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Milford sound tour smaller boats?

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Milford sound tour smaller boats?

We're looking at taking a day tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Are there any companies with smaller boats? Any difference between companies Mitre Peak or Great Sights? It seems like it would be better to bring our own lunch, since reviews said lunches were overpriced and terrible.

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1. Re: Milford sound tour smaller boats?

We did a cruise with Mitre Peak earlier this year, and the smaller boats they use are great. Near the end of the cruise, we were dropped off at the MIlford deepwater observatory for an hour or so, and we then took a different boat back to the wharf. That final leg back was on one of the much larger Real Journey's boats, and the large crowds of people on that vessel was not as enjoyable. For my liking, there were too many people cramned around a few outdoor viewing spots to take photos. The Mitre Peak boat was much more relaxed. We packed a few drinks and sandwiches for the ride, and ate them during the cruise at our leisure.

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I was delighted with my trip with Mitre Peak Cruises. Here's my review tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g612500-d941…

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There is a price variation between Mitre Peak and Great Sights and there are differences. The cruise boat is smaller with Mitre Peak but that can be a disadvantage in rough weather. The larger red boats or Real Journeys boats are much smoother if the weather is rough and because the fjords are deep they can still get up as close to the wild life as any other smaller boat.

I agree the lunches offered by all these companies is not good but there is one exception. Real Journeys offer a top buffet meal on some cruises and the quality of food is excellent. Cost was about $29 but is not available on all cruises.

Real Journeys and Great Sights are at the top end of day trips to Milford Sound and their prices reflect that. Most visitors want as many stops as possible especially along the Milford road and I would personally go for one of the smaller companies that uses a luxury coach with glass roof.

I noticed on my last visit to Milford Sound some tour operators miss out on the Chasm and it is nice 15-20 minute walk into the bush so however you book with make sure they stop at the Chasm.

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