Recent Searches
Clear

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch

star-4.5
|
Milford Sound, New Zealand

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
0 Infants1 Infant2 Infants3 Infants4 Infants5 Infants6 Infants7 Infants8 Infants9 Infants10 Infants11 Infants12 Infants13 Infants14 Infants15 Infants0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children10 Children11 Children12 Children13 Children14 Children15 Children0 Adults1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults13 Adults14 Adults15 Adults
Free Cancellation
up to 24 hours in advance
Loading available options...


icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
More questions?
(888) 651-9785

Overview

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a Milford Sound cruise while visiting UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Departing from Milford Wharf, this boat cruise glides past snow-capped Mitre Peak and waterfalls cascading down steep-walled mountains that rise straight up from the water. See Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point while searching the deep fiord for marine life including bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.
  • Cruise the waters of Milford Sound
  • Mitre Peak towering high above the fiord
  • See dolphins and seals in their natural environment
  • Optional lunch included (if selected at time of booking)
Saved to wishlist!
Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
Lunch (if option selected)
Full commentary
Tea and coffee are provided complimentary to all passengers
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hour

Departure Point

Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre and board the boat for your Milford Sound cruise. Peer out of the large viewing windows of the vessel or head to the outdoor decks to spot South Island marine life, such as bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins in what Rudyard Kipling described as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World.’ 

While you cruise along the southern side of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea and return up the northern side, your crew describes the natural features such as Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls that descend from towering slopes into the serene waters of the deep fiord, nestled in World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park. See points of interest like Seal Point and snap postcard-worthy pics of Mitre Peak, which reaches a height of 5,551 feet (1,692 meters).

Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board, and dig into a provided lunch (if option selected) before your cruise ends at Milford Wharf.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
Here you will check in for your Milford Sound Cruise.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Boat tours are a popular way to explore.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mitre Peak
Mitre Peak (Māori Rahotu) is a mountain in the South Island of New Zealand, located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country.
Pass By:  
Bowen Falls
The permanent Lady Bowen Falls is Milford’s highest waterfall at 162m. Not only breathtakingly beautiful, without it Milford Sound couldn’t operate; with it being our sole source of power and water. Occasionally, in heavy rain or dry spells she has a few overflow and underflow problems, leaving us without electricity for periods but her beauty makes up for her occasional flow issues. She quadruples in volume during Milford’s epic storms – one of the best ways to truly enjoy the falls is to stand on the foreshore to feel the spray.
Stop At:  
Fiordland National Park
Fiordland National Park is in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for the glacier-carved fiords of Doubtful and Milford sounds. A beech forest trail on the sandy Milford shore offers views of towering Mitre Peak. Nearby, the craggy Earl Mountains are reflected in the glassy surface of Mirror Lakes. On the Cleddau River, the Chasm Walk passes over bridges with views of powerful waterfalls.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Sinbad Gully
Nestled behind the world famous Mitre Peak, the Sinbad Gully is characterised by extremely steep glacially carved walls punctuated by near vertical granite cliffs. These walls slowed pest invasion into the gully and as a result a number of unique native species remain in the Sinbad. Southern Discoveries is passionate about preserving Milford Sound’s beauty for future generations which is why it’s a key partner in a major conservation project – the Sinbad Sanctuary Project. The aim is to see the valley of New Zealand’s most photographed mountain (Sinbad Gully is at the base of Mitre Peak) become a sanctuary for native species.
Pass By:  
Stirling Falls
Milford’s second-highest waterfall is the Stirling Falls, a staggering 151m in height – three times the height of Niagara Falls, but the 1,300m mountain behind displaces this incredible height. This is the famous waterfall that Hugh Jackman ‘jumped off’ in the movie Wolverine. The sheer drop of the Stirling Falls allows boats and brave kayakers to get right underneath – it’s an incredible feeling to have the power of 151m worth of glacial water falling on top of you. Discovered by Captain Stirling, Stirling who discovered the waterfall chose to name the waterfall after himself; less of a gentlemanly move than Captain Bowen who named the Lady Bowen Falls after his wife.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All passengers please advise country of origin at the time of booking
  • Car Parking: On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the main carpark to the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre. Alternatively, you can park free of charge at Deepwater Basin Carpark and walk over to Freshwater Basin to the Cruise Terminal. This walk is approximately 30 minutes in duration, so additional time will need to be allocated in order to do this comfortably and arrive at the terminal 15 minutes prior to your cruise for check-in.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Southern Discoveries

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch.

