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Small Boat Encounter Nature Cruises


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11 Milford Sound - Fiordland National Park

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Encounter getting close to the local seals!
Our guide showing visitors local artefacts.
Encounter getting soaked by the waterfall!
Encounter from the helicopter by Sinbad Gully


The popular Encounter small boat nature cruise gets you up close and personal to the flora, fauna and wildlife of Milford Sound.

With small numbers onboard, our specialist nature guides love nothing more than showing you the very best of this incredible ecologival haven.

Encounter magnificent sights in detail for 2hr 15mins - catch and drink pure glacial water or feel the power of Stirling Falls.

Delivering you the entire Milford Sound.


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South IslandFiordlandMilford Sound - Fiordland National Park


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C Clarke

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great views of Milford Sound even though it was pouring with rain and foggy!! However the boat was a little overcrowded.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Alice Ormandy


Ranking: 9/10

Very well organised tour with lots of great history and stops along the way! We also did the underwater centre which was interesting but not unmissable. Comfortable boat with rain jackets on board for those daring to go under the waterfalls!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Manu Liberta


Ranking: 10/10

Milford Sound is a very peaceful place! Amazing!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Saw the Milford Sound from a boat, got a free lunch.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Three hour cruise on a rainy day - like almost every day on Milford Sound. Took the early boat, just 8 other people with us. Great experience! Loved all the falls and the landscape. Great guide at Milford Discovery Centre who explained a lot of interesting things.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Bram Hoonhout


Ranking: 8/10

The weather was typical, grey and raining but the Lady Bowen took us along the myriad of waterfalls. The kayaking afterwards was actually the best part, gently cruising along the lakes edge for 1.5 hours, where we were lucky to see a Tawahi Penguin - very cool!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Liam King

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

This cruise did not disappoint. Make sure you get the rain coat before you go outside so you do not lose your place!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Very good company, if you take the first boat in the morning there is a very good breakfast included.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016