DAY 4: Te Anau - Milford Track Giant Gate Walk - Mildford Sound Overnight Cruise
11 km, approx. 4 hours walking (Easy Grade).
Pick up from your Te Aanu accommodation around 7:00pm and transfer you to Milford Sound (2 hours drive). Your walking trip begins with a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. Then take an easy 5.5 km (11 km return) Milford Track walk alongside the cascading Arthur River and moody Lake Ada. The walk is on a well maintained track through ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by an array of ferns, mosses and lichens in vibrant shades of green leads to Giant Gate Waterfall. An expansive swing bridge provides perfect photo opportunities.
Return at a leisurely pace taking the time to enjoy this incredible forest. Your guide provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating human heritage of the track. On completion of the walk an opportunity is made for photos at the sign marking the end the track, festooned with the boots of walkers' that have made it to the end of the walk, not a single step further. You then re-join the boat for the transfer back to Milford Sound. Arrive in Milford Sound at around 1:30pm.
You have some your own leisure time. You can have your lunch at the local cafe (at your own expense).
Meet your cruise crew at Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound and board your Milford Sound overnight cruise at 4:30pm (1 Oct - 30 Apr), at 3:30pm (1 - 20 May & 15 - 30 Sep).
Then cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Your onboard nature guide will explain the history and geology of Milford Sound.
The cruise style is relaxed, and you'll have plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife such as seals, dolphin and penguins.
The cruise then anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in the vessel's tender craft (small boat) and kayaks. Or, if you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place or go for a swim.
As evening falls, enjoy a delicious carvery buffet in the dining saloon, prepared freshly by the onboard chef. Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin.
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise, twin/double private cabins with ensuite