Milford Sound Nature Cruise +Jet boat ride
QUEENSTOWN JET BOAT RIDE + MILFORD SOUND NATURE CRUISE
Jump on board a big yellow Jet boat in central Queenstown, for one hour of power with the world’s first Jet boat operator KJet. You’ll travel across Lake Wakatipu, and down the world famous Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, getting up to speeds of 95kph! Throw in some 360° spins and water that’s as shallow as 5cm in some places, and you’ll experience real Jet boating.
Make your own way to Milford Sound and get incredibly close to nature on Southern Discoveries most popular Milford Sound cruise. Experience the famous Stirling Falls from the large open-top deck or comfy interior cabins, and keep an eye out for seals, and if you’re lucky, penguins and dolphins!
Please note the Milford Sound Nature Cruise departs daily at 10.30am and 1.15pm. You must make your own way to Milford Sound.
Please note it is not possible to do both activities in one day. Milford Sound is approximately 5 hours each way from Queenstown. Products must be booked together at the same time to receive combo deal.
- 60 minute Jet boat ride in Queenstown across three waterways
- Real Jet boating on the Kawarau River and Shotover River
- 2 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Tea and coffee on board
- Option to purchase picnic lunch at checkout
Milford Sound Nature Cruise: Departs daily at 10.30am and 1.15pm. You must make your own way to Milford Sound. Check in is 20 minutes before departure.
KJet: Every hour on the hour, 10am to 4pm. Leaves from Main Town Pier, Queenstown. Check in is 15 minutes before departure.
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KJet Jet Boat Trip
Q. What should I wear on the Jet boat?
A. For your comfort we recommend that you dress for the weather conditions on the day, keeping in mind that in our boats you will be travelling at 95kph and therefore the wind-chill can be frosty! Don’t forget to bring a waterproof jacket, your sunglasses, (or goggles in winter) sunscreen, as well as hats & gloves in winter months. Please ensure your little ones are dressed especially warm.
Q. Can I take my bags on the Jet boat?
A. Bags are now allowed on the Jet boats. We do request that you please leave your valuables at home. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, we are unable to store any belongings. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, we are able to store backpacks or handbags.
Q. Can I take my camera on the Jet boat?
A. On our trip there are many fantastic photo opportunities so YES, we’d love you to take your camera on board to capture these moments and share them. However, your camera is taken on board at your own risk, keep in mind with Jet boating there is the risk of getting slightly wet and we need you to be able to hold on to the hand rails, especially during our 360° spins. If you need more information about this please chat to our Reservations Team and Drivers when you check-in for your trip
Q. Will I get wet on the Jet boat?
A. Part of the fun with Jet boating is the spray and drama! We recommend you wear a waterproof jacket. If you are really worried about getting wet then please request to our staff that you sit in the centre seats of the boat. Please note we can’t guarantee seating.
Q. What is your child age?
A. Our child age is 5-14 years. Our Infant age is 2-4 years and travel for FREE with an accompanying adult, as long as they can fit a lifejacket.
Q. Can I ride KJet if I am pregnant?
A. Unfortunately, pregnant thrill-seekers are unable to ride KJet.
Q. Can you Jet boat in the winter?
A. Absolutely! We also have heated hand-rails to keep your hands toasty and warm.
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Q. Where do Milford Sound cruises leave from?
A. All cruises leave from and return to the wharf at the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal.
Q. Do all the cruises take the same route?
A. Every cruise goes the full length of the fiord. Cruises stop in different places but each trip visits the major sights of interest including Stirling Falls and Harrison Cove.
Q. Do you operate on Christmas Day?
A. All trips operate on different schedules. Please refer to the individual trip for dates and times. Most experiences operate on Christmas Day, but are subject to schedule updates, weather conditions or COVID-19 requirements.
Q. Will I see wildlife?
A. Milford Sound has an abundance of wildlife and is home to New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins year-round. Rare Dusky dolphins are known to visit the fiord and the world’s rarest penguin, the Fiordland Crested Penguin/Tawaki visits Milford during breeding season (August - November) and moulting season (March/April). While there is wildlife in Milford Sound, we can’t guarantee sightings as these are wild animals in their natural habitat. A visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory offers more wildlife viewing opportunities with an abundance of sea life below the surface.
Q. Do your lunches have vegetarian options?
A. Yes, picnic lunches can be ordered as vegetarian or vegan. You can select this when booking online.
Q. Are the lunch options halal?
A. All meat is certified Halal.
Q. Which Milford Cruise is best for kids?
A. All cruises are suitable for children.
Q. Do you provide disabled/wheelchair access?
A. The only cruise vessel in Milford Sound with wheelchair access is the 'Pride of Milford' where access to the vessel is by ramp. Disabled toilet facilities are in the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal where all cruises depart from.
Q. Will the cruise go ahead if the weather is bad?
A. Our operations team assess the weather and conditions for every cruise departure to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. If weather or other events could impact on the safety and comfort of our guests, then the cruise could be postponed, or in some unusual and infrequent circumstances, the cruise could be cancelled.
Q. What should I bring on my Milford Sound cruise?
A. Due to the changeable nature of the weather in Milford Sound, it’s a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket, warm clothing and to wear comfortable shoes. We also have ponchos available for purchase so you can enjoy a glacial facial under Stirling Falls.
Q. Is there parking in Milford Sound?
A. Yes, there is car parking at the Milford Sound public car park. This car park does fill quickly in the summer months, so we advise getting there early.
Q. Do you have webcams in Milford Sound and Queenstown?
A. Yes, you can view how the weather and day looks in both destinations. Check out our Milford Sound and Queenstown webcams here.
Q. What weather can I expect in Fiordland?
A. Milford Sound is one of the wettest places in the world with an average annual rainfall of 7 metres per year. Rainfall can reach 250 millimetres in 24 hours and creates dozens of temporary waterfalls (as well as several more permanent ones) that cascade down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand metres in height. The high rainfall is why Milford Sound is renowned for its spectacular waterfalls and rainforest. The temperature in Milford can vary depending on the season and can go from an average high of 19C (66F) in summer (Dec – Feb) to 9C (48F) in winter (Jun – Aug). All our vessels have spacious indoor areas with comfortable seating for cruising in all weather conditions.
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Only KJet offers over 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations.
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