Milford Sound Red Boat Cruises


Red Boat beneather waterfallDaily. Winter season (May 1 to September 30) Cruise only 11.00am; Cruise and Underwater Observatory 12.25pm and 1.30pm.

Summer season (October 1 to April 30) cruise only 9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm; Cruise and Underwater Observatory 10.30am, 3.00pm; Milford Adventurer including Underwater Observatory 12.25pm.


Scenic cruiseWinter season Cruise only 1hour 45minutes; Cruise and Observatory 12.25pm departure 3hours, 1.30pm departure 1hr 45min.

Summer season Cruise only 1hr 45mins; Cruise and Observatory 2hr 15mins; Milford Adventurer 3hours

All cruises depart from Milford Sound Wharf at Freshwater Basin, which is two hours drive by car or scheduled coach from Te Anau. Coaches from Queenstown take five hours and operate daily to coincide with afternoon cruise departures and return that evening. Great Sights operates day return coach excursions from Te Anau and Queenstown including a cruise. Coach/cruise/fly options are available.


Underwater observatoryMilford Sound is a fjord of spectacular beauty within the Fiordland National Park. You will cruise down the south side of the Sound to the Tasman Sea and return along the northern shore. The towering mountains, often snow capped, and deep blue water is an image of New Zealand known around the world. Some cruises include a visit to a new underwater observatory.


Socialising on deckFull commentary on the history and all the flora and fauna of the sound. Admission to Underwater Observatory where applicable. Complimentary tea and coffee on all cruises. Fully licensed bar. Snack food available on all cruises.

Optional meals are available. A buffet lunch is served on 1pm and 1.30pm departures but must be pre-ordered on 11am departures. Snack Packs, available on all departures, and the Fiordland Crayfish Luncheon must be pre-ordered.


Luxury cruisingRed Boats are luxurious cruising catamarans which operate from the Milford Sound Wharf in Freshwater Basin, originally the anchorage for the Milford fishing fleet. See the Bowen falls which drop 160 metres (526 feet) and Cemetery Point named for the mounds of rubble brought down by the falls and resembling graves. Cruise past Sinbad Gully and Mitre Peak, at 1692 metres (5560 feet) one of the highest mountains in the world rising straight from an ocean floor. Cruise close to the rock face at Fairy Falls and try to catch a cupful of pure alpine water. Pass the lighthouse at St Anne's Point whose light is visible 22 kilometres (14 miles) out to sea and Dale Point into the Tasman Sea. The water here is only 27 metres (75 feet) deep while the rest of the fjord is well over 1000 feet deep.

Turning around you pass Stirling Falls and Seal Point and see the Southern Fur Seals at one of the few places in the sound they can climb from the water to the rocks. Some cruises stop at Harrison Cove to visit the new Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. See the permanently snow capped Mount Pembroke, one of the highest in the fjord at 2000 metres (6561 feet). Pass by Fishermans Wharf, today's home to the fishing fleet whose catch is mainly crayfish. Stop at Sandfly Point to pick up hikers at the end of the world-famous Milford Track, a 54 kilometre (33.5 mile) three day walk from Te Anau to Milford Sound over Mackinnon Pass.


Price per person: From $45.00 - cruise only
From $60.00 - cruise & observatory

Child: From $10.00 - cruise only
From $18.00 - cruise & observatory

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