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  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

    1. Milford Sound Nature Cruise on Premium Glass-Roof Catamaran

    Climb aboard 'Gem of the Sound', the newest vessel to cruise in the fiord, for a Milford Sound nature cruise. Capture the best views of the incredible fiord with three-levels of indoor and outdoor seating, unique glass roofs, and large viewing decks. Your friendly crew will welcome you on board and embrace you as one of the family, whilst you marvel at one of the most stunning places on earth. Relax in the comfortable booth seating with stylish decor and ambient lighting. High-definition cameras project outdoor footage live onto TV screens throughout the vessel - so no matter where are, you won't miss a thing. Admire New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks and feel the spray of cascading waterfalls. Look out for playful dolphins and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Travel the length of the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, to see why ...

    Great boat trip with friendly informative staff on board. The boat has plenty of space and viewing decks were excellent.?

  • Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

    2. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Boat Cruise with Guided Walk

    Your tour will begin when you arrive at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau 5, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard “Faith”. You'll then receive a personalized briefing about safety onboard the ship and what to expect during the cruise.  Once onboard, you’ll be free to roam around and your crew will offer you a drink and a chat during the 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf. During this time, you’ll learn about the history of your cruise ship, the vessel’s journey from Scotland in the 1980s and its Royal Navy service during WW2. Upon arrival at the Hidden Lakes, experience a guided walking tour of Fiordland National Park of roughly 45 minutes, and learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the wharf, enjoy a selection of canapés and desserts in the calm of the cove. Finally, sit back and enjoy the journey home or visit the engin...

    Easily one of the best things I've done. Such an amazing cruise with amazing crew and Faith has such a cool history, we fell in love with her the second we stepped on board. Would gladly do it again.

  • From Te Anau: Scenic Flight to Doubtful and Milford Sound

    3. From Te Anau: Scenic Flight to Doubtful and Milford Sound

    Soar high above Lake Manapouri and deep into the heart of Doubtful Sound, also known as the "Sound of Silence" due to its remote location. The first landing is in Campbell’s Kingdom, a unique hanging valley suspended amidst mountains. See the picturesque valley that has its own waterfall and lake. From here, fly above several more fiords before arriving at Milford Sound and touring Fiordland’s most famous destination. A Milford Sound scenic flight is the best way to see all the fiord has to offer, as you will be amazed by the sheer granite cliffs and inky blue water. The second landing is at Lake Quill, high above Milford itself and is located at the head of the spectacular Sutherland Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Te Anau: 30-Minute Fiordland National Park Scenic Flight

    4. Te Anau: 30-Minute Fiordland National Park Scenic Flight

    Sample the grandeur of the Fiordland scenery. This scenic helicopter flight is a short adventure into the untamed Kepler Mountains. You can see what lies beyond the Te Anau horizon, with a Te Anau helicopter scenic flight a must-do experience when visiting the area. Views of both the Kepler Track Great Walk and the Hidden Lakes will be spread out before you. You can fly over the local's backyard of the lower Kepler mountains, and can also receive a bird's eye view of the rural basin of Te Anau from a helicopter. During your tour, you will also make a landing at a mountain tarn so you can enjoy the vista and ruggedness of the Main Divide and breathe the crisp pure air of Fiordland.

    Excellent service from the team as weather meant we might miss out. Rearrangements made snd we were kept in the loop all the way. Excellent safety briefings from lovely staff. The flight was absolutely fantastic with Matt being very friendly and knowledgeable. Landed on a flat area for the most amazing photos ever. Fantastic from start to finish.

  • Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

    5. Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

    Experience the stunning Fiordland National Park from the sky. Soar high above the Iris Burn Valley and Lake Manapouri, also known as the "Lake of Many Islands". Spot the infamous West Arm Power Station on Lake Manapouri before flying up and over the Wilmot Pass into Doubtful Sound. This long and winding fiord is one of Fiordland’s deepest and is home to a number of stunning waterfalls. Your helicopter will detour into magical Campbell’s Kingdom, a beautiful hanging valley encompassing a lake and a waterfall. This is the stuff of fairytales. From here, take a peek at Bradshaw Sound before soaring over the Main Divide of the Southern Alps for a second remote landing at scenic Mount Kidd. Make sure you have the camera or phone well charged for this flight — you’ll want to revisit the scenes and landscapes you visit over and over again.

