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Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience

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Cruise New Zealand’s Milford Sound in a boutique-style boat that limits passengers and enjoy the extra space as you scan for the fiord’s New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland-crested penguins. Sip hot drinks in the lounge or head to the outside deck to see passing waterfalls and dramatic cliffs. This cruise travels the entire Milford Sound, ensuring gorgeous scenery all the way from Freshwater Basin to the Tasman Sea.
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Ages 0-99, max of 75 per group
Duration: 1h 45m
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Highlights
  • Escape the crowds on this smaller boat that prioritizes guest space
  • See native New Zealand wildlife from viewing windows and open decks
  • Luxury lounge with ocean-facing sofas and snacks
  • Listen to live narration from the skipper
  • Multiple departures daily for flexible scheduling

  • Complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits on-board all sailings
What's not included
  • 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).

Make your way to the visitor terminal in Milford Sound before your scheduled departure time to check in for your cruise. Board a spacious boat that only books to half capacity to allow for the best experience. Climb to an upper cabin with water-facing sofas, and help yourself to coffee, tea, and biscuits, while listening to live commentary from the skipper. Smaller than some cruise boats, the maneuverable vessel can get you even closer to the wildlife you may spot along the way, from New Zealand fur seals to the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Cruise all the way to the end of Milford Sound, where the fiord opens up onto the Tasman Sea, with expansive views throughout your time on the water. This cruise concludes at the original departure point.

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  • 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:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21377P1

    • 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.
    • Most travellers 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience?
    Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience price starts from $153.67. Discover and book Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience on Tripadvisor
    What is the Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience cancellation policy?
    Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience on Tripadvisor
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    How much time do I need for Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 45m. Discover and book Cruise Milford NZ Small Boutique Cruise Experience on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21377P1

