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Mitre Peak Cruises & Tours

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2-Hour Milford Sound Cruise

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  • Explore Milford Sound on this sightseeing cruise, which takes you near its majestic cliffs and glacier-carved waterfalls unlike any other.
  • Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse and enjoy coffee and tea onboard. Look out for sunbathing seals, dolphins, or rare seasonal Fiordland Crested Penguins.
  • Sail by Stirling Falls, cascading from a staggering 508 feet, feeling the cool glacial mist. Savor a hot cup of tea or coffee onboard.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour Milford Sound cruise
  • Stops at points of interest
  • Informative commentary from the skipper
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on-board

Exclusions

  • Transfers
  • Tip: Gas stations are absent on the Milford highway, so be sure to top off your tank in Te Anau.
  • Book online to save time and avoid offline hassles such as waiting on the dock for the next ship to arrive.
    Wear waterproof clothing or non-slip socks as there is a good possibility of getting wet as you go near waterfalls.
  • Wheelchairs and prams can be brought on board as long as they fold to fit through the entrance of the boat.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Queenstown: Milford Cruise, Lunch & Return Transfers

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NZ$235
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4 hr. 30 min. - 12 hr.
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  • Take a relaxing coach ride from Queenstown, traveling through the picturesque Eglinton Valley and Mirror Lakes.
  • Visit Fiordland National Park, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a local guide. Walk along nature trails and stop for photo ops.
  • The highlight? A scenic cruise on the glass-roofed boat in Milford Sound. Spot penguins, and seals as you pass by waterfalls and cliffs.
  • Have lunch on the cruise, accompanied by tea or coffee. Admire the scenery from the spacious deck or the cabin.
  • Upgrade to opt for a round-trip flight between Milford Sound and Queenstown. Enjoy aerial views of the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, and the popular Routeburn Track.

Inclusions

  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Local driver/guide
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on-board
  • Round-trip coach drive between Queenstown & Milford Sound (based on option selected)
  • 1-hr 20-min round-trip flight between Queenstown & Milford Sound (based on option selected)
  • Live commentary by pilot (based on option selected)
  • Lunch aboard the cruise (based on option selected)
  • Pick up from your Queenstown accommodation
  • Scenic drive by AC coach or flight to Milford Sound over Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • Short walks and photo ops around Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Return coach drive or flight to Queenstown over Fiordland National Park
  • Drop off at your Queenstown accommodation
  • Tip: Head to the bow when near Stirling Falls on the boat to experience a refreshing spray from glacial meltwater!
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Te Anau: Milford Cruise, Nature Walk, Lunch & Return Transfers

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  • Take a coach trip from Te Anau, stopping for short walks and photo ops at must-visit sights like Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley with a local guide.
  • A local experience guide will share stories and knowledge about the area as you travel through Fiordland’s famous National Park.
  • Join the Milford Sound cruise sailing towards the Tasman Sea. Look out for seals, dolphins, and penguins, and enjoy the untamed scenery.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst glacier-carved landscapes followed by tea and coffee.
  • Upgrade to include extended guided walks. Hike to Lake Mistletoe, Lake Gunn, Homer Tunnel, and the sandy foreshore for classic views of Mitre Peak.

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  • Round-trip coach drive between Te Anau & Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Local driver/guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on-board
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off (based on option selected)
  • Guided nature walks (based on option selected)
  • Pick up from Te Anau
  • Scenic drive to Milford Sound by air-conditioned coach
  • Photo ops stop at Te Anau Downs, Eglinton Valley & more
  • Short walks or extended guided walks around Lake Mistletoe, Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn & more
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Drop-off at Te Anau
  • Tip: Bring comfortable walking shoes, a day pack containing warm clothing including a thermal hat and gloves, sunhat and sunglasses, a waterproof jacket, a filled reusable water bottle, and a camera.
  • If you are self-driving, we would recommend booking a guided tour with transfers as the route from Te Anau to Milford Sound can be tricky. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing views on the route with live commentary while our expert guides take care of everything else.
  • The stops along Milford Road including Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, and Monkey Creek, are accessible depending on the weather and road conditions.
  • The tour departs daily, year-round excluding Christmas Day, 25 December.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Queenstown: Scenic Flyover & Milford Sound Cruise

