Water activity

Milford Sound: Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

Milford Sound: Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

From US$ 61.02 per person

Discover the wildlife and waterfalls of Milford Sound on a round trip nature cruise by purpose-built catamaran. Marvel at the majesty of Mitre Peak, get up-close to Stirling Falls as you cruise both sides of the fjord.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Discover Milford Sound on a 1-hour 45-minute nature cruise for excellent views of scenery and wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins
  • Feel the full force from the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls
  • Enjoy 360-degree views from the top deck of a purpose-built catamaran for panoramic photo opportunities
  • Choose to add a freshly prepared picnic lunch or bring your own packed lunch
  • Listen to lively and informative commentary on the fiord’s history, geology, and wildlife from your skipper in the open wheelhouse
Full description

Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran in Milford Sound Cruise Terminal and set sail across the water to discover the unique wildlife of one of South Island's most picturesque attractions. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee onboard and pre-purchase a picnic lunch when booking. Journey down the south side of the fjord and out into the Tasman Sea, before returning up the north side of the fjord. Listen to fascinating commentary about the region from your skipper in the open wheelhouse and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by.  Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. Feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls. The staff will roam the vessel available to answer your questions on the history, geology, and wildlife of the fiord along the way.

  • 1Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Picnic lunch (vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options available)
  • Bottle of water
  • Access to top deck
  • Large viewing windows
  • Covered seating area
  • Nature commentary
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Meeting point

    Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls that cascade down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand meters in height
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability
    • Timetables, cruise departures, and vessels may vary. In the interest of your safety, the local operator may cancel any cruise at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or boat maintenance
    • Lunches must be booked at least 24 hours ahead of travel
    • Choose from a regular, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free picnic option that includes a sandwich, cheese and crackers (soup for vegan option), seasonal fresh fruit, crisps, cookie, small chocolate bar, and a bottle of water
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 351 reviews

    Review summary

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    This was a great cruise. The staff were friendly, the boat was lovely and the views were stunning. The driver was very informative and the free coffee and tea kept my husband and I warm while standing on the top deck taking in the views. The food in the picnic lunch was tasty and I loved all the little snacks. If you are taking your kids on the cruise I would definitely recommend getting them a picnic lunch.

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    June 6, 2022

    Had a great experience on our cruise. The guides were all very friendly and made the experience even better. The cruise was absolutely beautiful, and although it was very windy and choppy out on the deck it still felt really safe. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting the South Island!!

    July 11, 2021

    I wanted to tick this off my bucket list for a few years now and I finally got to do it. My husband and I were outside the boat from start to finish, never even saw the inside of the cabin. We were just too in awe of the beauty that is Milford Sounds. Many thanks for making one of my dreams come true.

    May 30, 2021

    Product ID: 63241