Fiordland & Milford Sound

Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise
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From US$78.57

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Escape the crowds on a Milford Sound cruise aboard a spacious boat with a limited number of passengers. Get up-close views of New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and Fiordland-crested penguins from the luxury lounge in the upper cabin, where you can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits as you listen to the skipper’s narration. This boutique vessel provides a superior experience with unforgettable memories of highlights like Mitre Peak.
  • Milford Sound sightseeing cruise on a boutique vessel
  • Enjoy luxury lounge-style seating in the cabin
  • Hear live commentary from the skipper
  • Sip hot drinks and search for wildlife
  • Snap photos of Mitre Peak and waterfalls

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This Milford Sound cruise uses a smaller less-crowded boat than most tours, so you can get closer to wildlife.

What's Included

  • Complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits on-board all sailings
  • No food sold on-board the cruise
  • Parking fee- $10 per hour (Payment can be made at the parking stations on site with card only).

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cruise Milford
    1 Milford Sound Highway, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

    Cruise Departure Point: Cruise Milford NZ counter(second counter on the left) Address: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound, Fiordland Paid Car park-10 minute walk/free car park-40 minute walk to the Milford Sound Terminal Dates: Every day of the year (excluding Christmas Day: 25 December)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Milford Sound (Pass By)

Mitre Peak (Pass By)

Cruise Milford (Pass By)

Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please feel free to bring your own food and drinks on-board the cruise.
  • Please note proof of age for children is required upon check-in at Milford Sound.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For any extra information regarding the drive, transport or the cruise please contact us via phone or email.
  • The main car park at Milford Sound costs $25 for 5hrs. Payment can be made at payment stations on site. This Car park area is approximately a 10 minute walk to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal building.
  • Free car park is available on the corner of Milford Road and Deepwater basin, the walk from here to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal building will take approximately 40min.
  • Disability Parking can be found outside the main Milford Sound Visitor Terminal and is wheelchair accessible.
  • Office hours for bookings assistance: 8am to 8pm
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The amazing scenery and the wonderful and friendly staff. Our cruise experience was truly a memorable one


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Road Trip amazing
Jennifer_F, Sept 2023
The drive to the Sound was amazing. Unfortunately the road was closed and we where unable to take the cruise. The company contacted us to make another time but we unfortunately were unable to make it. We were promptly give a credit on our trip. But enjoyed the drive. Will try again another time to finish the trip to the sound. Thank you for your hard work contacting us
Khairulanwar_M, Sept 2023
Witnessing the marine life during the cruise tour. Not forgetting the waterfall too. The crew were friendly, helpful and the guide was very informative.
Family fun
Leon_C, Sept 2023
Great experience for the family to explore this area the drive was amazing to drop by some photo point next time will stay overnight rather make a day trip though
Deceptive advertising
Richard_F, Sept 2023
The boat we travelled on was nothing like the one in the advertisement. I specifically booked this company so that we would enjoy the small boat experience. The vessel was just like the commuter ferry catamarans that you see on many harbours. Crew were fine and service ok but nippy what I was expecting.
Great Cruise experience, marred by a misrepresentation of Currency advertised vs Actual charged.
Eric_B, Sept 2023
We (family of 4) booked the Cruise in NZ being NZ residents for the price advertised $78.66 (assumed in NZ $), which seemed reasonable. However (while we had a great experience), were not happy with the total cost that was charged in US $, as the Interim Confirmation (snap 3) showed $314.64 and we assumed it was NZ $). We ended up paying $542.71 (i.e. an extra NZ $228.07). Can we get a refund of this amount?
Kate_G, Sept 2023
Great staff, awesome sized boat with plenty of space for views up close to the waterfalls and animals sighted…and we were spoiled by an absolute spectacular day with the weather!
Magical experience
Natasha_K, Aug 2023
It was truely magical ✨ It has been in my bucket list for a long time and it didn’t disappoint! From booking to boarding it was easy and the staff were so friendly and informative
Stunning part of New Zealand
Judy_C, Aug 2023
Brad the Captain was a super awesome guy, my husband and I really liked his commentary and general chit chat, great cruise around Milford Sound 👍🤙
Great trip
Tania_W, Aug 2023
Great trip on Milford Sound. The commentary was really informative and the scenery breathtaking. All the crew were great, really pleasant and helpful. We saw penguins and seals as well as waterfalls.
Great way to explore the spectacular Sound
Michael_c, Jul 2023
Informative ride with up-close views of the beauty that abounds in Milford Sound. Captain and crew very friendly. Had booked with major competitor that sent email about schedule change due to weather but then sent boat off at regular time. So don’t miss the boat— and go with Milford Cruise for a really great experience.
Best cruise at Milford Sound
Damien_D, Jul 2023
An amazing experience with only max 20 people on the cruise. You weren’t crowded on any of the windows or outdoor viewing decks. The staff were very knowledgeable and the smaller boat allows you to get closer to the action.
Jonathan_D, Jul 2023
The best views in the world!! Very much worth it! Really friendly staff too. Went with a friend and we had the best time
The amazing scenery and...
Francine, Jul 2023
The amazing scenery and the wonderful and friendly staff. Our cruise experience was truly a memorable one
Tripti_J, Jul 2023
Wonderful experience. The crew was highly professional and skilled. Excellent commentary . Took close to waterfalls …u actually get water on you!! Free tea and coffee and bikis!! Highly recommended!!
Maria_I, Jul 2023
Very small and intimate group! The crew helped us spot wildlife, like an albatross amd dolphins. Note, we went when it was sunny. The captain/tour guide was really knowledgeable and cheeky. Loved the free hot drinks and biscuits provided to warm us up. Definitely happy we went with this company as it wasn't crowded or super busy. No fighting for photo spots, etc... A must do tour if you are in the region.
Would recommend
Kristen_F, Jun 2023
Absolutely beautiful area. The cruise took us up and down both sides of the lake all the way to the sea. We saw a seal and a pod of dolphins. Due to rainfall there were at least a dozen waterfalls flowing. Breathtaking.
Amazing tour!
Yuan_Z, Jun 2023
Amazing! The crew taking us out was very lovely. The cruise also provided tea, coffee and biscuits free of charge. We got very close to the cliff face as well as the waterfall. We went in late June and it was freezing so definitely bring warm jackets.
Beautiful Milford sound
CHUNGYI_N, Jun 2023
Milford sound is a beautiful place. The day we visited was a sunny day. We enjoyed the clear view. We also saw dolphins and one fur seal. We really enjoyed the cruise.
Assistant staff in cruise was not friendly
Anil_A, Jun 2023
Not good staff member specially the assistant looks like she was there just to make the hour , I try to ask about dolphins but her response was not friendly
Great Cruise!
Richard_O, Jun 2023
Great crew and commentary. Had an amazing time whilst seeing dolphins and getting up close and personal with the waterfalls. Highly recommended!

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