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Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise

Get closer, go longer! Why travel to Milford Sound and do anything less than the best.


  • Intimate Milford Sound Experience in a smaller boat with fewer passengers
  • Taste pure glacial water from breathtaking towering waterfalls
  • Take close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins
  • Delve into the history, geology and wildlife of the Fiord
  • The longest cruise in Milford Sound at 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Specialist nature guides sharing local knowledge with lively informative commentary

Join Southern Discoveries for the ultimate Milford Sound Cruise experience!

Explore Milford with other like minded individuals and our talented nature guides on a 2 hour and 15 minute nature cruise.

Drink pure glacial water straight from Fairy Falls, experience the full force of Stirling Falls as it pounds onto the front deck (or you) while exploring all the nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord from our luxurious small boat.

Take in close up views of seals, birds and a multitude of wildlife, including dolphins riding the bow wave, and the world's rarest penguin - the Fiordland crested penguin.

Being on-board a smaller boat gets you closer and gives you a greater appreciation for the scale and grandeur of Milford Sound's rugged cliff faces rising hundreds of metres from the ocean. Benefit from the knowledge of the skipper and expert guides on hand to ensure you don't miss a thing.

Complimentary tea and coffee is provided and you can pre-order delicious lunch options as you complete your booking process.

Adult - 9.30am $95.00
Adult - 2.45pm $95.00
Adult - 9.45am $75.00
Adult 12.15pm $99.00
Child $30.00

What's included

  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Raincoats provided on board so you can stand on the bow under tumbling waterfalls
  • Purpose built catamaran with large viewing windows and covered seating areas


  • Cruise duration: 2 hours - 2 hours 15 minutes

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Car parking in Milford Sound costs $10 per hour and there are a limited number of free car parks plus a complimentary shuttle service available in the Park & Ride area just outside of Milford Sound in Deepwater Basin. If you choose to self-drive, we recommend arriving into Milford Sound at least one hour prior to your scheduled cruise departure to allow sufficient time to find a car park and make your way to the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal. For further information about car parking, please visit milfordsoundtourism.nz

    Product extras: Available to book upon reaching checkout.

  • Picnic lunch option at $25 per adult/child
  • Please note:

    Child age is to 5-14 years, infants 0-4 years carried free of charge.

    Child must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult on all cruises

    Maximum two children per adult

    Not valid in conjunction with any other special offers or discounts

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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JT from United Kingdom wrote on 26 February 2020


Awesome experience despite the rainy weather - we went on this trip just about a day before the whole area got locked down due to floods. Visibility wasn't great, however, the crew kept us positive and told that this was still a special day to come as there are barely ever this many waterfalls visible at Milford Sound. And we couldn't agree more, it was just amazing! Despite the limited views this was one of the most wonderful places we've ever been to. The whole crew were great and commentary throughout the trip was interesting and funny, very entertaining! Would definitely come back again and try the same cruise -maybe on a sunny day next time. Keep up the great vibe and thanks for the experience!

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John from Netherlands wrote on 24 February 2020

Amazing, stunning, awesome

Despite the "bad" weather (a lot of rain), or maybe because the rain, we had an amazing experience. We saw thousands of waterfalls, some small, some mighty! Despite the rain it was possible to make a lot of photographs and stand dry. The day after our visit the roads got closed because of floodings and manage. Do we were very lucky...

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Vicki from Australia wrote on 23 February 2020

excellent value

We were lucky enough to take our cruise after good rainfall, so the rocks were covered with waterfalls. I enjoyed this cruise so much more than the one I had been on 8 years earlier; the smaller boat got in a lot closer, the commentary was excellent and it all felt a lot more personal. I would highly recommend this cruise over any of the others

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deepikaf from New Zealand wrote on 19 February 2020


The tour was long and fun. We were able to see Sea Lions, have a bath under some of the waterfalls and cruise to the open Tasman sea. Def recommend 100% to anyone who is planning a trip to M.Sound

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Emory from United Kingdom wrote on 07 February 2020

Easy Going

It’s always worth visiting this amazing corner of NZ if you can manage it. The drive to the Sound alone is worth the ticket price. If only they had smaller boats to take you out on the Sounds so you can get a more personal experience as the clamour to get a good seat and view on the larger boats does detract somewhat from the overall experience. That aside the guide was full of great insight and knowledge as to the geology, history and natural environment of the area. We got extremely lucky as some dolphins were milling about the Sounds on our way out - that’s a touch of magic you hope.

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