Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch
Towering peaks and cascading waterfalls - this has to be the spectacular Milford Sound. Described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World', this cruise will take you past the incredible Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point. See marine life in their natural environment as you discover the magic of this deep fiord.Nestled in the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World'. The only way to truly appreciate the splendor of this area is to enjoy a spectacular Milford Sound cruise.A cruise is the perfect way to discover the beautiful scenery of this famous fiord, including the incredible Mitre Peak, which at a height of 1,692 meters (5,560 feet), is one of the highest mountains in the world to rise directly from the ocean floor, as well as stunning waterfalls that crash down into the serene waters. Wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins are often seen in their natural environment. The Milford Sound cruise along the southern side of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea and return up the northern side, stopping at all points of interest along the way, including Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point.We have a cruise to suit everyone, you can choose the cruise only or choose an option that includes one of our freshly prepared lunches.Our Scenic Cruise is a slightly a shorter cruise on our largest catamaran with commentary available in several language. Commentary is provided by our skipper and there is the option to enjoy a hot buffet lunch or a cooked breakfast on our 9.00am departure in summer.If you’re looking for a slightly longer cruise but still want the option of a hot lunch our Nature Cruise is for you. This cruise is perfect for the more relaxed traveller who still wants an in-depth experience. It’s on our newly refurbished catamaran with great indoor and outdoor viewing and commentary is provided by a live nature guide. a hot buffet lunch is a
Milford Sound Cruise
Cruise Milford Sound for two hours on board the newly refurbished Milford Haven. You can enjoy exclusively brewed XPA beer on tap and a selection of food sourced from local eateries from the on board café. With soft outward facing seats and comfy booths there is plenty of places to sit indoors. The top deck boasts an AstroTurf roof with a communal wooden bench seat and a bar, this is the best place to sit and take in 360 degree views of the Fiord. Get up close and personal with the waterfalls and local wildlife if you’re lucky.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Go Orange Milford Cruise, MIlford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound New ZealandCheck in 15 mins prior to departure at the Go Orange kiosk in Milford Sound. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New ZealandEnjoy a spectacular 2 hour cruise to the mouth of the fiord on a spacious, classic vessel with excellent viewing opportunities. Duration: 2 hours
Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound
2 hours 15 minutes
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound during a boat cruise led by a naturalist guide. On board a smaller-sized vessel than typical Milford Sound cruises, enjoy indoor and outdoor observation decks that provide fantastic photo ops of this famous South Island natural wonder inside New Zealand's World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water longer than most other tours, and get close to the waterfalls and other natural features that give the sound its nickname, the Eighth Wonder of the World.Start your journey at the Milford Sound Visitor Centre, where your captain welcomes you aboard your boat. With a maximum capacity of just 75 people (less than half the capacity of the average Milford Sound cruise), your cruise provides the ease of traveling with a smaller group aboard a comfortable vessel equipped with large viewing windows, warm indoor seating and spacious outdoor decks. Enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee, and set off through the waterways of Milford Sound, which are lined by rugged mountains, snowy peaks and waterfalls that tumble from the cliffs, lacing the rock walls with frothy cascades. This renowned landscape is part of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, which is part of the larger Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to your boat’s smaller size and agility, your captain can get close enough to the cliffs to give you a taste of the pure glacier-fed waters of the waterfalls. While your guide helps you spot marine life that can be spotted in the icy water, such as seals, bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland crested penguins, learn about the native animals found here and how the land formed from glaciers. Marvel at majestic mountains like Mitre Peak, which stands 5,550 feet (1,692 meters) tall.At the end of the cruise, your captain returns you to the Visitor Centre.
