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Private / Peaceful Milford sound cruise recommendation

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Private / Peaceful Milford sound cruise recommendation

Looking for a recommendation on a cruise provider that doesn't talk through the entire tour. Also appreciate any provider that has smaller groups. Cot is not a deciding factor. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Private / Peaceful Milford sound cruise recommendation

if cost is not a concern https://www.fiordlandlodge.co.nz/experiences/private-cruise-milford-sound/

or consider an overnight on the milford wanderer with REAL nz - being on the deck at night, or at dawn with the quietness with no one else around is absolutely stunning.

otherwise all the boats basically do the same thing - its a small cove. perhaps consider doubtful sound and one of the smaller boats there.

Edited: 17 January 2024, 07:04
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2. Re: Private / Peaceful Milford sound cruise recommendation

Cruise Milford offers small boat cruises: https://www.cruisemilfordnz.com I'm not sure about commentary, I think it is a given that all the boats will have commentary. Least desirable would be to have that commentary in multiple languages, as could happen with the larger boats. I see that headphones are offered for different languages, but am not sure which boats do what (live or headphones).

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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3. Re: Private / Peaceful Milford sound cruise recommendation

Another vote for Doubtful Sound.

We booked on a small boat and that day there was nobody else booked.

They still took us out for an overnight cruise and it was magical.

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4. Re: Private / Peaceful Milford sound cruise recommendation

Thanks for the tips! We are staying in Te Anau. We may also do Doubtful Sound on the second day. My interest is photography and soaking up the nature.

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