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Starting From AU$28.94
Starting From AU$28.94

Southern Discoveries: Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise

Get up close to nature on the most luxurious small boat in Milford Sound.

The intimate way to experience the fiord's nature.

  • Small boat, fewer passengers, fun & friendly atmosphere.
  • Specialist nature guides share their local knowledge.
  • See seals, birds, penguins and dolphins up close.
  • Drink pure glacial water straight from Fairy Falls.
  • Delve into the history, geology and wildlife of the Fiord.
  • Get up close and personal on the ultimate nature cruise.
  • Department of Conservation approved mammal viewing operator.
  • FREE tea & coffee

This is an intimate experience with numbers capped at 75, and on-board Nature Guides offering personal attention. Our smaller boat explores small nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail for 2hrs 15mins.

This ‘ecotour’ is perfect for close-up shots of seals, birds and other wildlife, including dolphins ‘riding’ the bow wave and the rarest penguin in the world, the Fiordland crested penguin.

The smaller boat helps you appreciate the sheer size and grandeur of the fiord’s cliff faces rising hundreds of metres out of the water, scarred here and there by tree falls. You’ll get within touching distance of impressive geological features and close enough to catch and drink pure glacial water, or feel the full force from the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls (we’ve got jackets to keep you dry!).

Join the skipper on the bridge for a birds-eye view and see first-hand how the boat operates. Help yourself to free tea and coffee – delicious lunch options available on board.

Summer (1st Nov - 30th Apr)

  • 10.15am
  • 1.00pm
  • 3.45pm

Winter (1st May - 31st Sep)

  • 9.45am
  • 12.45pm

  • Lunch options from $17
  • Add on the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory onto your cruise. Adults $36, Child $18.