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    • You'll start at
      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)
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    • Pass by
      Milford Sound
      Cruise Milford
      Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Cruise Milford
      2,154
      New Zealand
      Joined in February 2014
    • krystalb759
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unforgettable Adventure: Cruise Milford Delivers Spectacular Views and Exceptional Service
      Cruise Milford exceeded all expectations! The scenic two-hour drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. Boarding was smooth, and the crew's expertise and hospitality made the experience even more enjoyable. The sights along Milford Sound were breathtaking, with towering cliffs and stunning waterfalls around every corner. Wildlife sightings added to the magic of the journey. I highly recommend Cruise Milford to anyone seeking an unforgettable exploration of nature's wonders.
      Written 9 February 2024
    • Hoff84
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend this cruise company!
      We liked being on a smaller boat with less than 20 people on our cruise. We appreciated the complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. The captain did a great job pointing out the sites and sharing information about the Milford Sound. We were glad we took a morning sailing due to the position of the sun. The scenery was awesome and we were fortunate to have the sun come out during our cruise.
      Written 4 February 2024
    • Bushy23kl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unmissable
      Fabulous scenery, perfect size boat, informative and amusing commentary. It was raining heavily when we arrived and we doubted whether it would be any good. But in practice the rain fed spectacular waterfalls and we still got great views of towering peaks in moody settings.
      Written 27 January 2024
    • kimnR6891YS
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing cruise of the Milford Sound!
      The cruise was amazing. The captain was great and his commentary he provided was very informative. I loved the smallness of the boat as it allowed us to go close to the waterfalls. They don’t crowd the boat so there is lots of room and plenty of seats. I would highly recommend this cruise.
      Written 24 January 2024
    • chrishX9483AW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant experience
      What a great trip, the weather came out for us so we had sunshine, if you drive don’t worry too much what it’s like on the way as the two sides of the mountain have totally different weather. The commentary was informative and at just the right level. The boat was busy but not crammed so you could easily move about. Definitely recommend
      Written 22 January 2024
    • N5796AWmicheller
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      Did this cruise on a stormy day after lots of rain and it was amazing ! Hundreds of waterfalls ! The boat wasn't able to get out to sea because of the swell but this didn't detract from the experience.
      Written 19 January 2024
    • BuzzieFamily
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The perfect way to cruise Milford Sound
      Milford Sound is a gem and this cruise captured the beauty and majesty very well indeed. The cruise is advertised as 1:45 and it was every minute of that, pretty much an ideal duration—from the dock in Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea and back. We chose this cruise of the many available because it’s a smaller boat and much less crowded, and it was a good choice. One of us was on crutches and everyone involved went out of their way to make this as smooth as possible for her. Even the free biscuits and tea were good!
      Written 15 January 2024
    • 61ellebee
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant Steve, our host.
      This was the perfect way to join an organised tour of the area around and on Milford Sound. Steve, our driver and guide, was knowledgeable and extremely personable, making the day very special for everyone on board. He was the star of the day. We saw stunning waterfalls (having had torrential rain) aboard the boat. The boat trip itself was really only part of the whole day. Just doing that without the trip up and back with Steve, would have been interesting but not that memorable. The day is governed by weather. We didn’t have sun, but nevertheless it was a good day trip.
      Written 14 January 2024
    • Megan M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Milford cruise
      Wonderful cruise. Scenic and informative. Excellent afternoon without the crowds as cruise is not packed to full capacity. Plenty of room to move around.
      Written 8 January 2024
    • JMust
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pure scenic beauty
      Such beautiful scenery and plenty of space on the boat. Sand flys are a bit of a pain and wish we had been told to cover up before the trip.
      Written 5 January 2024
    • KAKlaas
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good stuff
      Skipper was amazing. He created a great experience with additional history about the sound. We were up and close to some beautiful falls and plants. Highly recommend.
      Written 31 December 2023
    • Navigator38710048455
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect small cruise
      Perfect for families. We took our 2 year old toddler on and she loved it, felt very safe too. Coffee, tea and biscuits available. Small cruise doesn’t get over crowded with people.
      Written 20 December 2023
    • Globetrotter0000000
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great trip with a local family run boat
      Great trip despite the weather. The team were really friendly, answering lots of questions in addition to the captains information which he gave at all the key points. Complementary hot drinks and biscuits were also great. All
      Written 19 December 2023
    • p0gal
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Breathtaking and magical ride.
      If you only had time to do one cruise ? I would do the Milford sound with Cruise Milford . Wonderful service and great commentary. The smaller boat able to manoeuvre under waterfalls easily and the fact that they only allow max half capacity per tour ensures you have ample room to move around and get good photo shots of the breathtaking magical scenery unfolding before you .
      Written 19 December 2023
    • Paradise56461802513
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day at Milford - Excellent guiding
      Excellent day out of Te Anau to Milford Sound. Jonathan was a great driver/guide and very knowledgeable. He makes everyone comfortable. We had a full day programme, but no stress at all. The drive is magnificent, also thanks to the various stop and walks in the forests or at the lakes. The cruise was great, about 2 hours and very impressive. A highlight of our trip to NZ.
      Written 3 December 2023
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    Steven
    Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    The boat (Milford Adventurer) was small enough to feel like a more intimate experience, but also very stable on the water (although we only experienced mild chop on the day we were there). The number of people on board meant that everyone was free to move around to any side of the boat at any time during the cruise.
    The young skipper did a great job of manoeuvring the boat right up to a couple of waterfalls for close viewing, as well as an informative commentary (which was at times a bit hard to hear over the... boat noises).
    Tea, coffee, biscuits and toilet on board made for a comfortable experience.
    The only thing I think perhaps could have been better would be if the safety briefing had taken place clearly before we launched. It was hard to hear once we were underway, and felt like a bit of a formality.
    All in all, recommended!
    Written 5 January 2020
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    Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you've enjoyed your time at Milford Sound with us. We are the only company at Milford Sound to limit passenger numbers to 50% of the boats capacity to offer an uncrowded and much more personal experience.
    Written 11 March 2021
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    Cheryl P
    Perth, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Couples
    Spent a wild and wet 2 hour cruise on Milford Sound yesterday with these guys. A bleak day by all accounts but when you sail in these places you need to accept it for what it brings. Cascades of waterfalls from the rain and moving mists made it truly amazing. These are conditions that continue to forge these places. Brutal, harsh & unforgiving. Felt privileged to be there as nature turned on its show. Great cruise guys. Recommend it to anyone who has a spirit of adventure and doesn’t mind getting a little bit wet.
    Written 21 March 2020
