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Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

4.8 / 5

36 reviews

Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

From US$ 142.49 per person

Double the adventure with this half-day experience. Enjoy a Milford Sound cruise, a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, kayaking, and a picnic lunch.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Immerse yourself in the ultimate, all-inclusive Milford package – above, on, and below the water
  • Enjoy a stunning nature cruise out to the Tasman Sea
  • Get an intimate kayak experience with spectacular views of the Pembroke Glacier
Full description
Your tour starts off with a cruise along the entire length of the sound and out to the Tasman Sea on a Nature cruise. Each cruise has a different focus and explores a different part of the sound, so pick the one that's best for you! Towards the end of your cruise you will be dropped off at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to journey through the history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound and visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory to view rare black coral. Then, your specialist kayak and nature guide will take you over to the kayaking pontoon to enjoy up to 90 minutes of relaxing kayaking in serene Harrison Cove. Gaze through the glacier-fed waters as you kayak in one of the most majestic places in the world. This is an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 kayaks per tour including a specialist kayak and nature guide to point out the fjord features and wildlife. No previous experience is necessary and we even have an automated lift for easy entry and exit from the kayaks.
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Tea and coffee
  • Picnic lunch
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Meet us at the Milford Sound Wharf Visitor Centre, Milford Sound.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Change of clothes
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Reusable water bottle

    Know before you go

    • Please allow 5 hours driving time from Queenstown and just over 2 hours from Te Anau. Free parking is available in Milford Sound and it is approximately a 10-minute walk from the car park to the Cruise terminal The last place to get fuel is in Te Anau, so make sure you have enough to get you there – the trip is 242 km (150 miles) return from Te Anau.
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods
    • Smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Any cancellations are required to be made at least 24 hours prior to departure. Cancellations made less than 24 hours are not eligible for a refund. Reservations may be amended to another date or time subject to availability. No charge is made for this amendment but any difference in price will need to be paid
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 36 reviews

    Review summary

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    Milford Sound is so beautiful. One of the best trips ever. By doing the cruise, under water observatory and the kayak we got to spend quite a bit of time and really got the full experience. Very friendly helpful informative guide. Anyone can do the kayak with the great launching platform that lifts and lowers you into and out of the water. Bonus great picnic lunch bag provided to each of us. The water is so crystal clear and you get to paddle right up to the sides of the fiords. Totally recommend whole experience is breathtaking from start to finish. Bonus of seeing dolphins and fur seals also.

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    March 10, 2021

    The three separate parts of the overall cruise worked wonderfully well together and each gave a different and complementary viewpoint of the Sound. The cruise, itself, was an excellent introduction to the beauty, manifold attractions and magnificence of the Sound while the kayaking allowed a different perspective to be had. I'd do all three again.

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    March 10, 2020

    Everything was amazing and we got beautiful sunny weather which meant we got to see everything in Milford Sound as there was no clouds hiding the mountains. The kayaking is a must and very safe. The buffet wasn’t great, but nice if you want some warm food after upto 4 hrs drive from Queenstown. There was a group on a tour from an Asian country and it seemed like the buffet has extra things for them and not the rest of us. I asked for a bowl and they couldn’t even provide me that and said it’s only available for the other tour. I think they should be inclusive as a buffet means everything is available to everyone in my opinion. There was no juice, just water and tea.

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    September 18, 2019

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