Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise

Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise

Departing from the Milford Wharf, the Milford Wanderer cruises the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage, the vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in comfortable twin-share cabins with shared bathroom facilities.

Tour Info

Tour Name: Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise
From: Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound
Cruise Type: Overnight Cruise
Price:
From (NZD) $399 per person
Tour Operator: Real Journeys
Duration: 2 Days
Tour Code: RJMW

Inclusions

Twin-share compartments and shared bathroom facilities. Limited Quad-share accommodation is also available – sleeps 36 twin share
Spacious viewing decks and cosy dining saloon/fully licensed bar
Three course evening buffet meal
Cooked and continental buffet breakfast
Choose to explore the area further by taking a guided walk on the world famous Milford Track or get up close to the shoreline by tender boat with our Nature Guides
Specialist nature guide on board
Coach connections from Queenstown or Te Anau
Suitable for all ages
Not suitable for wheelchair passengers due to steep stairs

Begin your overnight trip with a full length cruise of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage, the Milford Wanderer has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in comfortable twin-share cabins with shared bathroom facilities.

The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, and you’ll quickly get to know your crew and fellow travellers. As you explore the fiord, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks.

Choose to explore the area further by taking a guided walk on the world famous Milford Track or get up close to the shoreline by tender boat with our Nature Guides, or 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.

Enjoy a three-course meal in the cosy saloon, order drinks from the fully licensed bar and relax in the company of like-minded travellers. After dinner you may want to check out the stars in the incredible inky blackness of the remote Fiordland night sky. When you’re ready, retire to a comfortable cabin.

The next morning, fuel up for the day with a cooked or continental breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (depending on the weather of course) and exploring a bit more of the fiord before returning to Milford Wharf.

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

  • Self Drive passengers can depart from Milford Sound wharf at 4.30pm
  • 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

Dining Experience

Evening dining includes three-course dinner aboard the vessel. Breakfast includes a choice of cooked and continental. All meals are served in the dining saloon (please advise dietary requirements at time of booking). The bar onboard the vessel is fully licensed, therefore passengers are unable to consume their own alcohol onboard. (cash or credit card facilities only).

Onboard Accommodation
Accommodation is in 14 private cabins (twin, single or double). Two quad cabins (4 bunks) with curtained doorways are also available. All rooms are with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linen, duvet, pillow are provided.

What to bring
Only one overnight bag is to be brought onboard the overnight cruise for passenger convenience and safety reasons. There are limited luggage storage facilities available at the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal in Milford Sound. It is advisable to bring swim wear, sunscreen, sun hat, comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, insect repellent and camera.

The Vessel’s Specifications
Purpose built motor vessel, designed along the lines of a traditional NZ coastal trading scow, the vessel is also equipped with a shore tender vessel.

  • Length/Beam/Draft: 38m/8.4m/1.65m
  • Max Displacement: 258 tonnes
  • Engines: 2x 6V92 Detroit Diesel
  • Cruising Speed: 9.5 knots
  • Overnight Capacity: 36 passengers
  • Spacious Viewing Decks: Two
  • Commenced Service: October 1992
  • Sails: Ketch rigged, fore & aft sails, jib & flying jib

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
4.30pm Board the Milford Wanderer
From 4.30pm Afternoon activities
7.30pm Three-course 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 Wanderer at Milford Sound
12.30pm Te Anau passengers leave the coach
3.30pm Queenstown passengers leave the coach
4.6/5.0

There are 11 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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5
07/03/2018
This was a tremendous trip. We had the good fortune of having beautiful weather. The hike was great, the dinner delicious, the dolphins delightful, the stars amazing, the captain and crew terrific.
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4
23/01/2018
Scenery spectacular and boat and crew friendly and helpful. Maybe I didn't read the small print but when we got onboard and looked at the eveving activities I hadn't realised we were going on an hour and a half walk! Perhaps make this clearer in initial details.
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5
05/11/2017
We had a wonderful experience on Milford Sound. The crew were professional, helpful and friendly. The food was very tasty and well presented. We were lucky to have beautiful clear weather but would have been happy with what ever mother nature had install. Richard was a wealth of knowledge and was more then happy to answer any questions that we had. Thank you for your help and also for accommodating our change of dates due to the unseasonal weather.
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5
31/03/2017
We were surprised by the high standard of the accommodation; the food was excellent, and program was perfect for us (although it would have been nice to have had longer on the tender, but the walking group wanted picking up early). Loved it all and absolutely no complaints.
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5
20/01/2017
Wanderer was well equipped and in great condition. Chef & food excellent. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable. We - family of four, loved it and the good weather helped !
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4
21/02/2016
We both thoroughly enjoyed the boat cruise out overnight at Milford Sound. The tour guides were extremely informative and it was amazing to see Milford Sound up close. The only downside was my girlfriend being absolutely drenched with water when the operator of the small boat misjudged the return to the cruise ship which resulted in my girlfriend being absolutely sprayed with water and all her clothes being drenched... not ideal.
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01/02/2016
Our tour of Milford was an great experience based on the geography and natural surroundings but the crew on the boat did not provide the best welcome of our NZ trip - they appeared jaded and somewhat unenthusiastic - appreciate they do this day in and out but they could set a better tone - a little underwhelmed by them.
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5
30/03/2015
We had a brilliant trip , lovely weather too. My only wish was for a bit more time on the open sea, but didn't want to lose time anywhere else. Just the more, the better! One member of our party would have preferred a slightly more formal dinner. The food was delicious and the cabins and boat lovely. Crew very friendly and helpful. We had a great time, thank you.
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5
06/03/2015
All aboard where great and the Captain and how he interacted with my 11 & 8 year old grand daughters was just wonderful.
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03/03/2015
The trip on the Milford Wanderer was excellent, the accommodation was good, facilities excellent, food was excellent, and staff were excellent. The fact that this was a smaller boat than the Milford Mariner actually worked really well - that was the boat we'd tried to get on. Shared facilities were no issue at all so don't be put off. The early morning on the fiord was excellent - very peaceful. Would definitely use Relaxing Journeys again.
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07/01/2015
We had a fantastic trip! We were very fortunate because the weather was perfect, sunny skies, we saw Dolphins and seals. Food was great.
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