There is no better way to soak up the majesty of Piopiotahi Milford Sound than aboard the Fiordland Jewel. Our purpose-built catamaran is designed to take in this incredible location, often known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, in total comfort.
With a boutique atmosphere, an overnight experience aboard the Fiordland Jewel is the perfect mix of ultimate relaxation and adventurous exploration, with opportunities for kayaking and tender boat excursions, as well as well-deserved pampering with a soak in the top-deck hot tub and delicious meals cooked by our onboard chef.
Spending the night in this very special part of the world means truly taking in its splendour. Our small group cruises accommodate a maximum of 22 passengers per night, in nine climate-controlled cabins each with ensuite and sea views.
Our onboard helipad means you can be ensconced in this spectacular scenery in just 30 minutes from Queenstown. No matter how you arrive, a night aboard the Fiordland Jewel will be one to remember for years to come.
Sunday December 2, 2023 to Sunday April 7, 2024
Tuesday November 5, 2024 to Monday April 21, 2025
Duration - 17 hours
Check in 2.45pm, board at 3.10pm. Depart 3.25pm. Arrival back next day 9.00am
Available for Exclusive Hire/Private Charter (subject to availability) - Price on Application
Find out more about our Exclusive Hire/Private Charter Milford Sound Heli Lunch Day Cruise here.
TRANSPORT IS AVAILABLE FROM QUEENSTOWN & TE ANAU (*Limited seats available)
Our friendly professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation and return you there following your cruise. Please request transport when making your booking and we will get back to you regarding availability.
Van transfer subject to availability, minimum numbers. (We can also recommend other options if our van is unavailable.)
Helicopter and fixed wing transfers are also available options, either one way or return from Queenstown or Te Anau. Please let us know if you would like us to recommend details of local operators and, if you have reserved a flight/s, which operator you have booked with for our planning. (*Ground transfers are strongly recommended in case your flight is cancelled due to bad weather*)
PARKING IN MILFORD SOUND
If self-driving into Milford, overnight cruise parking is available in the Overnight Cruise parking zone within the coach park (bays 29-34) close to the terminal building. Available from 2.40pm. The rate is NZD $30 overnight. Payment is at the sign posted payment unit within the Visitor Terminal, near the main entrance. (Note: there are 2 payment units - one for overnight cruise parking and the other is for day cruise parking)
In addition to this, free parking can be found in the Deep Water Basin Car Park. If parking here please allow at least 30 minutes to park your vehicle and make your way to the terminal. You are able to drop off passengers and luggage at the terminal. The main car park is charged per hour.
Safe Driving in New Zealand
Driving in New Zealand can be very different to driving at home, with some roads, particularly within the Fiordland National Park, windy and narrow. The scenery itself is spectacular so we highly recommend giving yourself plenty of time to enjoy the journey, and also to ensure you fully understand New Zealand road rules and signs before embarking on your trip.
For information on driving safely in New Zealand please visit DriveSafe.org.nz to learn about our road rules and conditions. For a relaxing journey, we recommend allowing plenty of time for photo stops, lunch/drink breaks and for exploring the local area.
Our large family group of nine sailed on the Fiordland Jewel for their overnight cruise in Milford Sound, and I am finding that words fail me in trying to convey how wonderful it was. We were in the midst of a 3-week trip to New Zealand and Australia, and this was without doubt the highlight of the entire trip.
Hilary, Connecticut, United States
Amazing, personable, and one of a kind experience. The crew and captain were super helpful, kind, and interesting. The boat was impressive, and we 100% want to go back.
Julie, California, United States
Arrive at the Milford Sound terminal (if travelling by road) or land on the boat (if travelling by helicopter)
Cruise down the southern side of the fiord, past Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, the world-renowned Mitre Peak, Mt Pembroke, Bridal Veil Falls and Fairy Falls
If weather permits, we cruise into the mouth of the fiord past Anita Bay, and head into the Tasman Sea for a glimpse of the West Coast, before returning into the sound
Venture up the north side of the fiord past Dale Point, the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, Seal Rock, Stirling Falls, The Lion and the Cascade Range
After cruising, we anchor at Deepwater Basin for the night. There is the opportunity to explore nearby in the on board sea kayaks and tender boat, before returning to the Fiordland Jewel for drinks and a three-course meal
Dawn arrives at 6am in December but can be as late as 8am in March. Watch the sunrise over continental breakfast, which is served 7am-8am, before returning to the terminal at 9.00am
Return to Queenstown or Te Anau
NZ CASH /CURRENCY
SUNSCREEN LOTION & SUNGLASSES
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
SWIMMING COSTUME / TOGS (OPTIONAL)
ONE BAG ONLY, IF POSSIBLE
If you wish to enjoy wine, beer and other beverages from our licensed bar, payment can be made by NZ CASH/CURRENCY, EFTPOS & CREDIT CARD. Please note: Do not bring alcohol on board with you, as this will breach our liquor license