Duration Duration: 2hrs 15mins

Get up close and personal with this pristine environment on our small boat, Encounter Nature Cruise. Reach out and touch sheer rock cliffs and drink pure glacial water straight from the waterfalls, see seals sunning themselves on the rocks, dolphins riding the bow wave or if you’re lucky, spot rare Fiordland crested penguins (in season).

Why choose an Encounter Nature Cruise?

  • Small boat with fewer passengers for an intimate Milford Sound experience
  • Interactive and personal with a fun and friendly atmosphere
  • Specialist nature guides share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary
  • Taste pure glacial water from towering waterfalls
  • The ideal cruise for close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins
  • Raincoats provided on board so you can stand on the bow under tumbling waterfalls
  • Large, outdoor viewing deck with covered seating
  • Have your photo taken with the skipper in the open wheelhouse
  • Range of lunch options available (must be pre-ordered, at extra cost)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
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1 October 2017 – 30 April 2018
Departs From Departs
Includes Returns Adult  Child  Online Specials  
Milford Sound 9.45am Encounter Nature Cruise   12.00pm $99 $25   book now!
12.15pm Encounter Nature Cruise   2.30pm $99 $25   book now!
2.45pm Encounter Nature Cruise   5.00pm $89 $25   book now!
Te Anau 8.30am Small Coach & Encounter Nature Cruise Discovery Centre & Picnic Lunch 5.30pm $159 $79   book now!
Queenstown 1.45pm Fly/Encounter Nature Cruise/Fly   6.00pm $510 $295   book now!



1 May 2017 – 30 September 2017
Departs From Departs
Includes Returns Adult  Child  Online Special  
Milford Sound 9.45am Encounter Nature Cruise   12.00pm $72 $20   book now!


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Cruise Map

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Travel Options

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By Coach:

Go Milford Day Trip ex Te Anau

Experience the best of Fiordland National Park with Southern Discoveries. Travel from Te Anau to Milford Sound in comfort and style with our personal, small group tour through Fiordland’s spectacular snow-capped wonderland.

  • A spectacular, full day return trip from Te Anau to Milford Sound
  • Plenty of scenic photo stops along one of New Zealand’s most picturesque drives
  • Enjoy panoramic views from every seat
  • Modern coaches with leather seats and temperature-controlled comfort
  • Best way to ensure you get that iconic photo of Mirror Lakes reflections and taste pure glacial water from Monkey Creek
  • Join the longest daytime cruise in Milford Sound
  • Visit the fascinating Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory
  • Enjoy a delicious Picnic Lunch in one of the world’s most stunning locations
  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from your accommodation
  • Complimentary tea and coffee served on board your cruise
Season Departs    
Returns Adult Child  
Summer 8.30am 5.30pm $159 $79 book now
Winter 8.30am 5.30pm $139 $79 book now





By Air:

A Fly/Cruise/Fly or Coach/Cruise/Fly is the ultimate Milford Sound experience, taking in magnificent views of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and forest. Your trip will take approximately four hours and include hotel pick up, return scenic flight and your cruise in Milford Sound. Your pilot will provide commentary on the untouched wilderness that can only be seen from the air.


Glenorchy Air
 Season Departs
  Returns Adult  Child   
Summer 1.45pm   6.00pm $505 $295 book now


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By Car or Campervan:

If you’d prefer to make your own way to Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most picturesque drive is a spectacular journey. The road into Milford is an extraordinary passage so allow plenty of time for short walks, photo opportunities and rest stops along the way.


View our Road to Milford Map for some must-see stops along the way.

Food Options

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Picnic Lunch

Choose between a Regular, Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free picnic option.

  • Sandwich 
  • Cheese and crackers (soup for Vegan option)
  • Seasonal fresh fruit
  • Crisps
  • Cookie
  • Small chocolate bar
  • Bottle of water

What to Bring

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What to bring for cruises

Due to the changeable nature of the weather in Milford, it’s a good idea to bring a warm, waterproof jacket and wear comfortable, non-slip shoes. Don’t forget insect repellent, sunscreen and plenty of memory card space on your camera.