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  • Soak in the expanse of the mighty Milford Sound on a scenic flight. Soar through the Earnslaw Burn Glacier, Mitre Peak, and Olivine Ice Plateau.
  • Enjoy the view from your guaranteed window seat. Plus, your pilot becomes your personal guide, pointing out hidden waterfalls and cliffs.
  • Craving a closer look? Opt for a scenic coach drive from Queenstown winding past the Mirror Lakes, where the mountains mirror themselves in the still water.
  • Choose to sail past the majestic Stirling Falls or explore the nature trails at Mirror Lakes and Monkey Creek with cruise and trek options.
  • The return flight to Queenstown has a different route, with new views of glacier-fed rivers, Sutherland Falls, and Lake Quill. Plus, travel hassle-free with hotel transfers.

Inclusions

  • Flight transfers between Queenstown & Milford Sound
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Live commentary by pilot
  • Coach drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound (based on option selected)
  • 1-hr 45-min Milford Sound Cruise (based on option selected)
  • 2-hr extended Milford Sound Cruise (based on option selected)
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, & water on cruise
  • Hiking trails around Milford Sound (based on option selected)

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  • Food & drinks from licensed bar (available for purchase aboard the cruise)

Flight with landing & nature walk (based on option selected)

  • Pick-up from Queenstown hotel
  • Scenic flight to Milford Sound over Lake Wakatipu, Earnslaw Burn Glacier, Fiordland National Park & more
  • Nature walks on Lookout Track & Foreshore Loop Track for the best views of Mitre Pea
  • Return flight to Queenstown over Lake Quill & Sutherland Falls
  • Drop off at Queenstown hotel

Flight with landing & cruise (based on option selected)

  • Pick-up from Queenstown hotel
  • Scenic flight to Milford Sound over Lake Wakatipu, Earnslaw Burn Glacier, Fiordland National Park & more
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Return flight to Queenstown over Lake Quill & Sutherland Falls
  • Drop off at Queenstown hotel

Coach drive, cruise & flight (based on option selected)

  • Pick-up from Queenstown hotel
  • Scenic coach drive to Milford Sound
  • Short walks along Mirror Lakes, Monkey Creek, Knobs Flat, the Homer Tunnel & more
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Return flight to Queenstown over Lake Quill & Sutherland Falls
  • Drop off at Queenstown hotel
  • Tip: Look out for playful dolphins and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin.
  • Your scenic flyover from Queenstown over Milford Sound and back to Queenstown is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • Bring along any essential medication, sunglasses, camera, warm clothing layers, comfortable footwear, and water bottle.
  • Passengers weighing 140kg (308lb) or more should inform in advance. For helicopter activities, there is a weight limit of 116kg (255lb).
  • A discrepancy exceeding 15kg (33lb) from the declared weight at check-in may lead to rescheduling, depending on availability.
  • This activity is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Milford Sound Scenic Flyover Tour from Queenstown

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  • Experience a unique perspective of Milford Sound with the Milford Sound Scenic Flyover, offering breathtaking aerial views.
  • Delight in the opportunity to enjoy a window seat during the flight, thanks to the seat layout that ensures everyone can enjoy the remarkable scenery.
  • Enjoy hotel pick-up and drop-off from your Queenstown accommodation and take a flight over the majestic Southern Alps towards Milford Sound.
  • Marvel at the panoramic vistas of Lake Wakatipu and glacier-fed braided rivers as you soar into the stunning Mt. Aspiring National Park.
  • Traverse the awe-inspiring landscapes of Fiordland National Park, witnessing the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the vastness of the Tasman Sea.
  • Experience all this magic with a small cozy tour group of just seven passengers.