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
An all-inclusive nature experience with excellent wildlife viewing, this package gives you the longest, best value daytime cruise experience in Milford Sound. This cruise option enables you to really explore the beauty of the fiord. With a delicious Picnic Lunch and visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory included, it’s the complete cruise experience.You'll get up close to nature, double your adventure and add an hour of relaxed kayaking around the sheltered Harrison Cove to your cruise.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park New ZealandEnjoy a cruise in the 8th wonder of the world and a visit to New Zealand;'s only floating underwater observatory with picnic lunch included. For the ultimate Milford Sound experience add one hour kayaking around sheltered harrison Cove.Duration: 2 hours
Premium Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Coach Tour from Queenstown
90 to 720 minutes
Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on your Milford Sound cruise aboard the Gem of the Sound. The Gem has been specifically designed to capture the incredible and breath-taking Milford scenery with its unique glass roofs and large viewing decks.Sit back, relax and enjoy the comfortable booth seating and ambient décor knowing no matter where you are, you won’t miss a thing with high definition cameras projecting live outdoor footage onto TV screens throughout the vessel. There is the option to purchase a gourmet buffet lunch prepared daily using local fresh ingredients, or choose a Japanese or Indian style lunch box. If you’re not too peckish, simply savour an espresso coffee or local beer and wines from the fully licenced bar.Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New ZealandTake a journey through the Fiordland National Park, listening to informative narration about the stunning scenery (of coach option selected), and stop along the way to take photographs and do some short nature walks. Discover the optical illusion of the Avenue of Disappearing Mountains, which seem to sink into the surrounding beech forest. View Hollyford Valley and the Darran Mountains before entering the Homer Tunnel, and snap photos of majestic Mt Tutoko, Fiordland National Park’s highest and most glaciated peak.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: JUCY Cruise, 26B Shotover Street, Milford Sound New ZealandStep aboard the magnificent three deck Gem of the Sound, and enjoy a scenic cruise along spectacular Milford Sound. Admire towering mountains, vertical cliffs and hanging valleys. Feel the
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Enjoy a two hour cruise traversing the deep waters of Milford Sound, located in Fiordland. Your cruise will take you past St Anne’s lighthouse and out into the Tasman Sea. Informative guides point out scenic highlights along the way, such as the Bowen Falls (dropping 160 metres seaward), Sinbad Gully (a classic example of a hanging valley), snow-capped Mount Pembroke, and the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak itself, towering 1692 metres from the ocean floor.Your 2-hour sightseeing cruise will depart from the Milford Sound Visitor Center.Having a smaller launch (approximately 20 metres) allows your cruise to navigate closer to the shoreline, getting up close to the incredible surroundings. Purpose-built for Milford waters, your boat has great viewing platforms should you encounter the local fur seal colonies – once nearly hunted to extinction, the rare Fiordland crested penguins or pods of dusky dolphins.You will traverse into the deep waters of the Milford Sound and will have a chance to enter Milford Sound from the outside, approaching it just as the first settlers did at the end of the 18th century.With more rainfall than any other part of New Zealand, Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound provide spectacular scenery whatever the weather conditions. Milford Sound is located at the northern most end of Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise
1 hour 45 minutes
Join this tour for an uncrowded boutique small boat cruise on Milford Sound. With limited passenger numbers, comfortable luxury lounge style seating and superb customer service, a memorable experience is guaranteed. The smaller vessel will get you closer to observe the local wildlife like seals, dolphins and penguins in their marine habitat.With more than 40 years combined working experience in Milford Sound your guides guarantee an outstanding experience you will never forget. The boat is surveyed for 150 passengers but your host endeavors to cap numbers at half the capacity for an enhanced viewing experience. Their upper cabin is fitted out with luxury lounge style sofas facing outwards. Relax with complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits and enjoy the skipper’s commentary (English only) while marveling at the breath-taking scenery. The smaller size of the vessel enables you to get closer views of the local wildlife like NZ Fur Seals, dolphins and the very rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.The cruise travels the full length of the fiord. You are guaranteed to come across some photogenic moments to capture and keep forever. Enjoy some complimentary snacks and coffee on board while you're at it!
Half-Day Milford Track Guided Hiking Tour
Experience a morning guided walk to Giants Gate on the world famous Milford Track. From Milford Sound the track is accessed by water taxi and follows the mighty Arthur River through lush, temperate rainforest to Giants Gate, a most photographed and spectacular waterfall. This walk is suitable for all skill levels but you will require some fitness to cover the 11 km.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New ZealandMilford Sound, situated on the west coast of the South Island, is a world-renowned natural wonder with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and amazing wildlife. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Trips & Tramps, Caswell Road, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640 New ZealandExplore Milford Sound and Fiordland Great Walks with the locals. Trips & Tramps offer small group trips with knowledgable, friendly guides. With 30 years experience guiding small groups in Fiordland, they are the best way to travel during your visit.Duration: 10 hoursStop At: Milford Track, Glade Wharf, Fiordland National Park New ZealandExperience 'the finest walk in the world' as you retrace the steps of early explorers on the world-renowed Milford Track. Take a journey along valleys carved by glaciers, wander through ancient rainforests and admire cascading waterfalls.Duration: 10 hoursStop At: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New ZealandFiordland National Park (established in 1952) has spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys, rugged granite tops and pristine mountain to sea vistas.Duration: 10 hours
Sunriser Classic Sea Kayaking Trip from Milford Sound
4 to 5 hours
