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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Queenstown

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We do offer pick up from most Queenstown hotels. Please contact our Contact Centre to advise on where you will be staying.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    2 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 1x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Queenstown
    • Luxury coach transfers with commentary from Queenstown to Mildford Sound (5-hours in each direction)
    • Overnight Milford Sound Cruise
    • Private cabins with en suite bathrooms
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Te Anau
    • Drinks, fully licensed bar is available on cruise
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vessel information: The cruise has spacious viewing decks, dining saloon, fully licensed bar and observation lounge.
    • Need to bring: Non-slip shoes/ boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent, swimwear (optional), camera, cash for bar and snacks. Overnight bag only required.
    • Maximum capacity - sleeps 60
    • Aircraft is a twin-engine 7 to 9-seater Britten Normal Islander.
    • IMPORTANT: Flights are weather dependent. If due to unfavorable weather conditions the flight does not operate, you will return to Queenstown by luxury coach and refunded the difference.
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please add additional products to your cart for any extra cabins required.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 64 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 6 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 5 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    From the bus ride with driver Cameron to all the staff on the ship I felt so comfortable and learnt many things about New Zealand - the culture and the environment. It was a wonderful way to spend a night on our honeymoon. The three course dinner was amazing followed in the
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    Very pleased with the way 'Real Journeys' conducted their cruise. My wife and I were picked up at The Scenic hotel by taxi and taken directly to the Real Journeys centre. This was arranged for us and we just had to be at the hotel reception ready. The coach journey seemed early
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    My girlfriend and I first went with RealJourneys on the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, and simply loved every single element of it. The food, the crew, the course, everything from top to bottom exceeded our expectations. Because of that, we decided to do the overnight for
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    Milford Sound is a stunning location, best experienced in a leisurely and receptive manner, not rushed and hurried. So why try to fit it in after a long drive when you'll only have a hour or so to appreciate a natural marvel? The tidy and neat Milford Mariner is the perfect
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    We saw everything Milford Sound has to offer: sunshine in the evening and the typical rain / wind / mist in the morning which meant that waterfalls appeared from everywhere! Cabins aren't very big, but it's only for one night; food and drink were plentiful. I suggest you add on
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    About the operator
    By: Real Journeys
    Great...if you can get there
    There have been torrential rains and many slips which caused some sections of the roads to wash out. Traffic to
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    Local tourist
    A great Fiord Day trip
    This was a good day... its a little expensive and there should be cheaper rates for NZers taking tourists. The
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    Milford Sound, a little disappointing.
    I have rated this excursion 5 star, simply because our driver / guide Mike provided an extensive, very interesting
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    Leighann Z
    Suffern, New York
    Much more than we expected
    We booked this last minute and didn’t expect that much. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. The boat ride was
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    Sydney, Australia
    Excellent experience
    The Navigator is impeccably clean with excellent staff and crew. This was a great overnight experience on Doubtful
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    No Doubt About this Day Cruise
    Per Kiwis, Doubtful Sound is better than Milford Sound and thus well worth the effort. Real Journeys makes it
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    Very interesting and well organized experience!
    Had a wonderful time visiting the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves. The entire experience from the boat ride through the
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    Linda A
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    Great day out!
    This was a lovely day out. Trip consisted of a 50 min (fairly fast) ride across Manapouri Lake. We then took a 50
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    London, United Kingdom
    Great afternoon early evening trip
    The steam trip from Queenstown to Walter Peak was very enjoyable. You are able to see the engine running and the
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    Sydney, Australia
    A must see in Te Anau
    The whole experience was wonderful. The boat ride across to the caves was informative & spectacular. All the staff
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