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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Summer
Winter

Summer

1 October 2017 - 30 April 2018

Departs FromDepartsOptionReturnsAdultChildOnline Specials 
Milford Sound9.45amEncounter Nature Cruise12.00pm$99$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound12.15pmEncounter Nature Cruise2.30pm$99$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound2.45pmEncounter Nature Cruise5.00pm$89$25SAVE 10%
Queenstown1.45pmFly/Encounter Nature Cruise/Fly6.00pm$545$320

Winter

1 May 2018 - 30 September 2018

Departs FromDepartsOptionReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound9.45amEncounter Nature Cruise12.00pm$99$25

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Travel Options

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By Air:

A Fly/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.

View all the Fly/Cruise/Fly options here


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.
Includes:

  • 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.