Experiences Outdoors Te Anau

Cruising in style on Milford Haven

Written by Jenny McLeod

The Milford Haven scenic cruise on Milford Sound is much more than just a boat trip with its contemporary fit out and stylish cafe setting it apart and reinforcing its role as a leading operator in the area.

RealNZ Milford Sound experience manager Chantelle Gray says the Milford Haven is designed to enjoy the fiord in leisurely comfort with its unique sit-down cafe, tap beer and barista coffee.

“When people go aboard they find there is a real element of surprise not only at the level of the interior décor but also at being able to enjoy a delicious freshly cooked lunch from our on board chef during the experience.”

The Milford Haven operates up to four trips daily during the busy summer season and passengers can sit indoors with window viewing or take advantage of the large rooftop deck which provides 360-degree views of the rugged fiord which is part of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park.

“The towering Mitre Peak (1692 metres) is spectacular as are the many waterfalls in the Sound,” says Chantelle. “In particular the 161-metre Bowen Falls and the Stirling Falls at 155 metres are an awesome sight as the Haven cruises past.”

“Passengers are likely to  spot seals and penguins in the Sound and if they are fortunate the boat will be followed by a pod of blue nosed dolphins. With detailed commentaries from our experienced skippers It is a very relaxed and informative way to take in the sights of Milford Sound.”

Chantelle says the restaurant with its café style menu ranging from blue cod and chips to fish burgers, tacos and chicken tenders is appealing for visitors who can choose a cooked to order meal from the menu or from a cabinet selection.

“The food elevates the Haven experience and while people are mesmerised by the view, being able to sit down and enjoy a piece of tasty blue cod and a Hazy pale ale at the same time, is hard to beat.”

Chantelle says RealNZ is promoting a key message that ‘now is good’.

“On board the Milford Haven you can definitely get a sense that now is good for the passengers who feel incredibly privileged to be able to explore Milford Sound and have it to themselves.”

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Jenny McLeod