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Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Milford Overnight Cruise in magical fiordland aboard the Milford Mariner

Price: Adults $699 pp
Price: Child $349 pp
Tour departs: Daily
Season Mid September to February 28 th
Cruise duration:  One night 

The journey to Milford Sound is just as spectacular as the destination itself. Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours (one-way) from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau by road.

.This overnight trip through the heart of Fiordland offers breathtaking scenery and the ultimate Milford Sound experience.

Departing late afternoon, you will embark from the Milford Sound wharf before cruising through Milford Sound with our specialist nature guide. They will describe the area’s history and geology and will be on hand to answer your questions.

This relaxing cruise style offers ample time to explore the fiord’s stunning waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and wildlife — seals, dolphins, and perhaps even penguins.

The Milford Mariner anchors in a sheltered cove overnight. From here, you can board the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) or kayaks and explore with the guide waterfalls, local marine mammals, and birdlife up close and in their natural habitat. . You can sit on the deck and take in the breathtaking scenery. There’s always the option of a refreshing swim if you feel courageous. All activities are contingent on the weather.

As night comes, you will enjoy a delectable carvery buffet in the dining saloon, freshly cooked by our on-site chef. Then, it is time to unwind in the company of fellow passengers, engage in stargazing and storytelling, later retiring to your cabin.

The following morning, after a delicious breakfast, you will (weather allowing) return to the Tasman Sea and explore more of the fiord and its numerous waterfalls.

Accommodation Onboard the Milford Mariner

Dining Onboard the Milford Mariner

Things you need to know:

The duration of the excursion is one night
Onboard the Milford Mariner (which sleeps 64):
Individual cottages with private bathrooms (twin, double or single occupancy)
Buffet supper with three courses, including appetisers, soups, salads, hot meals, and desserts and cheeses (vegetarian options available)
A complete breakfast buffet with cooked and continental options is available.
A licenced bar is open on board. Due to our isolated location, we can only accept cash payments.
Included are kayaking and tender boat (small boat) activities.

Further Information:

Provided with duvets, linens, and towels
All ages are welcome, except for infants in quad-share accommodations.
Complimentary tea and coffee are available.

Departure Times:
The journey departs the Milford Sound Terminal at 4.30 p.m. and returns the following morning at 9.15 a.m.
Overnight Cruise guests can park for free in the RealNZ Bus Parking.
You must check in at the RealNZ counter thirty minutes before departure.

What to Bring:

Only one carry-on bag is recommended for passenger convenience and for safety reasons.  Don’t forget the following:

  • Non-slip walking shoes/boots 
  • Waterproof jacket *
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Change of clothes *
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent *
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Camera
  • Cash for bar and snacks
  • Personal medication including for asthma and allergies

* Essential items if you are doing any water activities.

About the Milford Mariner

The Milford Mariner is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords

  • Sleeps 64
  • Private cabins with ensuites (twin or double bed configuration)
  • Limited quad-share bunk-style compartments with ensuites (Call to book)
  • Spacious viewing decks and observation lounge
  • Dining saloon and licensed bar
  • Carries 30 kayaks and 2 tender craft onboard


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