Why a boat cruise is the best way to see Milford Sound

13 August 2018

A visit to Milford Sound will without a doubt be a highlight of any trip to New Zealand. The amazing scenery is unlike anywhere else in the world and therefore the memories you hold of exploring Milford will stay with you forever.

However, the issue many travellers have with exploring Milford Sound is figuring out the best way to do so. Do you drive there yourself and then go for a walk on the shore? Do you book the Milford track? Should you go on a boat, a flight, or a kayak? With so many different ways to check out Milford Sound available, it can be hard to know what to do!

While there are several different ways you can choose from to explore Milford Sound, a cruise is easily the best for many different reasons. These are just a few of the great reasons why a cruise is the best way to see Milford Sound.

The Best Views

Getting out on the water allows you to see so much more of Milford Sound that is not possible from the shore. A cruise will take you through the fiord stopping at waterfalls with beautiful views to enjoy along the way.

Some of the best views from a cruise include Stirling Falls, Mitre Peak, and Seal Rock. From out on the water the views of Milford are guaranteed to be impressive and is easily the best way to see Milford Sound.

Lots of Information

A Cruise is also a great way to learn about Milford Sound. Our nature guides will keep you intrigued from beginning to end with information on the area, the flora and fauna, how Milford was formed, the discovery of Milford, and endless other facts. This knowledge is priceless and will definitely satisfy any curious traveller.

Budget Friendly

Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, so your budget shouldn’t prevent you from visiting!

Luckily, a Milford Sound cruise is an affordable option. Join one of our scenic cruises for as little as $69 with some seasonal or online specials also available! There are also lots of combo packages including transport to and from Queenstown or Te Anau for those who need a lift.

Adventurous and Relaxing

For the adventurous traveller, a cruise can be a fun and exciting way to experience Milford Sound. On the boat, you can be out on the deck to get the best views. You can even get showered underneath the powerful Stirling Falls!

While a Milford Sound boat cruise is exciting for the adventurer, it is also ideal for someone who wants to just sit back and take in the views with a hot drink in hand. Comfortable seating with windows everywhere allows anyone to relax inside, nice and warm, while seeing the beauty of Milford first-hand.

Not Weather Dependent  

Milford Sound is absolutely stunning rain or shine! The sun might make some rainbows in the waterfalls, while the rain will make the mountains look like they are crying with tons of tiny waterfalls. No matter the weather, the boat cruise is still great. The inside area and covered decks ensure that you can stay dry while still seeing the beauty that is Milford Sound.

A Thorough Experience

A cruise is the best way to see Milford Sound because you get so much out of just one experience. You get to see Milford from the shore before departing on the boat, you get up close and personal with waterfalls, you will likely see some wildlife, you learn about Milford Sound, and you get to relax with a cup of coffee while taking in the views! Not to mention, you have the option to explore the Underwater Observatory.

A Milford Sound cruise is truly an experience of a lifetime from start to finish.

If you have time …

Keep in mind that while a boat cruise is the best way to see Milford Sound if you only have the chance to experience it one-way, it is always better to explore Milford Sound in multiple forms if you have the time and funds! A scenic flight gives you a whole other point of view, and kayaking can be a fun adventure-filled activity! And don’t forget about the drive on Milford Road, some say the drive to Milford is actually just as beautiful as Milford itself!

Check out the variety of Milford Sound boat cruises offered here

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