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Cruise Milford

Experience Milford Sound the Local Way

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Uncrowded Cruises

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We are the only cruise operator to limit passenger numbers on all departures to 50% of the boats capacity to be able to guarantee a much more personal experience.

Best Customer Service

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Cruise Milford has been rated the #1 cruise operator at Milford on TripAdvisor for 6 years running. We are very proud to have been voted one of the Top 10 Experiences for New Zealand in 2019 & 2020, plus one of the Top 10 Experiences for the entire South Pacific Region in 2020.

Support Local

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Cruise Milford is the only local family owned & operated day cruise company at Milford Sound. We love to share our passion about this very special place with all of our guests.

Cruise Milford Sound, New Zealand


Experience Milford Sound the local way by joining us on board our award-winning boutique small boat cruise. Cruise Milford is the only family-owned and operated day cruise company at Milford Sound. We guarantee an uncrowded and much more personal experience by limiting passenger numbers on board all cruise departures to 50% of the boat’s capacity. Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits while getting up close and personal with local wildlife and cascading waterfalls.

Voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in New Zealand by TripAdvisor for 2019 and 2020 and one of the Top 10 Experiences in the South Pacific Region for 2020

Milford Sound Info

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Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Milford Sound and some things you never even thought to ask!

Milford Sound History

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Learn the long and interesting history of the Milford Sound.

Getting There

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Whether you want to drive, fly or bus there, we show you how.

Should you wish to take a helicopter or a bus to Milford Sound, we can assist with that.

We have over 40 years of experience living and working in the Fiordland area, and we can guarantee that you will be talking about your trip to Fiordland and Milford Sound for the rest of your life. Come and see what you’ve been missing!

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Explore the Beautiful Milford Sound

With Cruise Milford, you travel on smaller boats, which are less crowded and where our local crew offer a much more informative and personal tour of Milford Sound. We really love showing visitors this amazing place, and we know you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Fiordland is a designated World Heritage Site that takes you back in time to a magical wilderness that you may have thought no longer existed. Driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound, you will see why the Lord of the Rings was filmed in this stunning scenery.

Please download our free PDF Guide to driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound to ensure that you get to see all the best locations on the way. Just getting to Milford Sound is half the experience!

TripAdvisor's #1 Tour in Milford Sound

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Highly Recommend Cruise Milford!

HIGHLY recommend Cruise Milford over the other boat tour companies - the ship is smaller, less people, has multiple outdoor viewing options and the narration from our boat driver was great. We did the 9:45am tour and recommend that (leave from Te Anau around 7am) as there were fewer people and it's before the tour buses arrive. The ride is smooth (we went once in pouring rain and once in the sun) and the views are worth it. Recommend booking in advance but we did walk up to the first cruise of the day today and got tickets.

– Julie J | Google Reviews
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Wonderful experience!

Wonderful experience! Our captain was professional, funny, and had an incredible knowledge about New Zealand and Milford Sound. The cruise was comfortable and smooth. Highly recommend this company if you are wanting to see the incredible beauty of Milford Sound!

– James Nash-Howe | Google Reviews
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Recommend to all!

There are so many cruises you can choose, but we picked Cruise Milford as a local company and a smaller boat. They truly delivered! A very intimate experience with plenty of space (as we saw the hoards of crowds boarding the other large boats we knew we made the right choice). And a bonus: because their boat is smaller we could get up close to some of the waterfalls and it was such a magical experience all around. Recommend to all!

– Becca Potter - Google Reviews
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10/10 BEST boat tour to see Milford Sound!! If you are trying to find the best tour when going to Milford Sound, look no further! Cruise Milford is a family run business and we had an excellent time cruising with them. We saw seals on our tour and also had tea and cookies as well. It was such a pleasant experience and special that we got to see Milford Sound on an unusually sunny day. Highly recommend booking with them for this once in a lifetime cruise through the 8th wonder of the world!

– Brianna Seaberg | Google Review
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We had an absolutely awesome day with Cruise Milford. Knowledgeable commentary, amazing scenery and the friendly staff, who was happy to talk to us and tell anecdotes about the area, made our day. Thanks so much! We can highly recommend!

– Janina R. | TripAdvisor
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An Amazing Day!

We cruised on Friday. It was so spectacular and was so impressed with the staff and the experience they gave us. With getting us close to some waterfalls and wildlife. It was great listening to them talk about the area they were so knowledgeable. Will hopefully be back one day!!

– Fran M. | TripAdvisor
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What a fantastic day. The experience started when we got in the van and were greeted by Kreig. He really made our trip. Stopped at places with spectacular photo opportunities. Such a wealth of local and NZ knowledge. You can’t go wrong with this company. I chose them as it was a small group tour. I got that and so much more.

– Jane R. | TripAdvisor
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Well Worth the Time!

If you are going to book a trip to Milford please use these guys! Such a good experience, Jonno was astounding with the knowledge he could provide over the duration of the trip. We were shown some good points of interest and got to experience the cruise on a good rainy day! Definitely recommend going with Milford Cruises.

– Leon T. | TripAdvisor
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Wonderful Tour!

We had a wonderful time, Rod our tour guide and the skipper were fantastic, they made our journey special. They explained everything and showed us everything there was to be seen, they were knowledgeable and funny. Highly recommend. Thank you guys!

– Maria P. | TripAdvisor