Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown or Te Anau

Journey to Milford Sound and experience all the natural wonders and epic waterfalls.

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Duration
Duration
12.5 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7.00 am
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Open
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Low
Meals
Meals
Included
NZD $99
ValueNZD $109SAVE NZD $10
Children: NZD $35
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What's Included

  • Travel on a glass-roof coach, perfect for catching panoramic views on the road to Milford Sound
  • Enjoy informative commentary as you drive
  • Free Wi-fi and USB ports available
  • Guides will show you the best short walks and photo stops along the way
  • Possiblity to see New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins 
  • Get beneath waterfalls and see towering mountains and native wildlife on a Milford Sound cruise
  • Enjoy commentary from specialist nature guides as you travel (foreign language information sheets available)
  • Multi-lingual commentary (Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, French, German and Spanish) available on Coach trips
  • Free tea and coffee available onboard 
  • Pick up/drop off service from selected Queenstown accommodation

Why do we love this

You really get to make the most of the New Zealand scenery on this trip! From start to finish you'll be immersed in the stunning surrounds. We love that the coach is glass-roofed, so you get to check out the views as you travel. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Milford Sound. Travelling from Queenstown, you'll get to enjoy all the sights along the way, before diving into your cruise experience.

Added extras like a glass-roof coach, multi-lingual commentary and specialist nature guides will make this trip one to remember.

Your trip starts early at 7.00 am - there's a big day ahead after all! Board the comfortable coach, equipped with reclining seats, air-con, free Wi-fi and USB ports and get ready to go.

As you travel along the road toward Milford Sound, you'll get to enjoy some epic views through the coach's glass-top roof. There'll be plenty of photo stops and the chance to embark on several short walks along the way. Catch incredible views of waterfalls and Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley. 

As you drive, enjoy informative commentary about your surroundings. For international visitors, multilingual headsets are available. 

Once you reach Milford Sound, it's time to board the boat and head off on a nature expedition! You'll be travelling on a spacious catamaran with plenty of room to relax and take in the amazing views. 

Visit the open wheelhouse and talk with the skipper, or listen to specialist nature guides tell you about the wildlife and history of the area.

You'll have the chance to see some wildlife on this tour, with plenty of viewing areas around the boat. Keep your eyes open for New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins that can be sited year round. You'll also get to stand close to the majestic waterfalls that make this area so famous. 

For lunch, enjoy a tasty buffet, or choose from a Japenese O-Bento, Indian Thali or picnic lunch at an additional cost. Yum!

Once you've had your Milford fun, its time to head back onto the bus for your journey home. 


Please allow 12.5 hours for this tour. Starts 7.00 am in Queenstown, finishes 7.30 pm Queenstown. 

TOUR OPTIONS
  • Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Te Anau
    NZD $99
    ValueNZD $109SAVE NZD $10
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  • Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown
    NZD $169
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It takes approximately five hours to get to Milford from Queenstown depending on the time of year and road conditions.

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Milford Sound has an abundance of wildlife and is home to New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins year round. Rare Dusky dolphins are also known to visit the fiord. The world’s rarest penguin, the Fiordland crested penguin, visits Milford during the breeding season (November) and moulting season (March/April). While there is wildlife in Milford Sound, we can’t guarantee sightings as these are wild animals in their natural habitat. A visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory offers more wildlife viewing with an abundance of sea life below the surface.

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There are disabled parking spaces outside the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal building. The only vessel with wheelchair access is Pride of Milford (Milford Sound Scenic Cruise) where access to the vessel is by ramp. There are no wheelchair accessible toilets onboard the vessel, instead these are located in the cruise terminal building.

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Due to the changeable nature of the weather in Milford, it’s a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket, warm clothing and wear comfortable shoes. Raincoats are provided for passengers on Encounter Nature Cruises and Discover More Cruises.

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Terms & Conditions:

1. Insurance

SDL carries full Public Liability Insurance for all passengers travelling on any SDL vessels or vehicles.

2. Liability and Indemnity

Passengers travel at their own risk (to the extent permitted by law) and SDL is not responsible for any loss, damage, cost, expense or injury suffered by passengers or loss or damage to a passenger’s property.
Without limiting the foregoing, the following conditions apply:
a. In respect of all passengers, SDL is not liable for any loss, damage or delay caused by or arising from an event beyond the control of SDL, including any act of God, inevitable accident, riot, civil  commotion, strike, lock-out, stoppage or restraint of labour, regardless of the cause and whether partial or general.

b. SDL does not warrant that SDL services are available at any particular time or at all. SDL is not liable to a passenger or any other person:
(i) for any consequences arising from any variation or delay in the time of arrival or departure from any stop of any vehicle;
(ii) for any loss or damage as a result of a cancellation or any variation of the time of arrival or departure from any stop of any vehicle;
(iii) for damage to any property of a passenger; or
(iv) for the death of any passenger or other person or for injury, harm, disease or damage to health, whether physical, mental or otherwise (including mental or nervous shock or distress) suffered by a passenger or any other person.
c. If there is contributory negligence on the part of a passenger or other person, SDL’s liability is subject to the law relating to contributory negligence.

d. SDL may vary or cancel wholly or in part the scheduled services shown in SDL timetable or may vary the point at which SDL will pick up and set down passengers.
The passenger indemnifies SDL at all times against any loss, damage or cost suffered or incurred by SDL as a direct or indirect result of a breach by the passenger of its obligations under these terms and conditions.

