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Bowen Falls at the Milford Sound harbour

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Self-Drive & Cruise

Drive yourself to Piopiotahi / Milford Sound
Maiden of Milford departing Stirling Falls
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Each cruise exploration travels the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea and back, with the crew pointing out the highlights of their place such as cascading waterfalls, local flora and fauna and ever changing natural wonders. The Pure Milford team share their stories and local insights, and educate on the wondrous wildlife, geology and history. The highlight of the cruise is when the boat noses close to Stirling Falls so you can feel the spray of fresh glacial melt! Tea and coffee is complimentary throughout the cruise, with a licensed Café Bar offering hot and cold refreshments. Driving time from Te Anau is 2.5 hours, and 4.5 hours from Queenstown with paid parking available within walking distance of the terminal.

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Enjoying the amazing view through the glass roof on the Gem of the Sound
Our vessels

Maiden & Gem

We are proud to offer two modern catamarans for cruising at Piopiotahi / Milford Sound; Maiden of Milford and Gem of the Sound.

Both vessels have been carefully refurbished with the fiord in mind with spacious viewing decks, large windows, and even skipper controlled remote HD cameras! These cameras project live outdoor footage onto TV screens throughout the boat ensuring you won’t miss a moment of Piopiotahi / Milford Sound no matter where you are on board.


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On board Cafe & Bar serving hot and cold refreshments

Dining on board

There is a scenic on-board Café/Bar on both of our vessels serving up a variety of hot and cold refreshments throughout the cruise to keep those sightseeing hunger pangs at bay. Tea and coffee is complimentary.

Choose from a variety of local beverages, sandwiches, pies and other grab and go options as well as soft drinks and confectionary.

We have options for gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian requirements.

While we can accept credit cards, we recommend bringing cash for on-board purchases due unreliable connectivity in the fiord. 

Travelling the Milford Road; entering the Cleddau Valley from the Homer Tunnel

Safety tips for driving to Piopiotahi / Milford Sound

The Milford road is beautiful, but it has its challenges. Here are a few of our top tips for driving to Piopiotahi / Milford Sound.

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