Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise (From Queenstown to Te Anau)

Stop by at Milford Sound halfway through this scenic sightseeing trip from Queenstown to Te Anau for the best overnight cruise in Milford Sound!

This is the perfect itinerary to fit in on your way from Queenstown to Te Anau. Our experienced drivers know all the right places to stop and take in the magnificent views of the Milford Road. Along the way, they will provide you with informative commentary about the region, its history and natural surroundings.

You’ll start by departing from the Milford Sound wharf in the late afternoon and cruising through Milford Sound, accompanied by our specialist nature guide. They’ll explain the history and geology of the area and be on hand to answer your questions. This 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, maybe dolphins and penguins too.

The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove. From here, you can join the guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) or kayaks. If you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place. If you’re feeling brave there’s always the option of a refreshing swim too. All activities are weather dependent. 

As evening falls, you’ll enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon – a feast prepared freshly by our on-site chef. Then it’s time to relax in the company of your fellow traveller, indulge in some star-gazing and story-sharing or simply retire to your private cabin.

The next day you’ll be able to dig into a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord.

What is the difference between Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound?

Milford Sound at the mountainous north end of Fiordland National Park is the classic fiord - a deep water inlet between steep sided high mountains. Milford Sound is a middle-sized fiord at around 13km in length and is famous for its dramatic scenery, especially Mitre Peak. This fiord is the most accessible of Fiordland National Park’s 14 fiords and it can be reached by bus, car or flight connections from Queenstown.

Doubtful Sound is located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, where the mountains are still very impressive but not as high as Milford Sound. Doubtful Sound is three times longer and has a sea surface area roughly ten times larger than Milford Sound. It is famous for its wilderness scenery and wildlife sightings. To get to Doubtful Sound visitors, first take a launch trip across Lake Manapouri and drive over Wilmot Pass.

Additional Information

  • Duvets, sheets and towels provided
  • Accommodation options on-board (the boat sleeps 60):
    • Private cabins with ensuites (twin, double or single occupancy)
    • Infants are not suitable for quad share bunk-style compartments
  • Customers are to provide own baby cot if they are bringing along infants for this overnight cruise
  • There is complimentary coffee and tea on-board
  • Snacks and beverages (from a licensed bar) are available for purchase on-board
  • Luxury coaches also depart daily from Te Anau, with free transfers from most accommodation


2 Working Days
1 Night
Hotel Pickup and Dropoff
Voucher Type
Present to Tour Operator
No Amendments Allowed
No Refunds Allowed

Operating Hours

Coach typically departs Real Journeys Visitor Centre - Queenstown at 0900hrs. A confirmation voucher with the timing stated will be sent to you after your booking has been confirmed.

You will arrive at Te Anau at approximately 1300hrs.

What You Get


  • Hotel transfers and transportation from Queenstown, then to Te Anau
  • Cruise throughout beautiful Milford Sound, with on-board specialist nature guide providing insightful commentary
  • Accommodation in twin/double private cabins with ensuite
  • Three-course plated dinner for Day 1
  • Continental breakfast prepared on-board for Day 2
  • Option to explore shoreline by kayak or small boat
  • Personal expenses (optional)
How to Use
Please present your voucher at the meeting point to exchange for your tickets.

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damage caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences are subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be provided to customers under the following circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
    • 50% of the amount will be refunded to customers for cancellation made at least 7 days prior the departure date
    • 80% of the amount will be refunded to customers for cancellation made at least 14 days prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of latecomers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be entertained

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subject to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Hotel pickup/dropoff available. You will be advised at the point of booking on where your pickup/dropoff location will be (depending on your accommodation)

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Twin Share (Adult)
Age 15 and above
Twin Share (Child)
Age 1 to 14 years old
Sole Adult
Age 15 and above

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