• Milford Sound Overnight

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

It seems most people have heard of Milford Sound – the eighth wonder of the world, but if you haven’t, then let me recap. Milford Sound is in fact a fiord created by an ancient glacier carving its way through the rock. Located in the southwest of the South Island and known for its towering Mitre Peak, rainforests, waterfalls and home to New Zealand Fur Seal colonies, penguins and dolphins.

The overnight cruise departs from Milford Wharf daily (Mid Sept – Mid May) between 3.30-4.30pm and travels up the fiord taking in the two largest waterfalls, Lady Bowen and Stirling Falls before returning to Harrison Cove for the evening.  Once moored, water activities including kayaking or cruising the shores by tender vessel commence or you can choose to simply stay onboard to soak up these awe-inspiring views from the boat.  Then it’s time to meet in the Saloon for Drinks, a Delicious Buffet Dinner and to enjoy the company of your fellow travellers. Following dinner, enjoy a nature presentation by their onboard Nature Guide or head out on the deck for star gazing, before retiring to your private cabin. The Mariner sleeps up to 60 people and includes Single/Double/Twin & Quad Cabins, all with their own bathroom.

The following morning and after continental and cooked buffet breakfast, the Mariner leaves Harrison Cove and cruises the full length of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea.  The cruise takes in further waterfalls, visits a seal colony before returning to Milford Wharf at 9.00am.

Apart from driving into Milford Sound, the cruise can be packaged with return coach transfers from either Te Anau or Queenstown. There is also an option to upgrade to a scenic plane or helicopter flight taking in the spectacular alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest.

The overnight option is ideal for those wanting to experience Milford at its best, when all the day visitors have left, and the fiord is yours to explore at a leisurely pace.   In my opinion the overnight option is the ultimate way to experience Milford Sound.

Experience the Milford Sound Overnight Cruise with one of these packages:
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Ultimate New Zealand – 21 days, Auckland to Christchurch by independent coach.
Southern Walking Adventure –  8 days, exploring the beautiful Fiordland National Park and Hollyford Guided Walk.


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Contact Details

Phone Us
+64 3 3555 990
+64 21 461 971

Our Physical Address
21 Verona Place, Ohoka
Christchurch 7692
New Zealand

Our Postal Address
PO Box 36437, Merivale
Christchurch 8146
New Zealand


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Terms & Conditions

Booking Terms & Conditions:


All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars and includes 15% GST (Goods & Services Tax).


Pricing is subject to availability and confirmation of the stated itinerary at time of booking.  If we are unable to confirm the stated hotels and services, we will endeavour to confirm substitutes at similar rates, however additional costs may apply.

Rental Car Terms & Conditions:

Inclusions: unlimited kilometres, airport/ferry collection fee, full insurance (subject to reduced excess), front windscreen cover, personal accident insurance, guaranteed replacement vehicle in case of accident.

Exclusions: insurance excess reduction of $345.00 including GST (note, standard insurance excess is $3,450.00 including GST), bond, petrol costs, one way fee ($57.50), optional extras, (all additional expenses to be paid direct)

Payment Policy

We do require a non-refundable deposit of NZD$250.00 per person before we go ahead with securing any reservations.

In addition, some of our suppliers may require further deposits to cover their strict cancellation policies, in this case we would advise you at the time of quoting and confirming your itinerary.

The balance of your booking would be required 45 days prior to your travel date.   If you book inside 45 days, full payment would be required at time of booking.

Payment can be made by electronic wire transfer and should include the additional NZD $25.00 bank fee.   We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.

Bank Account Details

Bank Name & Address: Westpac Bank, Mid City Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Account Name: Inspired New Zealand Travel

BSB Number: 03-0296

Account Number: 0011146-000

Swift/Routing Code: WPACNZ2W 


We are happy to amend your itinerary and dates, however please keep in mind that some of the original services may not be available for your new dates, which may incur additional costs for substituted services.   Amendment fees may apply with multiple changes.

Cancellation Fees

Once Confirmed               Non-refundable Deposit of NZD $250.00 per person

Inside 45 – 21 Days          A Cancellation fee of 30% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 20 – 8 days             A Cancellation fee of 50% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 7 Days                      Full Cancellations, 100% charge

We will however do our very best to recover and minimise these cancellation fees but recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to cover yourself.


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