
Sunscreen and sunglasses
A change of clothes (for kayak customers)
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 tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.