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Milford Sound Scenic or Encounter Nature Cruise
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Milford Sound resides at the heart of Fiordland National Park—a World Heritage Site. Encounter incredible scenery, including Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls, while cruising the clear waters of the fjord.
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Scenic Cruise:
Part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site, Milford Sound is actually a fjord, running 9.3 miles (15 km) inland from the Tasman Sea and surrounded by sheer cliffs rising as high as 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Lush rainforests cling precariously to these cliffs, and penguins, seals, and dolphins swim the waters. Listen to the captain's colorful commentary about the region while cruising through this untamed landscape only accessible by boat, air, or tramping (as hiking is called in New Zealand).

Encounter Cruise:
For a more intimate Milford Sound experience, select the “Encounter Cruise” when booking. It includes an extra half-hour of cruising in a smaller but luxurious craft that allows you to get up close to the sound’s tranquil scenery. Cruise directly underneath powerful waterfalls and listen to an “encounter nature cruise guide” answer questions and describe the fascinating history, geology, and natural flora and fauna of Milford Sound.

Inclusions :
  • Milford Sound Scenic or Encounter Cruise
  • Tour narration

Scenic Cruise: 1 3/4 hours
Encounter Cruise: 2 1/4 hours


Departure time and location:
Oct. 1–April 30:
Scenic Cruise: 10 AM, 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM
Encounter Cruise: 1 PM and 3:45 PM
May 1–Sept. 30:
Scenic Cruise: 11 AM and 1:30 PM
Encounter Cruise: 1 PM and 3:45 PM
From Milford Wharf, located along Milford Sound (see note)

Milford Sound is located approximately two hours from Queenstown; please plan accordingly to ensure an on-time arrival to your cruise. A full-service, fully-licensed café is available onboard the ship; the cost of food and beverages is not included in the tours.

Redemption instructions

After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

Exchange your voucher for activity:
Reservation confirmation is required. Please contact Milford Sound Red Boat Cruises at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to take the cruise. On the day of your cruise, please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Present your voucher(s) and photo identification at the Milford Sound Red Boat Cruises desk at the Milford Wharf.