Milford Sound Cruises

Now's Good! It is the perfect time to experience spectacular Milford Sound. From thundering waterfalls to sky-high mountains and lush rainforests, Milford has it all. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative, and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

Cruise in style on board the newly refurbished Milford Haven. More than a boat, the Haven is a cruising bar and restaurant. Enhance your cruise with something from our café-style menu and pair it perfectly with a fresh craft beer or local wine.

The Milford Haven boasts a large rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the fiord. You can also choose to explore the fiord from the comfort of the cosy lounge, or there is a window seat for everyone in the café.

Price Details & Timing:

Product  Departure Time Return Time Season Adult rate Child rate
Milford Mariner  8:45am 10:15am 11 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023  $109 $45
Milford Haven 11:00am 01:00pm All Year $109 $45
Milford Mariner 01:00pm 03:00pm Oct - Apr $109 $45
Milford Haven 01:15pm 03:15pm All Year $109 $45


More Information

Take the time to enjoy the best of Milford Sound with our leisurely cruise aboard the Milford Haven, Milford Mariner or M.V. Sinbad. Exploring the length of the fiord you’ll learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as you move in close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and, in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguins.

Our experienced skippers tailor the cruise to take into consideration weather and recent wildlife sightings, ensuring you’ll see the best that Milford Sound has to offer on the day.

Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience what’s been called the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Extra information

- Great viewing from both the outdoor decks and indoor lounge
- Restaurant quality food & beer on tap
- Barista coffee and tea available (extra cost)
- The cruise will be aboard the Milford Haven, Milford Mariner or the M.V. Sinbad
- Milford Sound is in remote Fiordland, with no WIFI available, the perfect place to unplug and recharge
- All ages are welcome on our cruises

Getting there
The journey to Milford Sound via the famous Milford Road is just as remarkable as the destination itself.
Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours (one-way) from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau.
If you are self-driving from Queenstown, try to stay overnight in Te Anau as the trip to Milford and back from Queenstown can get very tiring. Also, leave plenty of time to stop at the many scenic trails and lookouts along the way.

What to bring
Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.
Personal medication including for asthma and allergies.

Terms and Conditions

T&Cs for Activity Rentals 2023 -2024

Valid Pickup Dates From : 01-Apr-2023 to 31-Mar-2024.

How long does it take to travel to Milford Sound?
If you are travelling from Queenstown it will take around 5 hours to reach Milford. Te Anau to Milford is around 2 hours 30 minutes. This timing allows for toilet and photo stops along the way. If driving, make sure you fill your vehicle with petrol in Te Anau before travelling to Milford as there are no petrol stations at Milford Sound or en route. For more details, refer to our Driving Times webpage.

What is the Milford Sound Levy?
The Milford Sound Levy is paid to the Milford Sound Tourism authority and helps to maintain, preserve and develop the Fiord.

Do I need to bring a car seat for my child?
Car seats are not mandatory on our coaches, and we do not have then available for hire. Parents are more than welcome to bring their own car seats.

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