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Drive yourself to Piopiotahi / Milford Sound
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Each two hour 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 crew share their stories and local insights, and educate on the wondrous wildlife, geology and history. The highlight of the cruise is as the boat noses under Stirling Falls for a shower under fresh glacial melt! The crew will sing and dance with you as you’re plunged under previously untouched water – only if you’re brave enough of course. 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.

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The Gem of the Sound

Welcome aboard the Gem of the Sound, Piopiotahi / Milford’s only glass roof vessel guaranteeing you the best viewing opportunities in the fiord. 

This custom built catamaran has been specifically designed with Piopiotahi / Milford in mind with her spacious viewing decks, covered outdoor seating area, comfortable booth seating and large windows throughout.

Skipper controlled remote HD cameras project live outdoor footage onto TV screens throughout the boat ensuring you won’t miss a moment of Piopiotahi / Milford no matter where you are on board.

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Dining on board

The scenic on-board Café/Bar serves 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 beers, wines, soup, sandwiches and other grab and go options as well as soft drinks and confectionary.

We do not sell products containing peanuts, and have options for gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian requirements.

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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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