Scenic journey of Milford Sound Cruises

Enjoy the beauty of New Zealand in the heart of Fiordland National Park. With breathtaking backdrops this small piece of ecstasy, seems too good to be true. Misty mountain tops, milky waterfalls gushing to meet the blue waters, beautiful sea creatures flaunting their swimming skills, fresh breeze blowing right at your face… Milford Sound is nature at its best. Lush green forests that house exotic animals and pretty birds are a sight that will leave you spellbound.. And what could be a better way to witness this paradise right in front of your eyes? Sail through this emerald sea for the experience of a lifetime. Explore the hidden natural wonders and make some new friends from the underwater world. Once on the cruise, you will wish for it to never end.

Departure

Queenstown Visitor Centre, 110 Beach Street, St Omers Wharf, Queenstown

 

Timings

The first cruise departs at 8.45 am. However, cruises leave the shore at an interval of 30 minutes, but it also depends on which cruise you are planning to take. There are day cruises as well as midnight cruises, depending on your preferences.

 

Duration

It takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours to reach Milford Sound from Queenstown.

 

Cruises 

Some major cruises that depart from Queenstown include: -

  • Jucy Cruise - Milford Sound Cruise
  • Eco Tours Fiordland - Milford Sound Cruise
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Milford Sound Coach
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise

 

There are kayaks and other cruises available. It is advisable to book a ticket prior so as to grab the best deals and discounts. 

 

Highlights 

  • Get a chance to soak in the beauty of nature sailing on a catamaran
  • Get plenty of photo opportunities
  • Spot some beautiful, furry seals lazing on boulders
  • Sailing towards Milford Sound, you may get a chance to witness the giant creature of the sea world, whales. 
  • Spot the acrobats of the sea world, dusky and bottlenose dolphins, flaunting their skills to the human audience
  • Witness the panoramic scenic views of Milford Sound 
  • So that you do not miss anything, there is a live commentary available that signifies important places and sights. These commentaries are available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese
  • A written booklet is also available in Chinese, German, French, Thai, Spanish, Korean and Japanese
  • Rejuvenate in luxury lounges that feature full-height glass windows
  • Enjoy a scrumptious meal with a vast menu to choose from while you can sip on some drinks
  • Get free tea and coffee during your cruise journey
  • Get a chance to trail nature’s best with an experienced crew and hospitality

 

Price

The cost of the cruise varies depending on what all you want to include in your package i.e. meals, hotel pickups, underwater observatory, luxury coaches, etc. and which cruise you plan to get on. However, the standard cost of sailing to Milford Sound cruise is: -

Adult: - $81.00 to $117.00

Child: - $30.00 (14 years and under)

 

Recommended for

It is a rare opportunity that you may get a chance to experience the beauty of nature up close.  Sailing deep into the heart of Fiordland National park is an overwhelming experience. The sight of beautiful mountains blessed with a green carpet, shining blue waters and the smell of the sea is enchanting and will fill you with tranquility.

 

About Milford Sound Cruises

Milford Sound Cruises are spacious and modern vessels that offer wonderful viewing opportunities. Taking a cruise gives you a chance to enjoy the spectacular journey and admire the towering mountains, majestic waterfalls, steep cliffs and hanging valleys. Get a chance to be up close with beautiful creatures of the water world like furry seals and dolphins that come to pay a visit to its admirers. 

 

The cruises come with spacious indoor viewing decks as well as top floor decks that provide panoramic 360-degree views. If you feel like a little treat, head to the eatery to eat some delicious international cuisines or simply just treat yourself with some warm chocolate cookies and vanilla ice cream. If you feel like calming your nerves a bit from all the excitement, you can head to the bar to sample some brews or a tall glass of wine. Getting closer and closer to Milford Sound, the scenery gets better and better. New sights come along the way that will leave you spellbound. And as said, you will be urged to take out your camera and would want to capture plenty of memories, in the form of nature, wildlife and selfies.  

 

Admire the melody of cascading waterfalls that gushes and meets the blue waters. Feel the ‘Happy Feet’ vibe once you get an opportunity to spot the rare Fiordland crested penguins, playing and flapping their flippers. Before you get too lost into this serene beauty, pay attention when the guide tells you about the fascinating history and cultures of New Zealand, stories of Maori legends and the interesting facts about the flora, fauna and the playful creatures.

 

Things to keep in mind

  • Make sure you wear trekking shoes with a good grip. Carry a waterproof jacket and a warm sweater
  • It is advisable to carry sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses and a camera
  • All the water vessels are licensed to serve a range of beverages and meals
  • No vessel permits smoking 
  • There are wheel-chairs available on the cruise
  • People from all age groups can enjoy a cruise to Milford Sound
  • Special guides provide English commentaries so that you do not miss out on anything
  • Make sure you visit the Milford Sound Discovery Center (underground observatory). It costs extra but is worth every penny
  • You can witness incredible views from indoor as well as outdoor decks
  • Most cruises serve complimentary tea and coffee
  • You can purchase snacks directly when onboard
  • The cruises are family-friendly
  • The cruises have largely covered seating areas on its each deck
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