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  • Milford Sound: Cruise, Underwater Observatory, and Lunch

    1. Milford Sound: Cruise, Underwater Observatory, and Lunch

    Explore the beauty of the fiord on a vessel that’s purpose-built for the best daytime viewing. Set off on a day-trip that includes a delicious lunch, complimentary tea and coffee, and a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. Climb aboard a smaller vessel at the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal to discover more of the fiord on an authentic and insightful experience. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and waterfalls. Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by. A knowledgeable local guide will ensure you discover the wildlife, nature, and history of this remarkable sanctuary. Also enjoy a delicious picnic. Visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory for an experience unlike any other. Hidden under the surface in Harrison Cove in the mid...

    Love the cruise, learn a lot about Milford Sound(Fiordland). Captain and crew are super friendly and helpful. Highlight definitely being under the waterfall.

  • Milford Sound Waterfalls, Wildlife & Rainforest Cruise

    2. Milford Sound Waterfalls, Wildlife & Rainforest Cruise

    Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery aboard the 'Maiden of Milford', a modern catamaran. Enjoy fabulous service from your friendly crew, wonderful commentary, and the scenic cruise experience of a lifetime in one of the world’s most spectacular locations. Explore three spacious viewing decks and enjoy the freedom to move around at your leisure on the uncrowded vessel. Climb up to the completely open upper-deck, an ideal spot for 360-degree views and for magical photos. Lookout for New Zealand fur seals, playful dolphins, and the elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin. Join your jovial crew at the bow as you nose under Stirling Falls for a free shower in some of the world's freshest water. In the upper-cabin, you'll find a selection of snacks, drinks, gourmet pies, and espresso coffee available for purchase from the licensed 'Off the Rocks' bar.

    Absolutely loved loved loved this adventure!! Great friendly staff, really good captain and commentary - loved how the boat was carefully manouvered up to the glacial waterfalls so we could experience a glacial shower (optional of course) but worth the experience if you were game enough to try it!!

  • Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    3. Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    This coach trip includes a Milford Sound cruise aboard a comfortable, purpose-built cruise boat with optional lunch and refreshments. Enjoy multiple stops on your way to Milford Sound which makes the day even more amazing! When you arrive in Te anau - your first stop of the day - enjoy a toilet break and time to grab something from the cafe. They have great coffee, muffins and snacks! Enjoy a stop at the mirror lakes, a beautiful 5 minute boardwalk through a rainforest and other photo opportunities that make your journey to Milford Sound even more special.  On arrival at Milford Sound you immediately proceed to the boat terminal, where your driver will give you your boat pass and direct you to your cruise boat. On boarding, make yourself comfortable in one of the saloons or catch the scenery from the decks. Milford Sound is famous for its waterfalls, and if it's raining it's even more...

    Great tour guide, he was extremely enthusiastic and witty. Exactly what you need for a big day!

  • Milford Sound & Te Anau 2-Day Small-Group Tour

    4. Milford Sound & Te Anau 2-Day Small-Group Tour

    Day 1: Leaving Queenstown, travel around Lake Wakatipu with amazing views of "The Remarkables" Mountain Range with some stops to take fantastic photos. Then, enter Fiordland National Park and visit Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn, Hollyford River, Falls Creek, the Darran Mountains, and Homer Tunnel. Next, board your cruise on a small boat for an informative and personal tour of Milford Sound. Get closer to the wildlife and nature, including the New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks. See massive rock faces rising hundreds of meters out of the sea and waterfalls cascading from ancient rainforest high in the mountains. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak, an iconic steep triangular peak, rising high up above the reflective waters. As day 1 comes to a close, enjoy an overnight stay in Te Anau where you can have dinner at a local restaurant or take an even...

  • Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

    5. Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

    Take flight a small luxury plane leaving Queenstown. Admire the awe-inspiring scenery from your very own window seat as you soar over Fiordland National Park, listening to the pilot's commentary. Landing at Milford Sound airport you will be escorted to the Cruise Terminal either by shuttle or 15 minute nature walk to meet your boat. Enjoy 2 hours of spectacular scenery and wildlife on the Gem of the Sound, learn all about the history of the area from the skipper as he skillfully pulls the boat underneath waterfalls and right up to the base of famous Mitre Peak. Your pilots will meet you off the cruise at the Terminal and take you back to the awaiting plane for your return to Queenstown. Your complimentary shuttle will drop you back to your hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the legendary dining scene.

  • Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

    6. 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.

  • Stewart Island: 2.5-Hour Cruise and Ulva Island Guided Walk

    7. Stewart Island: 2.5-Hour Cruise and Ulva Island Guided Walk

    Discover Stewart Island from the water with a 2.5-hour experience including a cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and a 45-minute guided walk in Ulva Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Admire Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery from hidden coves to unspoilt beaches. Hear fascinating stories of early Maori history and European settlement from your guide as you pass various landmarks. Your passionate guide will provide engaging commentary and is more than happy to answer questions. While on board, keep a lookout for fur seals, penguins and other wildlife, as sightings are common. Paterson Inlet is home to renowned wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island. Disembark here for a 45-minute guided walk with a specialist nature guide. The island is home to weka (native woodhen), bush robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads amongst other species. It is also a protected habitat for some of New Zealand’s rarest plan...

    It’s the middle of winter The forecast is for hail, thunderstorms, strong westerlies and rain and we decide to go to Stewart Island and Ulva Island. Mad? Not at all. It was a wonderful trip. The ferry crossing was fairly calm, the trip around Paterson Inlet was interesting and very lovely and Ulva was a revelation: so beautiful, so interesting and full of life. Our guide was knowledgable and made the tour fun and fascinating. Recommended.

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

    8. 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.

  • Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

    9. Queenstown: Small-Group Tour to Milford Sound with Cruise

    Join a fully-guided, small-group day tour from Queenstown or Te Anau to the world-renowned Milford Sound; the crowning jewel of Fiordland. Highlights of the drive will include Lake Wakatipu, the Devil’s Staircase, the truly majestic mountains of Fiordland, Mirror Lake, the Chasm, and Homer Tunnel. You will also enjoy multiple stops along the way for photo opportunities and Kea bird spotting (the world’s largest alpine parrot). You will then travel through the mind-blowing Homer Tunnel, emerging as the valley descends sharply down to Milford Sound, with its hundreds of waterfalls cascading into the crystal clear waters beneath. At Milford Sound you will take an intimate cruise on a smaller boat that gets right up close with nature and wildlife. Onboard your cruise you will have up-close views of thousands of waterfalls, Mitre Peak, as well as local wildlife, providing you with hundreds o...

    The tour was great, the photo shots available are amazing. The food where we stopped for morning tea wasn't the best. The scenery was awesome and having the rain made the Milford Sounds magical

  • Haast: Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight

    10. Haast: Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Enjoy unique views of untouched glaciers, alpine lakes, and the stunning Mt Aspiring, before descending into the mighty Milford Sound. Your trip can be tailor-made so that you can rendezvous with a cruise boat trip, kayak trip, or just enjoy a relaxing lunch and a stroll along the waterfront. Fly out over Milford Sound, taking in stunning waterfalls with their majestic misty rainbow colors and sheer, with rugged cliffs disappearing into the fiord. Flying back to Haast, you'll travel via the rugged, untamed Fiordland coastline, with the chance of spotting penguins, seal colonies, dolphins, and whales. Access to Milford is often easier from Haast because it is possible to fly in along the coastline. This flight will save you days of travel and gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist centers. This tour can be personalised to make the experience perfect for you.

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It’s the middle of winter The forecast is for hail, thunderstorms, strong westerlies and rain and we decide to go to Stewart Island and Ulva Island. Mad? Not at all. It was a wonderful trip. The ferry crossing was fairly calm, the trip around Paterson Inlet was interesting and very lovely and Ulva was a revelation: so beautiful, so interesting and full of life. Our guide was knowledgable and made the tour fun and fascinating. Recommended.

Well worth the picturesque drive. Great guides & awesome picnic lunch on board. Underwater observatory was interesting. Amazing scenery & we were lucky to see dolphins & seals.

Love the cruise, learn a lot about Milford Sound(Fiordland). Captain and crew are super friendly and helpful. Highlight definitely being under the waterfall.

Very enjoyable 3 hours. Great commentary throughout. Great lunch, plenty if options

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