Following hotel pickup in Queenstown, board the luxury coach for a leisurely drive to Milford Sound, part of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Departing the shores of Lake Wakatipu, travel through the scenic countryside to Te Anau for a brief lunch break before continuing along the renowned Milford Road. Your driver provides informative narration and lets you stretch your legs during short walks and photo stops en route to your destination.
Upon arrival, board the Milford Mariner for your Milford Sound overnight cruise. The purpose-built vessel is designed for the fiords, with an observation lounge and large open decks to view the many landmarks, such as Mitre Peak, accompanied by commentary from the nature guide on board.
Keep your camera on hand as you pass waterfalls, rainforests, and glacier-carved cliffs, and search for South Island marine life such as New Zealand fur seals, Fiordland penguins, and bottlenose dolphins.
In the afternoon, the Milford Mariner anchors overnight in the tranquil waters of Harrison Cove. Enjoy kayaking or exploring the shoreline on the tender craft with a guide, or just relax on deck.
Then sate your appetite with a delicious 3-course buffet dinner, served in the spacious dining saloon. If you’d like, you can purchase a drink at the licensed, onboard bar before retiring to your private single or twin-share en-suite cabin.
The next morning, enjoy a cooked breakfast and further cruising before returning to Milford Sound Wharf. After disembarkation, either return to Queenstown by coach or by scenic flight (if upgrade selected).
Optional Upgrade (Coach/Cruise/Fly): End your Milford Sound cruise on a high note aboard a one-way flight from Milford to Queenstown. After discovering Milford Sound from the sea, board the plane for a spectacular aerial view of alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, and rainforests. A courtesy shuttle delivers you from Milford Wharf to the airstrip located only minutes away.
Please note: Flights are weather dependent. If due to unfavorable weather conditions the flight does not operate, you will return to Queenstown by luxury coach and be refunded the difference.