    Amazing views and almost unreal. We were just 4 people which is preferable as all manage to sit in the front seat (which Is a total different experience) Sam, the driver, hats off to him as a fantastic driver and guide. Definitely recommend it.

  • Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

    6. Lake Te Anau: 3-Hour Scenic Cruise and Walk with Morning Tea

    Begin your tour at the historic wharf of Lake Te Anau, where you'll be greeted by your crew and welcomed aboard. After a safety briefing and check-in, you'll be free to explore the ship. Enjoy some light refreshments on the scenic 40-minute journey to the Hidden Lakes wharf.   Upon arrival, leave the ship for a guided 45-minute walk through the Fiordland National Park. Learn about the surrounding flora and fauna from your guide. Once back at the ship, enjoy a delicious morning tea with a selection of canapes and desserts in the peaceful cove. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the journey back to Lake Te Anau.

    It was a very relaxing and organised trip delivering everything promised. The walk into the native forest was gorgeous and informative and arrived back to a very special morning tea. Nothing was a problem and both the skippers/guides had a lot of information which you could accept or not and a healthy sense of humour. The Faith is a gorgeous ship and sitting out the back was a fantastic experience. Thanks for the memories.

  • Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

    7. Milford Sound: Premium Small Group Tour from Queenstown

    Get away from the overcrowded buses, long lines, and obstructed views, and enjoy pure premium travel as you embark on a fabulous small group tour to discover New Zealand's renowned Milford Sound. Combining premium travel in a Mercedes with an amazing scenic nature cruise, a picnic lunch (optional), and loads of off-the-beaten-track visits to stunning locations, this really is the best way to discover Milford Sound. Travel to Milford in style in a luxury Mercedes minivan fully equipped with Wi-Fi, bottled water, and large viewing windows for taking in the amazing sights. Enjoy plenty of stops along the way. Upon arrival to Milford, take a scenic 2-hour cruise along the fjord, where you can lap up the spectacular sights and go under waterfalls. Allow your local guide to provide you with informative commentary while you absorb the lush surrounding scenery and spectacular views. Along the ...

    Great - Bo was very friendly and took us to many stops along the way to Milford Sound.

  • Milford Sound Extended Helicopter Flight & 3 Landings

    8. Milford Sound Extended Helicopter Flight & 3 Landings

    Discover isolated valleys of ancient forests, pristine rivers, and mountains sculpted from ice over thousands of years–from the air, in an extended helicopter flight! Upon landing in Milford, enjoy a short nature walk and snap that iconic Mitre Peak photo. Experience an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls, and land upon a glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park, then take a high-speed flight along the length of the fjord to alight on a wild beach on the Tasman Sea! Today, many of the local landscapes can be recognized because of their use as film locations. You can even fly over where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed! The pilots regularly work with film production crews and are happy to share plenty of stories of life on the film set. Finally, for the photo opportunity of a lifetime, alight on a glacier and enjoy panoramic views. Thes...

    Beginning to end it was really an experience to remember. I can't recommend enough.

  • Queenstown: Scenic flight & Cruise in Doubtful Sound

    9. Queenstown: Scenic flight & Cruise in Doubtful Sound

    On this full-day tour from Queenstown you will explore the beauty of Doubtful Sound, an ideal destination for travelers wanting a true New Zealand experience away from the crowds. This outstanding scenic tour includes flights between Queenstown and Manapouri, making this journey much more manageable for families compared to the slower alternative by coach. This tour of Doubtful Sound offers a wonderful opportunity for travelers who have already visited Milford Sound and want to explore more of this unique New Zealand environment. This tour is also an ideal wet weather option if Milford Sound is closed due to inclement weather because the flight to Doubtful Sound is not as weather dependent as the flight to Milford Sound. Following the glorious scenic flight, you will connect to a cruise departing from Pearl Harbor on Lake Manapouri. At the head of the lake is New Zealand's largest hydr...

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What people are saying about Southland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Easily one of the best things I've done. Such an amazing cruise with amazing crew and Faith has such a cool history, we fell in love with her the second we stepped on board. Would gladly do it again.

Great boat trip with friendly informative staff on board. The boat has plenty of space and viewing decks were excellent.?

Great - Bo was very friendly and took us to many stops along the way to Milford Sound.

Beginning to end it was really an experience to remember. I can't recommend enough.

Amazing knowledge and service. Highly recommend for a more personal cruise