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Cruising on Milford Sound with Mitre Peak Cruises

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Mitre Peak Cruises Fiordland

Fiordland crested penguins, Milford Sound

Mitre Peak Cruises Fiordland

Mitre Peak Cruises

Mitre Peak Cruises operate smaller vessels that will get you up close and personal with Milford Sound.  Sheer rock faces, glacial hanging valleys, thick native forest and local wildlife such as fur seal colonies, Fiordland crested penguins or pods of dusky dolphins will delight you and the kids. Mitre Peak Cruises is the only cruise boat that goes past St Anne’s lighthouse and ventures into the Tasman Sea so you can experience a return into the fiord just like the first sealers did. This cruise is fun, educational and enjoyable for the whole family.   

Discover Milford Sound with Mitre Peak Cruises for an unforgettable New Zealand experience. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth Wonder of the World – and more recently voted the number one spot in New Zealand by Kiwi's and visitors alike – Milford Sound’s deep icy waters, sheer rock faces, glacial hanging valleys, thick native forest and local wildlife are best seen by boat.

Ask about our KIDS GO FREE promotion during NZ School holidays.
Valid on 9.55am & 3.15pm cruises only.
Must be with full fare-paying adult (Max 2 per adult). 

Adult from $95, Child from $30, Under 4s FREE (cruise-only).   
Add-on visit to the Underwater Observatory available on most cruises. 
Enquire for our tours departing Queenstown or 
Te Anau.   

Options for discovering Milford Sound include: -

  1. Return coach and cruise (available ex. Te Anau or Queenstown)
  2. Coach, cruise and scenic flight (available ex. Te Anau or Queenstown)
  3. Self-drive to Milford Sound and depart for cruise and or cruise/underwater observatory visit from the Visitor Terminal

A trip with Mitre Peak Cruises will have you traversing the deep waters of Milford Sound for an educational and enjoyable two hour experience.  The informative guides will point out scenic highlights along the way such as the Bowen Falls (dropping 160 metres seaward), Sinbad Gully (a classic example of a hanging valley), snow-capped Mount Pembroke, and the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak itself, towering 1692 metres from the ocean floor.  

With operating smaller launches (approximately 20 metres) Mitre Peak Cruises will have you closer to the shoreline and up close and personal to some incredible surroundings.  Young and old will too be amazed if you should encounter the local fur seal colonies – once nearly hunted to extinction – the rare Fiordland crested penguins or pods of dusky dolphins. 

Cruise Overview
  • Two boats (approx 20 metres) both purpose-built for Milford waters
  • Strictly limited passenger numbers
  • Cruise lasts two hours
  • Free tea and coffee on board
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Knowledgeable guides and informative commentary
  • Free for children under 5
  • Smaller boats makes for a more ‘up close’ tour
  • Cruises start/end at Milford Sound visitor terminal
  • Option to add a visit to the Underwater Observatory

For full information on cruise timetable and pricing and available package deals click here.

Underwater Observatory

A visit to the Milford Deep Underwater Observatory is an optional extra that you can add onto your cruise experience that allows visitors to descend 10.4 metres below the Sound’s surface to witness the vibrant underwater life first hand.  The fully air-conditioned viewing room provides a unique opportunity to view the real life environment below the surface of the fiord – so different from the artificial environment of an aquarium. Rare black and red corals can be seen as well as anemones, sponges, sea stars, horse mussels and a multitude of fish.

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Our favourite destinations…

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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.