Duration Duration: 2hrs 15mins

Milford Sound Cruises – Winter 2020
During winter 2020 we will not be operating our Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise. Head over to our Discover More Cruise for more information on the most in-depth, insightful and personal experience in Milford Sound this winter.

Why choose an Encounter Nature Cruise?
Pack your camera and join our expert nature guides on a special cruise that takes you closer to the natural beauty of Milford Sound. Our guides take the time to answer your questions while our smaller boat takes you close enough to catch the eye of a basking seal, dolphin, or even a rare Fiordland crested penguin.

  • Get closer and see more on the longest and most interactive cruise in Milford Sound
  • Escape the crowds on a smaller boat with independent travellers and no tour groups
  • Extended commentary from our expert nature guides with more facts and stories about the wildlife, geology and history from our expert nature guides
  • Grab your raincoat and get so close to the waterfalls that you can taste the pure glacial water
  • The ideal cruise for close-up photos of seals, dolphins or penguins
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch available and licensed bar on board
  • FREE tea and coffee




Compare Our Milford Sound Cruises

Cruise Map

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Travel Options

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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
  • A fully licensed bar is available on all vessels except the Lady Stirling
  • Passengers are not permitted to bring their own alcohol on board our vessels
  • A selection of snacks are available to purchase on all vessels except the Lady Stirling
  • We only accept credit card or cash payments, we can not acccept eftpos or debit cards
  • Vegetarian alternatives to all of our food options are available – please select them when pre-ordering
  • If you have specific dietary requirements or special group requests please discuss with the reservations team and we will get our chef to provide you a menu and prices
  • Please note that the ingredients and contents of each meal are only a guide and these may be subject to change
  • Adult and child price is the same
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is provided on all cruises

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.