Milford Sound cruises destination information
|Milford Sound itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Jan 15, 2020||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $3240|
|Jan 4, 2020||New Zealand Discovery, 14 nights||from $3016|
|Dec 8, 2019||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $2822|
|Apr 2, 2020||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $3105|
|Feb 2, 2020||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $3582|
|Dec 8, 2019||Sydney to Auckland, 7 Nights||from $640|
|Jan 7, 2020||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $3779|
|Jan 18, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $4132|
|Mar 27, 2020||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $2794|
|Jan 18, 2020||New Zealand Discovery, 14 nights||from $2080|
|Dec 1, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 10 nights||from $1263|
|Dec 11, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 11 nights||from $923|
|Jan 13, 2020||Australia and New Zealand, 10 nights||from $1419|
|Feb 1, 2020||Fly Cruise Holiday Auckland to Sydney, 1 Night Hotel in Auckland and 7 Nights Cruise||from $1250|
|Nov 21, 2020||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $3355|
|Oct 26, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3849|
|Nov 29, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3823|
|Feb 29, 2020||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $3181|
|Dec 2, 2019||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $4182|
|Feb 2, 2020||Auckland to Sydney, 7 Nights||from $1185|
The Stunning Main Port of Milford Sound
Milford Sound, located in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, is justifiably the world's top travel destination and New Zealand's most well known scenic attractions. Every year it attracts about 1 million visitors to feast their eyes on the beauty of this landscape draws.
In rainy and stormy days visitors can enjoy the play of the wind with the numerous waterfalls in Milford Sound. Activities as tramping, canoeing and some other water sports are popular. The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day. An underwater tourist observatory found in one of the bays of the sound provides viewing of black coral, usually only found in much deeper waters.
Milford Sound was initially overlooked by European explorers, because its narrow entry did not appear to lead into such large interior bays. Sailing ship captains such as James Cook, who bypassed Milford Sound on his journeys for just this reason, also feared venturing too close to the steep mountainsides, afraid that wind conditions would prevent escape (this refers to Doubtful Sound, so named as Cook thought it doubtful he would escape if he sailed in).
Cruise Port: What to do in Milford Sound
No matter how many photos and videos of Milford Sound you see before you cruise to New Zealand, nothing can prepare you for the magnitude of this natural wonderland. Carved by ancient glaciers and once described as the eighth Wonder of the World, this is truly New Zealand at its finest, and it should come as no surprise that this is the country's number one attraction.
Here you'll discover some of the most epic and beautiful scenery in the world, and you'll have the opportunity to take a closer look with tours and excursions that will make the experience all the more memorable. There's every chance this will be the highlight of your New Zealand cruise, so make sure you plan ahead!
Getting around in Milford Sound
The township of Milford Sound in New Zealand is tiny, and consists of not much more than a few shops, a couple of hotels, and a small port. Most cruise ships will tender passengers to the dock so you can explore this gorgeous part of the world even further.
In most cases, you won't need to â€˜get around' Milford Sound at all. You can walk around the area once you disembark, and any additional tour option you take will usually offer pick ups
from the visitors' centre or right from the dock.
Bus coaches are available to take you further inland. Te Anau is roughly two hours away, while Queenstown is approximately four hours away by vehicle. Both of these routes are worthwhile for the scenery along the way along, and both offer the chance to see more of New Zealand.
Money matters in Milford Sound
The currency here is the New Zealand dollar. While most stores offer credit card payments, it's always handy to have cash on hand for smaller transactions (such as souvenirs!).
Prices for the basics are as you would expect in a small tourist destination, but it's likely that you'll spend more time exploring outdoors than inside shopping for goods in this spot anyway!
Local culture in Milford Sound
The history of Milford Sound is both extremely old and extremely young. Its epic and dramatic scenery was formed by glaciers moving their way through the region, creating massive peaks and bays that are up to 400 metres deep in some places.
It's believed that the Maori discovered the area roughly 1,000 years ago, and that they would make a visit to this precious place to collect greenstone (pounamu). British explorers would later arrive and incorrectly name the area a sound, when in fact it is actually a fjord.
It wasn't until 1954 that New Zealanders could actually access Milford Sound. It took 19 years to build the 1.2-kilometre Homer Tunnel to make it the first and only sound in the country to be accessible by car.
There are few who call this space home, but like the rest of New Zealand, you'll find them wonderfully welcoming and kind. This is a place where people truly respect their natural environment and they will expect you to do the same.
Internet services in Milford Sound
Due to the remoteness of the location, Wi-Fi services are hard to come by.
You can stop in at the Blue Duck Cafe & Bar for a snack and a drink to use their connection, and you may be able to connect on board some of the coach services that run between Milford Sound and Queenstown or Te Anau.
Things to do in Milford Sound
When you board your ship, you'll be given the option of booking shore tours in each destination. It might not sound like much, but sitting down, reading through the options and descriptions of each trip, making a shortlist of your favourites and picking which ones you'll do is one of the most exciting parts of the experience. Not only is it an easy way to ensure you're getting out and enjoying the best of each port, it's also an extremely convenient way of organising it all, as costs will simply be charged to your account. Plus, each trip is designed specifically to fit within the timeframe you have in each place.
You can of course look to book tours and experiences in ports independently. This option certainly has its advantages, namely that it's often cheaper than booking through the cruise line. Plus, tours you book tend to be less busy, and can show you places a little further off the beaten tourist track. That said, if you wish to book your own, double and triple check the times you expect to return to the boat, as you can run the risk of missing your departure time.
Milford Sound township
Give yourself a moment to simply wander around the township of Milford Sound. Barely bigger than a village, the place feels as much like a movie set as an actual place where people live.
Stop for a bite to eat and a coffee in one of the cafes, pick up a few souvenirs and enjoy the spectacular scenery in every direction before heading out for bigger adventures outdoors. You can even use this time to help you decide what to do in Milford Sound.
There is something quite magical about kayaking through Milford Sound.
This is the one experience where you get to experience the scenery from the water on your own accord, as you paddle about the bays at your own pace. Tours will give you an up-close view of the waterfalls as you paddle close enough to feel the spray on your face, and may even introduce you to some of New Zealand's most gorgeous wildlife - fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and penguins.
You don't need to be an experienced kayaker to enjoy this adventure, simply bring a camera and get ready to be amazed.
Milford Sound is one of those special places where one of the best things to do when you arrive on your cruise is simply more cruising.
You'll arrive and head into port, then jump right back on another boat. This one will be somewhat smaller, and it will spend a few hours taking you around the inlets and bays of the sound. There are a handful of companies and tours to choose from, but they all offer exceptional views of the area, visits to massive waterfalls, and the odd wildlife encounter with the seals and dolphins that call this place home.
Try something completely different and get into the air where you can soar above the sound and appreciate the wonder below you in a whole new way.
There are a range of flight options from tour operators in the area, and they will all create memories you will cherish forever. One of the most spectacular views is that of Mitre Peak, an iconic and favourite mountain that stands out in even this most scenic of places.
Should you wish to explore a little further afield, coach tours can take you out of Milford Sound and further inland to places such as Te Anau and Queenstown.
Like Milford Sound, Te Anau offers a small town vibe and beautiful scenery. Plus, this is where you'll find the largest lake in the South Island, Lake Te Anau.
Queenstown is a little different. This city is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, and there is certainly no shortage of activities to get your blood pumping. It's the birthplace of the bungee jump and the jet boat, and there are plenty of perfectly good planes to fling yourself from mid-flight. Of course, the scenery here is nothing to be sniffed at, either.
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