3. Health & Safety

Health, safety and comfort is SDL’s primary concern. Prior to every cruise departure, the skipper either shows a safety video or gives clear safety instructions over the public address system. Passengers should listen carefully to these messages and comply with all aspects of safety advice. In the unlikely event of an emergency, passengers must obey all instructions from the SDL fully trained skipper and crew.

New Zealand has a ‘no fault’ government-backed medical injury treatment scheme administered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). Under ACC legislation, passengers are prevented from suing the operator for any mishap or misadventure. Should there be a medical incident or injury SDL will do everything in its power to organise prompt medical assistance. In the case of injury the cost of that assistance will be borne by the ACC scheme. The nearest medical centre to Milford Sound is located in Te Anau (120 kilometres away).

All passengers while in an area controlled by SDL must:
a. Act in a safe and reasonable manner
b. Cooperate with, and observe all instructions from SDL staff
c. Follow all signs and notices
d. Not smoke
e. Not consume alcohol unless available on SDL service
f. Not interfere with or use emergency equipment or emergency exits except in an emergency
g. Not behave in an unsafe, noisy, violent or antisocial manner
h. Not litter or tamper with or damage any property of SDL

4. Disabled Passengers

The Milford Sound Cruise Terminal, toilets, promenade decks and wharves are all wheelchair accessible.

New Zealand Maritime law dictates that all external vessel doors must be water tight and this includes a door sill to prevent seawater entering the vessel. Disabled passengers may need some assistance to negotiate the door sill.

All vessels comprise either two or three deck levels accessed by internal and external stairs. Wheelchair accessibility is confined to the main boarding deck only.

Toilets on the vessels are not wheelchair accessible.

The Milford Underwater Observatory chamber is not wheelchair accessible as it is 10 metres below the water and accessed by stairs. For health and safety reasons, staff are not permitted to participate in carrying of passengers on and off vessels.

Please seek further advice at the time of booking.

5. General Terms and Conditions

SDL reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel cruise departures and substitute vessels at any time for safety or operational reasons including due to unsafe weather conditions or vessel maintenance.

Minimum numbers apply on all trips.

Milford Sound is a natural environment so wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Booking amendments, cancellations or refunds cannot be processed online. Please email reservations@southerndiscoveries.co.nz or phone +64 3 441 1137 or 0800 264 536.

All prices are listed in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and are inclusive of GST. Unless otherwise specified, prices are valid from 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2018 and may change without notice.

6. Amendments/Cancellations/Refunds

Reservations may be amended to another date or time subject to space and availability. No charge is made for this amendment but any difference in price will need to be paid by the passenger. Please always quote the booking confirmation number when amending a booking.

Unless otherwise specified, any cancellations are required to be made at least 24 hours prior to departure. Cancellations made within 24 hours or on the day of travel are not entitled to a refund.

Claims for refunds due to circumstances out of passengers control should be submitted in writing no later than 30 days after the date of departure. Passengers are recommended to insure themselves against cancellation charges and possible loss of personal belongings.

7. Children and Infants
Unless otherwise specified:

  • Children are aged 4-14 years inclusive
  • Infants are aged 3 years and under and travel free on all cruises (except Coach & Cruise products, please see below)

Requirements for children and infants travelling on Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise, Milford Sound Coach & Scenic Cruise (Queenstown and Te Anau departures) and Go Milford Day Trip Coach trips from Te Anau:

  • A child fare must be purchased to be allocated a seat on the coach – inclusive all children and infants aged 0–14 years
  • An appropriate child restraint must be provided by the caregiver (adult) in order for an infant or small child to travel
  • In accordance with New Zealand Law, all children must be correctly secured in an approved restraint until their seventh birthday

8. Cancelled Sailings

SDL reserves the right to cancel any cruise at any time due to unsafe weather conditions, vessel maintenance, or not meeting the minimum passenger numbers required to sail.

In the event of a cruise being cancelled prior to departure, passengers will receive any pre-ordered food and given the option of an alternative sailing or a full refund on the cruise portion only.

If a cruise is cancelled during a sailing due to unforeseen circumstances, adverse weather affecting passenger safety and comfort, unforeseen operational reasons or any other issue, passengers will receive a partial refund. Full refunds will only be given when a cruise is cancelled prior to departure.

9. Milford Road Closure (State Highway 94)

The Milford Road is an alpine pass and can be closed with no or very little warning from the Land Transport Authority at any time of year. Up-to-date road information is available at milfordroad.co.nz

SDL accepts no responsibility for disrupted travel plans as a result of a road closure. SDL is informed of the road status at 7.30am each morning. All agents and passengers can choose to receive a full refund or travel when the road is re-opened.


Cancellation Policy:

Reservations may be amended to another date or time subject to space and availability. No charge is made for this amendment but any difference in price will need to be paid by the passenger. Please always quote the booking confirmation number when amending a booking.

Unless otherwise specified, any cancellations are required to be made at least 24 hours prior to departure. Cancellations made within 24 hours or on the day of travel are not entitled to a refund.

Claims for refunds due to circumstances out of passengers control should be submitted in writing no later than 30 days after the date of departure. Passengers are recommended to insure themselves against cancellation charges and possible loss of personal belongings.


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