Milford Sound Nature Cruise | Milford Sound (Nature Cruise Only)

Milford Sound Nature Cruise | Milford Sound (Nature Cruise Only)

An extended and leisurely cruise of the Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea on board the Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer or MV Sinbad. Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary that allows plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife and have special appeal for the independent traveller.

An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks; and keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season.

Lunch option and complimentary tea and coffee are available on all vessels. Suitable for all ages.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Milford Sound to Milford Sound
Price:
From (NZD) $98 per person
Duration: 2 1/2 Hour
Tour Code: RJ200

Inclusions

Extended Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea for 2hrs 30mins (2 hrs in winter)
Picnic Lunch (at additional cost and must be pre-ordered). Café style food is available for purchase on board the vessels
Specialist commentary in English is provided on board the vessel and by the coach driver. Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford
  • Departure Times: 10.30am (all year), 1.35pm (1 Oct to 30 Apr), 12.55pm (1 May-30 Sep)
  • Duration: 2 hours 30mins (2 hrs in winter) (approximately)
  • Return Details: 1.00pm (1 Oct to 30 Apr), 12.30pm (1 May-30 Sep), 3.50pm (1 Oct–30 Apr) & 2.55pm (1 May–30 Sep)
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-14 years inclusive (0-4 years years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • What to Bring: Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera
  • Commentaries/Interpretation: Dedicated on board nature guide provides specialist commentary in English. Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai
  • Cruise on the Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer or MV Sinbad. The vessel used for the nature cruise may interchange to suit operational and capacity requirements
  • *Picnic lunch contains sandwich (fresh salad & cold meat), Scroggin energy mix, Fruit juice, Cheese and crackers, Cookie, Fresh fruit (seasonal) & Complimentary tea or coffee

Tourism Affiliations

Tourism Industry MemberQualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver

4.5/5.0

There are 17 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

5
13/02/2018
Great trip on a great boat. We followed up this with an overnight on Doubtful Sound that was an exceptional experience.
Overall Tour Rating

5
28/12/2017
First saw Milford 40 years ago. I was prepared to be disappointed. This was by far the better experience. Well organized. Great crew.
Overall Tour Rating

4
03/03/2017
The waterfalls were spectacular, thanks to the rain. I don't have anything bad to say, but it might have helped if you could have informed us about the short walk from the public parking to the Milford visitor centre in advance.
Overall Tour Rating

5
09/10/2015
Excellent Service. Amazing experience. Definitely recommend to others.
Overall Tour Rating

5
16/02/2015
Another excellent cruise after Doubtful Sound the day before. The weather was perfect which must be a rare event two days in a row. The MV Sinbad was much less crowded than the big catamaran in Doubtful Sound so it was easier to move around. The commentary was excellent and the sound system on MV Sinbad was much better than on the Doubtful Sound cruise. However, the boat did not provide such good viewing locations. Views of Mitre Peak knife edge ridge were impressive. Lunch was good. Another excellent cruise.
Overall Tour Rating

5
02/02/2014
We were lucky and had lovely weather. The experience to see the Milford Sounds is unforgetable. Definitely recommend to everyone. Organisation of the cruise was smooth and professional. Only thing I would like to mention was that it was hard to understand the captain in the speakers.
Overall Tour Rating

3
12/12/2013
I really liked the cruise and the crew on it, the tour guide who was talking about was Maori stories was very interesting and the staff on the deck was friendly and helpful. We liked the boat and the possum (or squassum, as he mentioned) fur, the only thing which we didn't like was the weather, which was absolutely horrible, but you couldn't change it, unfortunately.
Overall Tour Rating

5
25/11/2013
Although we had a very wet day for our Milford Sound cruise it enhanced our experience because of the hundreds of temporary waterfalls that had appeared overnight. A magnificent sight! The trip on our boat was well-organised and very comfortable. We purchased food from the on-board cafe which was tasty and reasonably priced. A great day with such wonderful scenery!
Overall Tour Rating

3
26/02/2013
We enjoyed the leisurely sail, the scenery and the commentary. However, we did not see much wildlife - for which, of course, you are not responsible. We are pleased we made the trip and will recommend it to any friends who might in the future visit this part of NZ.
Overall Tour Rating

5
05/02/2013
We had an unbelievably gorgeous day in Milford Sound. Spectacular scenery.
Overall Tour Rating

5
28/12/2011
I'm from Australia. The tour was absolute world class and New Zealand people were fantastic. The best holiday I have ever had. A1 +++
Overall Tour Rating

4
24/09/2011
Wonderful day, coach driver Lloyd was very helpful and considerate. Cruise was delightful. Picnic basket excellent value!
Overall Tour Rating

5
12/09/2011
Only got back to UK today. A magical day and very lucky with the weather. The tour guide was knowledgeable and most amusing (I am a tour guide in England and he was funnier than me!!). Milford Sound must be the most photographed place in NZ and I am looking forward to seeing them all when I have unpacked!! Thank you again - brilliant.
Overall Tour Rating

5
26/02/2011
We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to do the Nature Cruise. The ongoing commentary from our naturalist, the incredible navigation skills of our captain, the stunning sights and the fantastic experiences we had during the cruise all made for a five-star experience. Congratulations on a job well done.
Overall Tour Rating

4
09/01/2011
The nature tour guide was excellent, the picnic lunch pack we ordered was wonderful, and the day was one of the best days we had in NZ.
Overall Tour Rating

4
03/10/2010
Enjoyed the trip to Milford Sound from Te Anau and the boat cruise. We were glad we opted for the box lunch as there is not much time for lunch and the cruise. The views were spectacular in some aspects reminds me of british Columbia and the Rockies.
Overall Tour Rating

4
16/07/2010
The coach and cruise were a once in a lifetime experience. Simply gorgeous and stunning. Highly recommended especially for those who loves nature and relaxation.
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