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A scenic alpine drive to Milford Sound from Te Anau
Enjoy sightseeing stops along the way
A series of guided nature walks
A 2 hour cruise along Milford Sound, with frequent stops at spectacular points of interest
Great photo opportunities as you get closer to waterfalls & wildlife
Tea & coffee served onboard
Interactive & informative commentary from the skipper
Convenient return transfers from selected Te Anau accommodation
What to Expect
Experience Milford from three perspectives on this full-day small-group tour.
Departing from Te Anau, you’ll travel to Milford Sound in a comfortable, modern Mercedes van with panoramic windows for superior viewing, as your driver shares their extensive knowledge of the area along the picturesque Milford Road. During the drive, you’ll see local points of beauty such as Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat and the famous Eglington Valley.
Once you arrive in Milford Sound, sit back and relax as your cruise departs from Milford Sound Wharf and makes its way past the iconic Mitre Peak. Cruise the length of the 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, while listening to informative commentary from your skipper, who will highlight points of interest along the way. These include the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls.
You'll go further and get closer than any other operator in Milford Sound. The boats are purpose-built for navigating near the shoreline to get you as close as possible to your incredible surroundings.
Whether you choose to keep warm with a cup of tea or coffee seated inside the lounge or want to get outside and breathe in the pristine alpine air, you are going to be inspired by the majesty of the region.
This cruise has strictly limited passenger numbers, rewarding you with an intimate experience of Milford Sound while allowing for unobstructed photo opportunities from the outdoor viewing decks.
Be sure to keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins or rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region.
On the return journey from Milford, you will have the opportunity for a series of guided scenic walks to really enjoy all the Milford Road journey has to offer.
Experience the lush rainforest, alpine valleys (including the famous Mt. Cook lilies in flower in November & December), roaring cascades and picture-perfect lakes. Walking options will depend on the conditions of the day and the interests of the group. However, all walks are easy, with a maximum duration of 45 minutes.
8:30am (1 May – 31 Oct)
7.45am (1 Nov – 30 April)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Warm Clothing
- Waterproof Jacket
- Water bottle & lunch (complimentary tea & coffee is provided)
- Insect Repellent
The wildlife you may spot will depend on the time of year you visit and how friendly the wildlife are feeling on the day. You will see New Zealand fur seals lazing on the rocks, and if you’re lucky enough, you might spot dolphins or the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.
There are toilets located at the back of the boat on either side.
Milford Sound is a magical paradise when it does rain, as the cliff faces come to life with thousands of waterfalls. Come prepared with a raincoat and warm clothes, and you will enjoy the show nature puts on for you.
Due to the changeable nature of the conditions in Fiordland, Milford Road can be closed at any time throughout the year. Should the roads close, The Operator is happy to transfer you to another departure or refund the cost of your cruise, depending on the circumstances.
Children 4-14 years inclusive pay child price. Children under 4 years are free of charge (FOC). Children under 4 years are FOC on flight if they sit on adult’s lap if less than 11kgs. Children over 11kgs will be charged at 50% of adult retail rate.
The Operator reserves the right to amend timetables and cancel cruise departures at any time for safety or operational reasons. The Operator has the right to cancel any cruise at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or change the cruise route at the captain's discretion
In the event of the tour being cancelled due to road closures or weather or any other reason outside of our control, The Operator will offer you the opportunity to reschedule and if this is not possible, arrange a refund
Minimum numbers are required for the tour to go ahead
Cancellations and changes permitted for bookings up to 48 hours prior to departure at no charge, subject to availability.
Any changes to bookings made within 48 hours will be subject to space availability and may incur a cancellation fee of up to 100%.
Cancellations of bookings made within 48 hours will be charged 100% of the booking or nil refund.
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