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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Explore the breathtaking scenery of Milford Sound, spot waterfalls, fur seals, dolphins and maybe even penguins!

DurationDurationVaries depending on departure time
Start & End TimeStart & End TimeVaries
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffNot included
LanguagesLanguagesEnglish
MealsMealsNot included
AccessibleAccessiblePlease refer to the FAQ's

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise Highlights

  • Get up to 10% cash back per person when you book with us!
  • Exclusive Price with Backpacker Deals
  • Locally owned and operated
  • Experience the stunning beauty of Milford Sound
  • 1hr 45min or 2-hour cruise aboard a modern multi-purpose catamaran
  • Spot fur seals, dolphins, and penguins (depending on the season)
  • Enjoy views of waterfalls and mountains
  • Spectacular scenery of the Fiordland National Park
  • Learn about the area's history from experienced skipper's
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Please note check-in time is 25 minutes before the departure. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the child ages?

Children are 5 - 14 years

Children 0 - 4 years are free 

There are a number of different ways to get to Milford Sound including self-drive, day-trips by coach and by air

Your Milford Sound boat trip does not depart from Queenstown wharf. Some people do ask that!

It is a good idea to allow at least 5 hours to ensure that you have enough time for all the photo stops along the way

There is only a very limited supply of fuel in Milford Sound. We would strongly recommend you fuel up before you leave Te Anau.

Once you reach the end of the Milford road there is a large carpark available for everyone cruising Milford Sound. It is a short 5-minute walk from the carpark to the terminal building where your cruise departs. Please note that you cannot park directly outside the terminal building. 

*Important Note; Milford Sound Tourism Ltd have introduced an hourly rate parking charge in the main car parks at Milford Sound. Information about parking at Milford can be found here www.milfordsoundtourism.nz/parking.

The last point with a large selection of cafes and supermarkets is Te Anau. In Milford itself, there is only one small cafe. Snacks and drinks are available for cash purchase on the boat.

Here's an idea of must-have items:

  • Cash - to pay for purchases on the boat.
  • A rain jacket - even on a sunny day the waterfalls will get you wet.
  • A camera - to record your day.
  • Sunglasses - it can be bright if the sun is shining!
  • Finally, if you are self-driving, a full tank of petrol when leaving Te Anau.

There is disabled parking just outside the terminal, with ramp access down the wharf. The bottom deck of the Gem of the Sound is explorable for wheelchair users, with accessible toilets and the Cafe/Bar on this deck. Provided it is not too windy, there is access to a small rear viewing deck on this floor too. 

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Pure Milford
Milford Sound Highway, Milford 9679, New Zealand
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