Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise

Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise

The famous Milford Mariner is a heritage built vessel that offers a unique dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Dine in a cosy saloon and stroll the open deck areas to view the scenery of Milford Sound on a cruise along the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise is accompanied by a nature guide with specialist knowledge of the history of the region, flora and fauna.

Tour Info

Tour Name: Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise
From: Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound
Cruise Type: Overnight Cruise
Price:
From (NZD) $329 per person
Tour Operator: Real Journeys
Duration: Overnight
Tour Code: RJMO

Inclusions

Private cabins with ensuite bathrooms (twin, double or single occupancy)
Spacious viewing decks
Three course evening buffet meal
Cooked and continental buffet breakfast
Dining saloon/fully licensed bar and observation lounge
Kayaking and tender craft (small boat) activities included
Nature guide on board
Milford Sound Discovery Centre (underwater observatory) option for self drive customers only (extra cost)
Coach connections from Queenstown or Te Anau with courtesy transfers from most accommodation
Suitable for all ages
Not suitable for wheelchair passengers due to steep stairs

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* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Solo traveller prices available on request.

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An overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner is the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience.

An overnight cruise is the ultimate way to experience Milford Sound. When all the day visitors have left, the fiord transforms into a peaceful scene of dramatic landscape. It is the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and get a sense of the serenity that the fiord offers.

After boarding the Milford Mariner, guests enjoy a full length cruise of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea. The flexible nature of the cruise means there is ample time to look out for wildlife such as seals, penguins and dolphins. The Nature Guide ensures an immersive experience as guests learn all about the history and natural environment of the fiord. Go for a paddle in a kayak, or hop on board a tender craft to explore the fiord up close. The boat will anchor in the shelter of Harrison Cove overnight.

Enjoy a sumptuous three-course buffet dinner in the dining saloon, followed by a Nature Guide presentation in the forward saloon. Beverages are available for purchase at the licensed bar. Overnight accommodation is in private ensuite cabins with twin or double configuration. For breakfast, there are cooked and continental options available from the buffet. There is time for further cruising on the fiord before returning to the Milford Wharf.

TOUR DEPARTURES
This cruise departs daily & offers three departure points :

  • Self Drive passengers can depart from Milford Sound wharf at 3.30pm (Summer departs an hour later)
  • If you are staying in Queenstown a luxury coach leaves at 8:30am
  • Or passengers can leave by luxury coach from Te Anau at 12:45pm

Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service is available from inner city Queenstown or Te Anau hotels. Pick-up and drop-off details must be advised at the time of booking (pick up times vary).

Your Overnight Experience
With specialist nature guides on board, the Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise offers a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, and wildlife. Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions.

Cruises have a flexible itinerary that allows plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and to pause to view highlights. Cruise so close to waterfalls that water soaks the foredeck, or drift gently while watching out for dolphins, seals and penguins.

Complimentary Activities
Milford Mariner offers a relaxed environment, where you can do as much or as little as you like. The following activities are complimentary and are available to all guests:

  • Kayaking
  • Tender craft (small boat) excursions

If relaxation is more your style, then you can choose to soak up the views from the deck, read a book, or interact with our knowledgeable crew.

Dining Experience
As evening falls, enjoy a lavish three course buffet carvery in the dining saloon. Evening dining includes a three-course meal (vegetarian option available – please advise if required at the time of booking).

Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin. In the morning enjoy a choice of cooked and continental breakfast, served in the dinning saloon.

Onboard Accommodation
The Milford Mariner has 28 cabins with ensuite bathrooms (16 cabins with twin single beds, 12 cabins with double beds). Bed linen, duvet, towel and pillow are provided.

What to bring
One overnight bag only to be brought on board for passenger convenience and safety reasons. Limited lock-up storage facilities are available at the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound. It is advisable to bring swim wear, sunscreen, sun hat, comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, a change of clothes for kayaking, insect repellant and camera.

Milford Mariner’s Specifications
Purpose built motor vessel, designed along the lines of a traditional NZ coastal trading scow, the vessel is also equipped with kayaks & two shore tender vessels.

  • Length/Beam/Draft: 38m/10m/2.75m
  • Max Displacement: 693 Gross tonnage
  • Engines: 2 x 6AYM 484KW Yanmar
  • Cruising Speed: 11 knots
  • Overnight Capacity: 64 passengers
  • Spacious Viewing Decks: Three
  • Commenced Service: October 2000
  • Sails: Gaff rigged

TRIP NOTES
Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from November 2016 onwards. Itinerary and inclusions may vary for earlier departures.

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Milford Sound
8.30am For those departing from Queenstown a coach will pick you up from your Queenstown hotel
9.45am On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau
12.30pm For those travelling from Queenstown, stop in Te Anau for a break
12.45pm For those departing from Te Anau a coach will pick you up from your Te Anau hotel
1.30pm From Te Anau, travel by luxury coach along the spectacular Milford Road through impressive alpine scenery. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way
3.30pm Board the Milford Mariner (Summer departs an hour later)
From 4.30pm Afternoon activities
7.30pm Buffet Dinner is served in the Dining Saloon
9.00pm Dinner complete. Relax, unwind, view the stars and take in the stillness of staying overnight on a luxury vessel anchored in a sheltered bay
Day 2
Milford Sound
7.30am Breakfast to be served in The Dining Saloon
8.30am Optional activities available
9.15am Disembark the Milford Mariner at Milford Sound
12.30pm Te Anau passengers leave the coach
3.30pm Queenstown passengers leave the coach
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There are 88 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

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5
21/04/2018
The tour from start to finish was excellent. The staff at Real Journeys were professional, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. It was a great value for the money. I definitely will not hesitate to book another excursion with Real Journeys.
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5
16/04/2018
Milford Sound is incredible and Relaxing Journeys provided an informative and enjoyable tour. Our cabin was located on the lower level and we did not sleep much during the night due to constant noise (sounded like cables rubbing against the boat?) - other passengers we spoke to had similar problems. The food was great with a wide variety, alcohol prices were ridiculously expensive.
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5
12/04/2018
Very well be organised, good food and just so enjoyable.
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5
04/04/2018
We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Cabin and bed was comfortable. Food was plentiful and great quality! Staff were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable!
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4
02/04/2018
The location is fantastic and the Milford Mariner is an excellent way to see it. The team went out of their way to make the tour memorable. An excellent choice of buffet dishes for the evening meal. Our itinerary did not make it clear what time we needed to be at the wharf and where to park which resulted in us wasting about 4 hours. The tour checks in at 4pm and you can drive your car to the actual wharf at 4pm and park in the allocated bus bays.
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5
11/03/2018
Overall a fabulous way to see Milford Sound. The captain & crew were fantastic. Only downside was the temperature of our cabin on the lower deck, possibly because it was a mild night, but the cabin was too hot and no fresh air circulating, so it became quite stuffy & uncomfortable.
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11/03/2018
The boat crew and amenities were very good.
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5
07/02/2018
Fabulous trip. We were lucky with the weather as we managed to sail out of the Sound.
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5
01/02/2018
Please read carefully, this is advertised as a two day trip on the website, when in fact you get on at 4.30 and off again at 9.00 the following morning, you only have 17 hours on the boat. This costs you a days holiday in Te Anau. You could drive from Queenstown, and be there on time. The food was good although breakfast was rushed and cold. The staff were excellent and pleasantly helpful. We enjoyed the trip but felt it could be done in the day unless you wanted a night on a boat.
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27/01/2018
It would have been nice to cruise the Sound on the first evening, too. This way we felt kind of parked in the Bay. Rooms and shower were great.
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