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  • Professional English-speaking pilot
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off Queenstown
  • Child/booster seats and baby earmuffs are available on request
  • 11 seater van for transfers
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • From check-in 30 minutes before departure, to landing back at Queenstown Airport, is approximately 2 hours. Please note, this does not include time for self-driving or using our complimentary transfers.
  • Bring along any essential medication, sunglasses, camera, warm clothing layers, comfortable footwear, and water bottle.
  • Even though the aircraft is heated, it is recommended to bring light warm clothing layers.
  • Your scenic flyover from Queenstown over Milford Sound and back to Queenstown is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • All seats on the aircraft are window seats. Passenger seat allocation however is at the Pilots’ discretion due to the weight and balance of the plane.
  • Your experience may be subject to change due to weather conditions.
  • The cruising altitude is weather-dependent and ranges between 5,000-10,000 feet.
  • New Junior earmuffs for our young passengers. They have an impressive noise reduction rating of 22db and are approved to Global Safety Standards.
  • For operational and safety reasons, we request passenger weights during booking to ensure compliance with aircraft weight limits and balance requirements. Please notify if any passenger is 140kg (308lb) or over. Helicopter activities have a weight limit of 116kg (255lb) and require prior notification. Exceeding your declared weight by 15kg (33lb) at check-in may result in rescheduling, subject to availability.
  • This activity is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Milford Sound Cruise with Underwater Observatory Access

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  • Plunge into a natural adventure with New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory and a 2-hour Milford Sound cruise with lively commentary.
  • Descend 10m to observe underwater life at the observatory. Gaze at black coral, fish, and other wildlife while enclosed in an AC viewing room.
  • Witness the sheer grandeur of the fiord's landscapes, from the thundering waterfalls to the tranquility of the rainforests and towering peaks.
  • Enjoy the thrill of spotting wildlife, from seals basking in the sun to dolphins frolicking in the water, or even rare Fiordland Crested Penguins.
  • Have a close encounter with nature and the best viewing experience aboard a small boat as you drink glacial water and touch natural artifacts.

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  • 2 to 3 hour Milford Sound cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Entry to Underwater Observatory
  • Tea & coffee
  • Tip: Look out for Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed features in Milford Sound due to its distinctive shape.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • Ramp is available on the boat for easy access.
  • Milford Sound is a natural environment so wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • The operator reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel cruise departures, and substitute vessels at any time for safety or operational reasons including due to unsafe weather conditions or vessel maintenance.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Milford Cruise, Underwater Observatory Tickets, Kayaking & Lunch

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  • Create unforgettable memories on a guided Milford Sound cruise and kayaking adventure in Harrison Cove to see its diverse marine life.
  • Descend into the only floating observatory in New Zealand and witness rare black coral and colorful fish, all thanks to a unique natural phenomenon.
  • Get guided kayaking instruction, perfect for beginners. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters and soak in the breathtaking views.
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch prepared onboard as you cruise the majestic fiord with complimentary tea or coffee.

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  • 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound
  • Nature guide
  • 1 to 1.5 hour kayaking experience
  • Specialist kayak guide
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Entry to Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Tip: Treat yourself to an overnight stay at a chalet in Milford Sound and enjoy its serene atmosphere after the crowds have left.
  • Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak for the kayaking experience.
  • Timetables, departures, and vessels are subject to change due to safety precautions, weather conditions, or maintenance requirements.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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All About Milford Sound’s Tallest Mountain: The Mitre Peak

Mitre Peak or Rahotu, jutting majestically from the iconic Milford Sound in New Zealand, stands as a symbol of natural grandeur. Rising 5,560 feet, this sheer granite giant has witnessed centuries of Maori and European exploration. Named for its resemblance to a bishop's mitre, it's a testament to the country's geological marvels. 

Mitre Peak is more than a stunning landmark; it's a cherished piece of Kiwi identity, drawing adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Its vertical cliffs and stunning reflection on the sound's waters make it an irresistible icon in New Zealand's picturesque landscape.

Mitre Peak in a Nutshell

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  • Official name: Mitre Peak
  • Location/Address: Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Timings: Accessible year-round, depending on weather
  • Height: 5,560 feet (approx. 1,695 meters)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Part of the Te Wahipounamu, declared in 1990

Why see Mitre Peak?

Mitre Peak
  • Unique geological marvel: Its distinctive shape, resembling a bishop's mitre, adds a unique touch, making it an exceptional and instantly recognizable natural landmark.
  • World Heritage Site: Being part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mitre Peak is not just a local gem but also holds global significance.
  • Outdoor adventure hub: Surrounded by the Fiordland National Park, Mitre Peak invites nature enthusiasts, hikers, and photographers to explore its surroundings, showcasing New Zealand's rich biodiversity.
  • Reflections on Milford Sound: The mirror-like reflections of Mitre Peak on the calm waters of Milford Sound create a visual experience. Get the best views on a Mitre Peak cruise. 
  • Maori cultural connection: With a history intertwined with Maori culture, Mitre Peak guided tours offer a glimpse into the indigenous heritage of New Zealand.

