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Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise with optional Flight

A unique adventure awaits with an overnight cruise aboard the Milford Wanderer in New Zealand's visually astounding Milford Sound fiord.


Scenic cruise of Milford Sound
Delicious three-course dinner
Milford Track walk
Wildlife spotting
On board nature guide
Twin-share cabins

What you need to know

Milford Sound's beauty is enhanced to an even further extent by evening as the level of solitude increases - and this overnight cruise aboard the charming Milford Wanderer vessel will kick off the experience with a full-length cruise of Milford Sound that is sure to be eternally memorable! While on board the ship you'll be part of a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by both your fellow travellers and your experienced, friendly nature guide. During the cruise, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many local wildlife that inhabits the fjord, including fur seals that can often be seen basking in the sun on the rocks.

As afternoon turns to evening, we'll drop anchor in a sheltered cove, giving you the chance to go for a swim in the pristine waters of Milford Sound. As nightfall approaches, we'll return via sail to Harrison Cove at which we'll spend the night while enjoying a three-course meal in the ship's cosy saloon and relax or have a friendly chat with your fellow travellers. A great escape from the humdrum of everyday life awaits at New Zealand's Milford Sound! The Milford Wanderer operates from Nov through till March.

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  • Specialist nature guide on board
  • Leisurely, extended full-length cruise of Milford Sound
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities including seals, penguins and dolphins
  • 1 - 1.5-hour walk on the Milford Track
  • English only commentary
  • Interpretation hand-out sheets (eight languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai).
  • Hearty three-course dinner including soups, roast meats, vegetables, salads and desserts (vegetarian option available on request)
  • Cooked or continental breakfast
  • Comfortable twin-share cabins with shared bathroom facilities
  • Full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillow and towel provided


  • Beverages are additional on-board
  • The scenic helicopter flight is not included unless purchased as an optional extra


  • The Milford Wanderer operates from Nov through till March

Seasonal price variation * Prices vary depending on seasons (subject to change). Please call to confirm the price for your preferred tour date * High Season ($$) : Nov - Dec * Peak Season ($$$) : Jan - Mar

Departure Times

Ex Milford Sound

  • 4.30pm (day 1). Check-in is required 30 minutes prior to departure
  • 9.15am (day 2) - Disembark Milford Wanderer

Ex Te Anau

  • 12.45pm (day 1) - Depart Te Anau. Check-in is required 30 minutes prior to departure
  • 4.30pm (day 2) - Board Milford Wanderer
  • 9.15am (day 2) - Disembark Milford Wanderer
  • 12.30 (day 2) - Arrive Te Anau

Ex Queenstown

  • 09:00 (day 1) - depart Queenstown
  • 16:30 - Board Milford Wanderer
  • 09:15 (day 2) - disembark Milford Wanderer 11:40 Arrive Queenstown (by air- if flight option selected)
  • 15:30 - Arrive Queenstown (by coach)

Departure Point

  • Ex Queenstown - Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound
  • If selecting coach cruise option ex Te Anau or Queenstown, you will be picked up from your selected accommodation. Please notify at time of booking.

Additional Information

Vessel Information

  • Milford Wanderer - A traditional style vessel with gaff-rigged ketch sails. Features a dining saloon, viewing decks and 14 private cabins (twins/double beds) and 2 quad-share bunk style cabins all with shared bathroom facilities. Holds a total of 36 passengers overnight

Travel and Coach

  • The journey to Milford from Te Anau and Queenstown is magnificent
  • The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone
  • Our luxury coaches have been purpose built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks
  • Our drivers have been selected for their experience and knowledge, and our schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way
  • Lunch can be purchased en route in Te Anau

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm clothing
  • A change of clothes
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Insect repellent


  • Only one overnight bag is to be brought on board the overnight cruise for passenger convenience and safety reasons


  • What is the difference between Milford and Doubtful Sounds?*

Milford Sound at the mountainous north end of Fiordland National Park is the classic fiord - a deep water inlet between steep sided high mountains. Milford Sound is a middle-sized fiord at around 13 kms in length and it is famous for its dramatic scenery, especially Mitre Peak. This fiord is the most accessible of Fiordland National Park’s 14 fiords and it can be reached by road (coach or car) or by flight connections from Queenstown. Doubtful Sound is located in the heart of Fiordland National Park where the mountains are still very impressive but not as high as Milford Sound. Doubtful Sound is three times longer and has a sea surface area roughly ten times larger than Milford Sound. Its three arms are Hall, Crooked and First Arm. It is famous for its wilderness scenery and wildlife sightings. To travel to Doubtful Sound visitors first take a launch trip across Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass.

Is linen and towels provided on the Milford and Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises?


Additional Information

  • Suitable for most ages, except infants
  • Not suitable for wheelchair passengers due to steep stairs. Should you be after a boat that is more suitable, we would suggest the Milford Mariner

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking, however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction

Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise with optional Flight

88 Beach St, Queenstown, NZ 9197