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Book - Milford Sound Boat Cruise: Go Orange


#GoBeyond as you journey on board the newly refurbished Milford Haven ship bringing you a comfortable and quality experience both inside and out. Go Orange pride themselves on their approach to cruising, allowing you and your fellow travelers the time to immerse yourselves fully in the jaw dropping surrounds that has made Milford Sound a must do on your tour of New Zealand.

Enjoy a full two hours out on the waters of NZ's most famous fiord, while soaking in the wilderness, wildlife, waterfalls and generally epic scenery that Milford has to offer. 

You can also experience this tour via coach from Te Anau or Queenstown. For more information on these click on the following links for the tour leaving from Te Anau or leaving from Queenstown

What are the road conditions to Milford like in the winter?

Driving conditions during winter (May to September) can be difficult. Extreme care is needed as freezing temperatures mean the road can ice over in shaded places. During the winter it is mandatory to carry snow chains in your vehicle as the road can sometimes be covered in snow.

At Milford where do you park and go to check in?

There is paid parking in and around the Milford Sound Terminal, this is $10 per hour.  Please allow up to 45 minutes to park your vehicle and transfer to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, where you check in for your cruise.  Check in is required 20 minutes prior to departure. 

How long does it take to get to Milford Sound?

Driving to Milford Sound from Queenstown will take around 5 hours. Te Anau to Milford Sound is a 2 and ½ hours drive. We have added a little extra time to allow for photo stops and short walks. Make sure you fill up your tank at Te Anau as there are no petrol stations in the national park.

What is the weather like in Fiordland?

They say you can never have a bad weather day in Fiordland. If the sun is shining, you're in for a treat, if it's raining, then get ready to be blown away by all the extra waterfalls on show. The rainfall is what makes Fiordland National Park so unique and visitors should be prepared for some rain during their visit, after all it rains 200 days of the year. Temperatures can vary and here is roughly what you can expect in all four seasons.

  • Summer (December-February) 19-23 Celsius / 66 - 73 Fahrenheit 
  • Autumn (March-May) 8-18 Celsius / 46 - 64 Fahrenheit
  • Winter (June-August) 5-9 Celsius / 41 - 48 Fahrenheit
  • Spring (September-November) 10-19 Celsius / 50 - 66 Fahrenheit

Can we purchase food on the boat?

You sure can. They take cash only, so please grab your cash in Te Anau before you get into Fiordland National Park. Go Orange have a great new menu on board with food from some of their favourite Queenstown eateries. They also have salads, Fish and Chips, Chia pots, Vegetable Curry and more. 

How long do we cruise for?

The Milford Sound Cruise is two hours long. Departing the terminal and returning two hours later. You will cruise up the left-hand side of Milford Sound and back down the right. Visiting Seal rocks, the Tasman Sea and the famous Stirling Falls where you can get yourself a free glacial water shower.

What are the chances of seeing Wildlife?

The awesome thing about the wildlife in Fiordland National Park is that it is wild. We cannot guarantee you a wildlife sighting, however we have a pod of dolphins residing in Doubtful Sound so, you may witness these incredible mammals swimming in our bow waves. Seals are also sighted regularly, taking residence upon a collection of rocks in Milford Sound & if you're super lucky then the Fiordland Crested Penguins can sometimes make an appearance.

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