Traveler Photos

Traveler Tips


  • "Leave really early such as 6:30 to avoid the crowds." See review
  • "Carry a rain coat when you go on this cruise.." See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
127 Reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
Showing 1-10 of 127 reviews
star-4
worth a visit
eversunnyhan
, Feb 2020
we came in January. waterfalls are smaller, but the view is beautiful. And do not miss the points on the way to Milford. There are lots of looks outs to stop over. Leave really early such as 6:30 to avoid the crowds.
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Milford Sound cruise.
alangt
, Feb 2020
We were unable to take up the Milford Sound cruise due to the heavy rain and flooding at the time. We were very disappointed but there were no other options available. The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound is an experience all on its own. There are some great stopovers on route and it is well worth spending time travelling this 120km stretch of road. Plan to undertake the trip in no less than 4 hours.
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Milford Sound cruise.
alangt
, Feb 2020
Unfortunately we were unable to participate in this sightseeing cruise due to the recent flooding at Milford Sound. This was extremely dissapointing as we had undertaken the Doubtful Sound cruise the previous day. My wife had previously undertaken the Milford Sound Cruise which she rated very highly. Hopefully we may get a compliimentary voucher from Real Journeys as a result of our non-participation.
HelpfulHelpful
star-3
Only Worth it in Good Weather - Not Worth it Otherwise
wijajo
, Jan 2020
Staff were nice, boat was fine. I just think that every tour operator could advertise that you aren't likely to see much as Milford is constantly raining. I saw grey - lots and lots of grey. I did also see some waterfalls, but I saw a million waterfalls driving into Milford Sound too - so they appeared less special than they would have otherwise. It's probably worth booking tours on the day subject to whether you can see anything from the foreshore (if you go early morning or around 4pm, these are the times that are much less likely to book out). If you struggle to see the cliff opposite you, it's not really an experience worth paying for.
HelpfulHelpful
star-4
Nice tour
BrendanHatch
, Jan 2020
Nice tour, big boat and not too crowded (like some other boats we saw that day that were packed.. Jucy). Standard loop around the bay so hard to differentiate. Would have been nice for the staff to wipe down the rain water from the benches on the top deck so the passengers could sit down - very easy for them to do and has a big impact on customer experience
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Great cruise with spectacular views
Cindy O
, Dec 2019
This was a 9am cruise so we paid for breakfast as well. The cruise boat was spacious and clean and the breakfast was plentiful and delicious. There was enough commentary for it to be informative but not overwhelming. Great value
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Perfect Cruise
Yeo Yen P
, Dec 2019
Went on a beautiful, sunny morning and caught the 0900 hrs cruise. The hot breakfast served on board was a nice welcome. There were not that many people on board that early in the morning, so we had plenty of room on the open decks. Felt the spray of the waterfalls, saw a pod of dolphins swimming, seals sunbathing and the stunning scenery. All in, a perfect cruise.
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Lovely cruise
jsang22
, Nov 2019
We did the morning cruise and do not regret it. Beautiful scenery. Got to see mountains, waterfalls, and penguins. The cruise lasted 1 hr 45 min and included complimentary tea and coffee. The boat was very spacious too; it had three levels. Also, the drive to Milford Sound from Te Anau was stunning.
HelpfulHelpful
star-4
Great way to see the sound.
melindas632015
, Oct 2019
Scenery was stunning, lunch was nice, the crew on board were amazing and very helpful, the only problem was the person I first encountered at front desk was incredibly rude, so luckily the rest of the activity made up for that.
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Outstanding!
jematthew3
, Jun 2019
This trip was truly wonderful! We loved the scenery and even got to see dolphins and a fur seal. The waterfalls were running hard and fast from all the rain. The captain was informative and funny
HelpfulHelpful

Product code: 3960MFNREDB

Explore Similar Things to Do