Duration Duration: 1hr 45 mins or 2hrs

Coffee with views of a towering waterfall? A delicious hot meal with a passing seal? Sit back, relax and enjoy the best of both worlds as our specialist nature guides introduce you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound aboard our fully catered and modern catamaran.

Why choose a Nature Cruise?

  • Experience the tranquillity of Milford Sound on our most relaxed (and relaxing) cruise
  • Whatever the weather, our newly refurbished lounges offer amazing views through full height viewing windows
  • With 360º views, the spacious outdoor decks are perfect for photographers
  • Our specialist nature guides share their knowledge with a lively and entertaining commentary
  • Visit the wheelhouse and chat to the skipper – the door’s open!
  • Savour local flavours with a fresh and hot buffet lunch, plus licensed bar on board
  • FREE tea and coffee

Underwater Observatory upgrade:

*Visiting the Underwater Observatory adds up to an additional 1 hour to your cruise duration.



1 October 2019 - 30 April 2020

Departs FromCheck-in
DepartsOptionReturnsAdultChildOnline Specials 
Milford Sound10.15am10.30amNature Cruise12.15pm$75$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmNature Cruise3.00pm$109$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound3.00pm3.15pmNature Cruise 5.00pm$75$30SAVE 10%
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise7.30pm$225$130
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise*7.30pm$245$130
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise with return flight*4.15pm$619from $360
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise with return heli*4.15pm$1080from $715
Queenstown9.30amFly/Nature Cruise/Fly**1.30pm$565from $340
Queenstown11.30amFly/Nature Cruise/Fly*3.00pm$599from $360
Queenstown1.30pmFly/Nature Cruise/Fly***5.30pm$565from $340
Queenstown2.00pmFly/Nature Cruise/Fly6.00pm$550from $375
Queenstown2.00pmHeli/Nature Cruise/Heli6.00pm$1105from $775
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach & Nature Cruise5.00pm$205$120
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach & Nature Cruise*5.00pm$225$120

*Includes kiwi-style buffet lunch.
** Includes morning tea.
*** Includes complimentary drink.


1 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

Departs FromDepartsOptionReturnsAdultChildIncludesOnline Special 
Milford Sound10.30amNature Cruise12.15pm$59$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.00pmNature Cruise3.00pm$74$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound2.00pmNature Cruise3.45pm$69$25SAVE 10%
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise7.30pm$189$99Picnic Lunch**
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise
& return flight
4.15pm$609$359Picnic Lunch**
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise
& return heli
4.15pm$979$649Picnic Lunch**

Queenstown9.30amFly/Nature Cruise/Fly2.00pm$565$340Morning Tea
Queenstown11.30amFly/Nature Cruise/Fly4.15pm$599$360Picnic Lunch
Te Anau10.00amCoach & Nature Cruise 5.00pm$169$89Picnic Lunch**

** Picnic lunch special - upgrade your picnic lunch to hot chicken katsu or tofu teryaki rice. Upgrade only available when you book online.

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Travel Options

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By Coach:

Let Southern Discoveries take you to Milford Sound while you sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Departing everyday from Queenstown and Te Anau all Coach & Cruise day trips will connect you seamlessly with your Milford Sound Cruise. Find out more…

Check out more Milford Sound travel options including Scenic Flights.
View the Road to Milford Sound Map for the 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
Winter Lunch Special - Southern Discoveries

Picnic Lunch Special

Upgrade your Picnic Lunch with these delicious hot lunch options. Available as an upgrade on the 1pm Milford Sound Nature Cruise and the Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown or ex Te Anau only.
Only available when you book online for travel from 1 May 2019 – 30 September 2019.
The upgrade options replace the Picnic Lunch sandwich.

Chicken Katsu

Tofu Teriyaki Rice – Vegan (Gluten free on request)

Japanese Obento

Japanese Obento Lunch

Available Summer only on the Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

Thali Indian Lunch

Thali Indian Lunch

Available Summer only on the Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

All Thali Lunches are automatically served as vegetarian. If passengers request non-vegetarian, we serve a chicken dish.

International Buffet - Southern Discoveries

Hot Buffet Lunch

Available Summer only on the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Our hot Buffet Lunch offers a selection of delicious hot and cold international dishes using the freshest of ingredients. Available for purchase daily on our 1.00pm departure.