Plan Your Visit to Mitre Peak

By Cruise or Milford Track
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Where is Mitre Peak?
Milford sound cruise
  • Guided cruises: 8:50 AM, 11:10 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:55 PM (daily)
  • Guided walking tours: 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM

Embark on a seamless Milford Sound adventure from Te Anau or Queenstown. Go on a 5.5 km guided walk on the famous Milford Track through ancient rainforests and alpine scenery. Following a tea break at Giant Gate Waterfall, cruise along Milford Sound, offering awe-inspiring views of Mitre Peak and wildlife encounters. The tour includes hassle-free transfers, a small group experience, and insightful commentary.

Milford Sound scenic flight
  • Milford Sound scenic flights: 9 AM

Go on an unforgettable day trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown on a scenic flight. See the Mitre Peak up close from a guaranteed window seat. Also set your sights on the Earnslaw Burn Glacier, Mt. Aspiring, and Lake Wakatipu. Learn insider details from your pilot and then enjoy Mitre Peak from the waters on a Milford Sound Cruise, savoring complimentary tea and coffee.

Tour of Routeburn Track at Fiordland National Park

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Nestled near the shoreline of Milford Sound within the Fiordland National Park, Mitre Peak graces the southwestern region of New Zealand's South Island.

History of Mitre Peak

Mitre Peak's history is deeply rooted in the ancient geology of New Zealand's Fiordland region. Carved by glacial forces over thousands of years, the peak stands as a testament to the Earth's transformative powers. Indigenous Maori people, the earliest inhabitants, called the Peak Rahotu and revered these landscapes, contributing their rich cultural history to the region. European exploration in the 19th century marked a new chapter, with Captain John Lort Stokes of HMS Acheron naming the peak so due to its resemblance to a bishop's mitre. Since then, Mitre Peak has become an iconic symbol, featuring prominently in the establishment of Fiordland National Park in 1952. Its allure continues to draw visitors, connecting them to both geological epochs and human histories.

Additional information about Mitre Peak

Mitre Peak is not a solitary point but rather a cluster of five peaks, though it presents itself as a singular entity from most vantage points. Situated in Milford Sound, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site within Te Wahipounamu, the peak's commanding presence has made it a sought-after subject for painters. Among them, Charles Decimus Barraud's masterpiece, housed at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, captures the imposing allure of this iconic New Zealand landmark.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mitre Peak at Milford Sound

What is Mitre Peak?

Mitre Peak is a famous mountain in New Zealand’s South Island, located within the Fiordland National Park near the Milford Sound shores.

Where can I buy Mitre Peak tickets?

You can see the majestic Mitre Peak by purchasing a Milford Sound cruise tour or scenic flight ticket.

Can I visit Mitre Peak with Milford Sound cruise or tour tickets?

Yes, you can see Mitre Peak with Milford Sound cruise or tour tickets. You can opt for a scenic flyover and cruise tour or go on a guided walk along Milford Track and Milford Sound cruise.

Are Mitre Peak Cruises guided?

Yes, Mitre Peak cruises and flights come with expert local guides. You’ll leave knowing the spot like the back of your hand.

What else can I see on my Mitre Peak cruise or flight tour?

You can see other natural wonders of the region, such as Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls, Seal Point, Milford Sound, Southern Alps, Lake Quill, Sutherland Falls, and other native natural wonders.

Where is Mitre Peak located?

Mitre Peak is located near Milford Sound, nestled within the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand.

Can I photograph Mitre Peak?

Yes, you can take photos of Mitre Peak. Make sure to keep all your photography essentials handy and carry protective gear to protect your device from the elements, like mist or rain.

How tall is Mitre Peak?

Mitre Peak is 1,683 m or 5,560 feet tall, making it the highest peak in Milford Sound.

Are Mitre Peak Cruises accessibility-friendly?

Yes both Mitre Peak cruises and flights are accessibility-friendly.