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rickzalucki Nov 23rd, 2005 03:58 AM

Milford Sound overnight
Calling on any & all Milford Sound experts! I understand there are a few different choises for companies that offer the overnight cruise. Are they all basically the same or does any one company stand out from the others? Many thanks for any advice

Tim_and_Liz Nov 23rd, 2005 05:38 AM

Hi Rick,
As far as I am aware, there is only one company that does the overnight cruise. There are other companies that do overnight kayaking.

rickzalucki Nov 23rd, 2005 02:51 PM

Hi Tim & Liz,
thanks for the info. I thought there was the Red boat and one other(Milford explorer?) in addition to Real Journeys but maybe my info is wrong.....I'll dig some more into it. Did you do the real journeys overnight? if so, how was it?

vbca Nov 24th, 2005 11:14 AM

Hi Rick,

There is presently just one company doing overnight tours on Milford Sount, and it's Real Journeys. Red Boats used to do overnighters, in fact they started the craze, but they have sold the boat to a Middle eastern oil billionaire, and it is currently being fitted out as a luxuty yacht.

There are a couple of other companies do overnighters on Doubtful Sound, but Real Journeys is by far the largest, and definitely the best.

Overnights on Milford cost NZ$325 per person on the Milford mariner (en Suite cabins) or NZ$199 per person on the Milford Wanderer (Quad Share cabins , think Back Packer accommodation). THis includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, and all water activities, such as kayaking, swimming (if you are brave enough), wildlife viewing, and on shore trips.

Fantastic experience, worth breaking the bank for.

rickzalucki Nov 24th, 2005 01:23 PM

thanks a bunch for the info....real journeys it is. I can't wait.....sounds like it will be a great time

viking Nov 24th, 2005 03:11 PM

I took the overnight boat, except during the daytime at a fraction of the cost, by taking the realjourneys "nature" cruise rather than their regular shorter daycruise. They pointed out where the anchor at night, and it seemed far from the classic good scenery (although there were low clouds there).

Didn't seem too appealing to go out there so late at end of daylight, then just get a bit more in the morning, but I guess nights are getting shorter. With 2 days and one night I would want to sleep in Te Anau and put $ toward Milford day trip one day and Doubtful sound the other.

Tim_and_Liz Nov 24th, 2005 04:02 PM

Hi Rick,
No, I have not taken the Milford overnight cruise. We are going to drive Milford Road ourselves during the day and possibly take a short afternoon cruise on the sound. We have booked an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys though for January.

Daneille Nov 24th, 2005 05:53 PM

I did the overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner a few years ago and it was fantastic. Viewing the scenery from the water is beyond compare. The boat ducks into little nooks and crannies and right up to the waterfalls. We even went out into the Tasman to see Milford sound from open water. The cabins (for a boat) are very good - with ensuite bathrooms. The food is good and plentiful (if not gourmet). The crew that we had were excellent and very knowledgable about the area. We also did a tour of the acquarium the next morning which was worthwhile.

vbca Nov 24th, 2005 05:59 PM

Don't let Viking put you off. Certainly you can go on either the Mariner or the Wanderer during the day; no one can afford to have a $3,000,000 boat sitting round doing nothing, so they use them for daytime cruises as well.

The experience of waking up in the sounds, particularly when the mist is low on the water, is just out of this world. I've worked on fishing boats off the Fiordland Coast, and spent months in the area, and I still never tire of it.

Don't get the idea that I have any connection with Real Journeys. In fact I run a motel in Te Anau, and the overnight tours are in direct competition with us. Also Vikings suggestion of spending your $$ in Te Anau is definitely appealing. It's just that these tours are such a fabulous experience, and what we want most is for our visitors to experience the very best NZ can offer, and the overnight cruises are right at the top of the list.

Just sorry we no longer have shares in the company.


rickzalucki Nov 25th, 2005 09:12 AM

thanks for everyones help....I truly appreciate the input. I've made my reservations on the Mariner for early January and am looking foward to what sounds like a very unique experience.....I'll let you know how it went when I get back

wlzmatilida Nov 29th, 2005 05:53 PM

Hi Rick,

Glad to hear you've made your reservations.

I've done the overnight, and I've been working with Real Journeys since before they changed their name! :) They are a fantastic company and you won't be disappointed.

All I can remember about the food onboard is that they had these AMAZING rolls...there's probably a videotape of me somewhere as I went around and said "excuse me, do you have any extra rolls?" :)


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