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Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise


Operated by Real Journeys, the cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky dolphins and penguins. The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) and kayaks. Or, if you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place or go for a swim (if you’re brave enough). As evening falls, enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon, prepared freshly by our onboard chef. Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin. In the morning, dig into a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord. The Milford Mariner includes spacious viewing decks, dining saloon/fully licensed bar and observation lounge. Private cabins with ensuites (twin, double or single occupancy) and a specialist nature guide is on board.

Returning to Queenstown

Twin / Double




1st October - 19th December (High)

NZ$ 613

NZ$ 1,009

20th December - 31st March (Peak)

NZ$ 642

NZ$ 1,070

April 2018 (Low)

NZ$ 457

NZ$ 744


Returning to Te Anau

Twin / Double




1st October - 19th December (High)

NZ$ 570

NZ$ 966

20th December - 31st March (Peak)

NZ$ 599

NZ$ 1,027

April 2018 (Low)

NZ$ 435

NZ$ 722

Milford Sound scenic flight return to Queenstown 

By helicopter:

Departing from Milford Sound, your Milford Helicopter pilot will follow the fiord and fly up the Harrison Valley over to Mount Tutoko where you will land on the Donne Glacier (if the weather is kind). You will have the opportunity here to take photos from the glacier looking out and across the beautiful New Zealand landscape. A photo from such a vantage point is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will remember forever. Following this you will fly onto Queenstown where we will deliver you to your Queenstown accommodation. Door to door service and aeriel memories to last a lifetime!


Helicopter  NZ $800 pp

Duration 30 minutes


Milford Helicopters is owned and operated by Jeff & Natalie Shanks in Te Anau. Chief pilot Jeff Shanks has been flying in the Fiordland area since 1986. Milford Helicopters is the only aviation firm with an office and hanger buildings at Milford Sound aerodrome. 



If the Helicopter is not available due to either of the reasons below, you will return to Queenstown via our coach:

  • adverse weather conditions on the day

  • the required minimum numbers are not reached (the cost per person is based on a minimum of 4)

For these reasons you will be charged for the flight on the day.

All rates are New Zealand dollars and inclusive of GST (Goods & Services Tax), per person, and valid for travel during the 2017/18 Season.