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Milford Sound: Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

Activity provider: Pure Milford

Milford Sound: Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

Activity provider: Pure Milford

From US$ 70.74 per person

Enjoy an uncrowded and hassle-free cruise on the magnificent Milford Sound, taking in the stunning views as you go. Benefit from a premium vessel specifically designed to capture the beauty of the fiord with unique glass-roof and spacious viewing decks.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • See everything around you aboard a premium glass-roof catamaran
  • Get up close to nature with spacious outdoor viewing decks
  • Marvel at wildlife and find out how Captain Cook missed Milford Sound
  • Learn all about the fiord from your experienced skipper's engaging commentary
  • Relax in comfortable booth seating with stylish decor and great meal options
Full description

Climb aboard 'Gem of the Sound', the newest vessel to cruise in the fiord, for a Milford Sound nature cruise. Capture the best views of the incredible fiord with three-levels of indoor and outdoor seating, unique glass roofs, and large viewing decks. Be welcomed on board by a friendly crew and marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth. Relax in the comfortable booth seating with stylish decor and ambient lighting. High-definition cameras project outdoor footage live onto TV screens throughout the vessel - so no matter where are, you won't miss a thing. Admire New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks and feel the spray of cascading waterfalls. Look out for playful dolphins and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Travel the length of the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, to see why Captain Cook failed to discover Milford Sound after charting the Fiordland National Park.

  • Scenic cruise on a premium glass-roof catamaran
  • Glass-roof ceilings and large windows for unlimited viewing
  • HD cameras projecting live outdoor footage live onto TV screens
  • Spacious outdoor viewing decks
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Live commentary
  • Experienced skippers and guides
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Meals

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Wheelchair accessible on lower deck only, accessible toilet facilities on lower deck, no wheelchair lift on board.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 191 reviews

Review summary

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Great way to see Milford sound. The staff were great. They were knowledgeable about the area and the animals and gave an in depth safety brief. We wereable to stop at certain areas of the sounds to look at seals, dolphins and feel the intensity of nearby waterfalls. It can get windy so bring warm clothes to take off the chill. Recommend to do the first session of the day as getting to and from the sound is busy on the roads and parking is limited, an early start to avoid these. Free parking is available if you are willing to walk 15 mins to the harbour.

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January 18, 2023

be prepared to pay $25 ontop of tour cost as this is not included and there are no other options if you are self driving trip. facilities on boat were great clean and hot drink complimentary option was great. Anna ? guide was very informative, knowledgeable, friendly and engaged with as many as were interested. Proffesional and would definitely recommend them,

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January 7, 2023

. Quality vessel with the most breathtaking views of magnificent mountain, waterfalls and literally scenery you would see in the movies. We got to see penguins and seals. The only thing I would mention is that the commentary seemed to be prerecorded by a man whom we struggled to understand at times. Another man would also speak and point out the penguins and seals and he was perfect, loud and clear. Kind of ruined hearing the history side of things but it was minor :)

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November 9, 2022

Product ID: 188550