Pioneered by Rosco back in 1991. A big loop of Milford taking in all the highlights of the inner fiord, including beautiful Lady Bowen Falls. A spectacular paddle suitable for everyone.10km. 3-3.5 hours paddling. Departs Deepwater Basin.Our most popular adventure in summer and winter, this trip takes you on a big loop of Milford Sound, meaning you get to take in all the highlights! With opportunities to spot wildlife and photograph waterfalls, this is an adventure not to be missed. Join us on a spectacular paddle, suitable for everyone. IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?The Sunriser Classic will suit you if: • You relish the chance to explore the fiord by kayak. • You are happy to spend up to 3.5 hours paddling. • You are happy not going the length of the fiord to the sea. • You have reasonable levels of water confidence and physical fitness.Visit our website for more trip information: www.roscosmilfordkayaks.com/Our-Adventures/
Day Safari Sea Kayaking Trip from Te Anau
Start your day with a scenic minibus journey along the magnificent Milford Road with our guide showing you the best spots before connecting with the Sunriser Classic sea kayaking trip.Departs Te Anau: Return transport from Te Anau + Sunriser Classic (10km. 3-3.5 hours paddling.) One of the most awesome and often overlooked features of Milford Sound is the journey to get here. The Milford road passes through some of New Zealand's most stunning and unspoiled mountain scenery. Start your day with a scenic minibus journey along the magnificent Milford Road with our guide showing you the best spots, while you sit back and relax. We'll even pick you up from your accommodation! Once in Milford, you join the Sunriser Classic. Our most popular adventure in summer and winter, this trip takes you on a big loop of Milford Sound, meaning you get to take in all the highlights! With opportunities to spot wildlife and photograph waterfalls, this is an adventure not to be missed.IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?The Day Safari will suit you if: • You'd like to sit back & enjoy the views while someone does the driving for you. • You're excited to paddle the fiord but don't want to miss anything on the way! Visit our website for more trip information: www.roscosmilfordkayaks.com/Our-Adventures/
Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise
An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove.ItineraryDay 1: Overnight in Milford SoundStop At: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New ZealandSpend the evening in the Fiordland National Park aboard the Milford Mariner.Duration: 20 hoursStop At: Real Journeys, Milford Sound Hwy Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound 9846 New ZealandCheck in at the Real Journeys information desk, 20 minutes prior to departure.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New ZealandCruise past the impressive Mitre Peak at the beginning and end of your journey aboard the Mariner.Stop At: Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park New ZealandThe Mariner will sail through Milford Sound, stopping to observe wildlife and for water activities such as kayaking.Duration: 20 hoursMeals included: • Dinner: Enjoy a 3 course buffet dinner.Accommodation included: Spend the evening in your own private cabin.Day 2: Breakfast aboard the Mariner before departureStop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New ZealandSpend the morning cruising leisurely back through Milford Sound to your departure point. Duration: 4 hoursPass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New ZealandCruise past Mitre PeakMeals included: • Breakfast: Cooked and continental breakfast available.No accommodation included on this day.
Scenic Flight Transfer to Queenstown from Milford Sound
Take the scenic route back to Queenstown from Milford Sound with Air Milford, on this one-way 35-minute flight. Admire spectacular views of natural wonders such as the Southern Alps, Sutherland Falls, and the Fiordland National Park from above, then touchdown at Queenstown airport, where a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Milford Sound Airport, Milford Sound 9679, New ZealandMeet your pilot, to board your 35 minuet scenic flight to Queenstown. Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New ZealandThe scenic flight begins by climbing up through the fiord, taking in stunning views of Milford Sound from above.Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New ZealandView the highest peak in Milford Sound, Mitre Peak. It impressively rises directly out of the water of the fiord, to it's summit at 5,560ft / 1,690 meters, which is just over a mile of vertical gain!Pass By: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New ZealandJust after take-off, view the Bowen Falls, it is one of Milford Sound's two permanent waterfalls and at 530ft / 162 meters, is Milford's highest waterfall. After rainfall, there are hundreds of waterfalls to be viewed in the fiord!Pass By: Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park 9679, New ZealandAfter leaving Milford Sound, the flight path first takes in another view of the fiord, before tracing south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland Falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand's highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.Pass By: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New ZealandThe flight path then begins to track east over the Southern Alps and towards Queenstown. New Zeala
Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise
4 hours 30 minutes
See Milford Sound by air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown that includes a round-trip flight and a boat tour through the sound. Save time and enjoy spectacular views as you fly over the breathtaking landscape of Fiordland National Park. Then, land in Milford Sound and board your boat to explore the scenic waterways of this World Heritage–listed region. Experienced naturalists and your pilot share informative commentary about the geology and wildlife of Milford Sound throughout this once-in-a-lifetime journey to one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders.Your tour starts with pickup at your Queenstown hotel and transfer to the airport, where you meet your professional pilot. After a safety briefing, take your seat and set off to Milford Sound, located within the UNESCO World Heritage–listed regions of Te Wahipounamu and Fiordland National Park. Large picture windows allow for optimal viewing throughout your flight as your pilot provides informative details about the terrain below. Marvel at gorgeous mountain landscapes cut with blue waterways, dusted by snow and framed by dramatic clouds and light.After a gentle landing at the airstrip in Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft. Board your boat, which carries a maximum of only 75 people, for a 2.25-hour cruise. The smaller-sized craft (compared to up to 300 passengers, which other Milford Sound cruises accommodate) provides a more intimate experience and allows your captain to get within touching distance of cliffs and waterfalls. You can even taste pure glacier-melt water from the 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls.Expert naturalists aboard your boat share details about the geology of this glacier-carved region and any wildlife that you might see, such as birds, seals, dolphins and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.When booking, you have the option to pre-order a boxed lunch to be served during your cruise (sample menu below); otherwise, purchase a meal or snack from the onboard cafe.