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Milford Sound
Overnight Cruise.

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This overnight cruise through the heart of Fiordland provides astonishing views and the ultimate Milford Sound experience aboard the Milford Mariner, a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a trditional trading scow. The vessel sleeps up to 60, with most accommodated in private ensuite cabins (twin or double). It has spacious viewing decks, dining saloon, licensed bar and observation lounge.

You'll start by departing from the Milford Sound wharf in the late afternoon before cruising through Milford Sound accompanied by our specialist nature guide. There is plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife ' you're bound to encounter seals and, if you're lucky, maybe dolphin and penguins too.

The Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove from where you can join the guide and explore in the vessel's tender craft (small boat) or kayaks. If you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place. If you're feeling brave there's always the option of refreshing swim too. All activities are weather dependent. As evening falls, you'll enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon ' a feast prepared freshly by our on-board chef.

The next day you'll be able to dig into a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord, before returning to Milford Wharf arriving approximately 9.15am.

Things you should know

  • The trip duration is for 1 night
  • Accommodation onboard the Milford Mariner
    • Private cabins with ensuites (twin, double or single occupancy)
    • Duvets, sheets and towels provided
  • There’s a three course buffet dinner including appetisers, soups, salads, hot dishes and a selection of desserts and cheeses (vegetarian options available)
  • A full buffet breakfast with cooked and continental options is served
  • Kayaking and tender craft (small boat) activities included

Extra Information

  • Suitable for all ages
  • There are spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and observation lounge
  • The boat sleeps 60 people
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available
  • The underwater observatory at the Milford Sound Discovery Centre is an option for self-drive customers (extra cost)
  • Daily coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau (extra cost)
  • There’s a fly out option from Milford to Queenstown. This is weather permitting, and not advisable for customers with connecting flights or tight travel arrangements