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Overnight Milford Sound Cruise Aboard the Milford Mariner

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Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night
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  • Set off on the 'once in a lifetime' experience cruise
  • Appreciate Milforrd Sounds bewitching beauty at night
  • Enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner and a hearty breakast
  • Pickup and drop off services for centrally located Queenstown hotels

Discover the spectacular Milford Sound with the Milford Mariner overnight cruise on this excursion from Queenstown.

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound is a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. Sheer cliffs, beautiful waterfalls and towering peaks- a nature cruise in Milford Sound is truly a memorable experience.

The World Heritage Site Milford Sound lies in Fiordland National Park and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of New Zealand. This stunningly beautiful fiord has been carved out by glaciers, and a cruise here offers incredible views of Mitre Peak, waterfalls and rainforest clinging to rocky cliffs.

As the shadows lengthen Milford Sound takes on an almost ethereal quality. This overnight cruise is the only way to truly appreciate its bewitching beauty at night.


Day 1: Queenstown- Milford Sound

You will be picked up from your hotel in Queenstown and taken in a luxury glass-roofed air-conditioned coach for an overnight cruise in the stunningly beautiful Milford Sound. The journey from Queenstown to Milford takes about 5 hours.

Enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary in English only (interpretative hand-outs will also be handed out in French, German and Spanish). Stop in Te Anau for a short break and to purchase lunch (payable direct) before the excursion continues along the spectacular Milford Road.

The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is New Zealand’s remotest highway providing access to spectacular mountain valleys. The alpine views are breathtaking and a highlight of any visit to Milford Sound. There will be photo stops and short walks along the way.

Arrive at Milford Sound.

Board the Milford Mariner for a scenic overnight cruise of the full length of Milford Sound.

Designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage, the Milford Mariner has been custom-built to accommodate private cabins with ensuite bathrooms. It has a spacious dining saloon, observation lounge and large open deck areas, providing excellent viewing opportunities of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A comprehensive commentary is presented throughout the cruise.

Departing from the Milford Wharf, the Milford Mariner cruises the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The fiord is flanked by sheer cliffs, and dominated by the towering Mitre Peak. You can also see Anita Bay, Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls from your vessel.

The vessel explores in a leisurely way many points of interest, with an experienced nature guide on board.

Keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks. There is plenty of time for you to go exploring in the kayaks and tender craft and relax on deck.

After reaching the open sea, and as the shadows deepen the Milford Mariner returns under sail (weather permitting) to Harrison Cove for the night.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres followed by a delicious four-course buffet in the cosy Dining Salon of the vessel and listen to the sounds of the night. Beverages are sold at the licensed, on board bar. (Vegetarian options are available, and must be stated at the time of booking.)

Overnight on the Milford Mariner . Day 2: Depart Milford Sound – Arrive in Queenstown

After a hearty cooked breakfast on board the vessel the next morning, there is further cruising before returning to the Milford Wharf.

The Milford Mariner will again return to the disembarkation area. Board your coach once more for the return journey home. If you have chosen the flight option, you will be taken to the airport to catch your return flight to Queens town.

Arrive in Queens town where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Return time for Cruise option: It arrives Queens town on day 2 at 03:30pm.

Return time for Cruise + fly option: It arrives Queens town on day 2 at 11:40am.

Please note
The tour departs is available from three locations: Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford
Vegetarian options are available; please advise if required at the time of booking
Luggage is restricted to one overnight bag per person. Limited lock-up storage facilities are available at Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

  • Experienced English-speaking nature guide providing comprehensive commentary onboard
  • Interpretation handouts are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai
  • Three-course A’la Carte dinner on Day 1, Breakfast on Day 2
  • 1 night’s accommodation on the Milford Wanderer in a private room with ensuite bathroom
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillow and towel on board
  • Kayak and tender craft rides in Milford Sound
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound as per option chosen
  • Lunch
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
01 Oct - 30 Apr: Daily
2 Days/ 1 Night
Start time
Queenstown: 0830h (08:30am)
Te Anau: 1245h (12:45pm)
Milford:1630h (4:30pm)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Queenstown/Te Anau/Milford(Please mention your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
Your hotel in Queenstown/ Te Anau/ Milford
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Additional information
Dinner includes hors d'oeuvres followed by a four-course meal
Breakfast includes a choice of cooked and continental dishes
All meals are served in the Dining Salon
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
Dos & Don'ts
Bring comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm sweater or fleece jacket, a change of clothes, swimwear optional, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera

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