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    We loved reading your review, thank you so much. It sounds like Mother Nature put on a great show for you. The weather in Fiordland is unpredictable and we certainly appreciate your sense of adventure. We always offer a second cruise free of charge so please do let us know if you are planning on coming back one day. You will be amazed how different Milford Sound looks on a sunny day. All the best!
    Written 24 November 2020
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    Warren S
    Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We were blessed with pristine weather and had a boat and crew to match! Hamish (the skipper) was informative and entertaining, the boat was not overcrowded and facilities were clean and adequate. If you are doing this I would recommend that you take a packed lunch or snack as the cruise only provides tea, coffee and biscuits. An excursion well worth the spend.
    Written 19 January 2020
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    Thank you for your kind review.
    Written 26 January 2021
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    Tom
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    Right from being picked up at our hotel it was clear that Jono, our coach driver and guide, was both professional and knowledgeable. His commentary was lively, humorous, interesting and informative. The journey to Milford Sound took in stops not undertaken by other companies. The boat trip was out of this world and again the captain gave a lively and informative commentary. The boat was new and had all the necessary facilities and refreshments. The captain welcomed all into the wheelhouse and was happy to answer all questions. Our special thanks to Jono for the professional way in which he handled the situation on the return journey when we were delayed for three hours as the road tunnel was temporarily closed due to a fire. We had the bonus of an extra visit back to the jetty and some further walks in the area before we were able to return. Jono gave us information and kept us fully up to date on what was happening. I have no hesitation in recommending that you book your Milford experience with this company. - Tom
    Written 23 January 2020
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    Hi Tom, Thank you so much for your kind review and for choosing our small family business for your Milford Sound experience. Jono is an absolute gem and we are so lucky to have him share his passion for this beautiful place with our guests. We are very happy to hear you've enjoyed your day with him (even though it was much longer than planned due to the incident in the tunnel).
    Written 26 January 2021
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    Dhabi55
    Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021
    We had heard good things in advance about family-owned Cruise Milford but also heard they were about twenty dollars more than than the big corporate boats. Our group of four adults was rewarded with a superb experience, driven and commented informatively and sensitively by Hamish and served so personably by Hope. This company wins hands down when it comes to cruising Milford Sound. If you are price conscious and are happy being an invisible number on the cattle-class boats, go for them. If you want something that is way more crafted to the individual, go Cruise Milford.
    Written 8 April 2021
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    Wow, thank you so much for this great review. We are so pleased you've enjoyed your time with us at Milford Sound. We can't thank you enough for supporting our small family business. All the best, Hamish & Lisa
    Written 10 April 2021
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    marms4
    Perth, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    We booked Cruise Milford as cruising on the Milford Sound was a bucket list item. We were not disappointed. Hamish the skipper gave a great commentary on all aspects of Milford Sound (he has a good sense of humour ...) & as it was possible that day, took us to places where the other boats didn't go. The boat was comfortable & we could either be out on deck or either upstairs or downstairs inside (with free tea, coffee & biscuits). Hundreds of waterfalls, dolphins, spectacular scenery & professional crew made for a wonderful experience.
    Written 11 June 2020
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    Thank you so much for this amazing review. So happy to hear you've enjoyed your time at Milford Sound with us and that you've got to meet the local wildlife. It sure is one of he most beautiful places in the world.
    Written 24 November 2020
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    Sheryl T
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    Really enjoyed our recent trip with Cruise Milford. The boat was clean and comfortable and the captain was friendly and informative.
    We ended up on this cruise because it is part of the tour with Envy Experiences - a private Tesla trip out to Milford, which I also highly recommend.
    We had beautiful weather for our trip and the scenery was just stunning. I hope to eventually make another trip in rainy weather to see the place in a different mood.
    I'm really glad we were on a small boat because it could get right up close to the waterfalls and the sunbathing seals. The captains handling of it was very skillfull and sometimes you could almost touch the cliff faces.
    The water was choppier than I expected in such a sheltered area, which worried me because I am really not good with boats, but there was too much to see to have time to feel sick and the uncrowded trip meant that there was plenty of room on the upper deck and front deck to get fresh air. The time absolutely flew by and it was over all too soon.
    If I'm lucky enough to get back to Milford again, I wouldn't hesitate to use this same cruise company. Its an experience I can't recommend highly enough.
    Written 17 January 2021
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    Thank you so much for your amazing review. We are so happy to hear you've enjoyed your time with us and Envy Experiences. We are the only company at Milford Sound to limit passenger numbers to 50% of the boats capacity and we're glad you could see the added value in this. We hope you get the chance to come back one day and experience Milford Sound in the rain as it is quite a different experience to see hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the cliff faces.
    Written 25 January 2021
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    Jojo Stewart
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honestly the best. Roger and Rod gave us the perfect trip around Milford Sound, making it a very bespoke experience as we chased dolphins and dipped in waterfalls. They responded to our group and made it an unforgettable experience, and even provided us with some vegan biscuits on request. A small gesture but meant a lot!! Could not recommended it more.
    Written 11 December 2020
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    Thank you so much for your kind review. It's great to hear you've enjoyed your time with us at Milford Sound, and the vegan biscuits (our newest addition).
    Written 9 March 2021
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    Erin P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    This was our second trip on this boat with our son. There were excellent facilities on board. The toilets were spotless and the cabin was very clean and easy to get around. The captain Roger had excellent commentary and was very approachable to ask more questions, all of which he was very happy to answer. Chris the boat host was very sprightly and happy chatting with all the others on the boat we enjoyed his stories about his family. We went out into the Tasman much further than I would have expected. Probably as close to Australia as I'll be getting for a while. As we came into shore, we would loved to go out again but we had to leave unfortunately. Thanks so much Cruise Milford for such a great time! You are such a highlight of our holiday!
    Written 3 February 2021
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    Thank you so much for this amazing review, it has put a big smile on all of our faces. We are very humbled you chose our small family business for your Milford Sound experience a second time around and hope to welcome you back one day soon for your third trip. The next one will be on us!
    Written 9 March 2021
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    davidmilnelondon
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    We all really enjoyed this. The boat is quite small but most importantly not overfilled so you can always get a good viewpoint at the railing. The Ford itself is majestic, it was overcast but not raining for us and the waterfalls were in full voice. The captain was very knowledgeable and added a lot of information to what we were seeing
    Written 3 January 2020
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    Thank you for your kind review. We are very happy you've enjoyed your time with us at Milford Sound.
    Written 11 March 2021
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