Milford Wanderer

year built
98 feet
cruising speed
10 knots

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The Milford Wanderer is a modern, motorized vessel that has been purpose-built for navigating southern New Zealand. Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, she has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment. Just because you’re escaping civilization doesn’t mean you have to go without its comforts!

Milford Wanderer Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Milford Wanderer review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our New Zealand small ship experts have been aboard many first-class vessels sailing the coast of New Zealand. Please read our Milford Wanderer review below then contact our experts to compare the Milford Wanderer with other small cruise ships offering New Zealand cruises.

Choose the Milford Wanderer if you are seeking a truly immersive Milford Sound overnight experience motor sailing Fiordland. The Milford Wanderer is a purpose-built vessel designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage.

Common Areas Aboard Milford Wanderer

There is an open bridge policy, so you’re free to visit with the skipper during the voyage, getting a captain’s eye view of the seascapes. Dress and the ambiance onboard are casual and informal. A range of natural history and wildlife books are available to read aboard; and board games and a guitar are on board for your entertainment.

Please note the vessel has steep stairs and high sills on all doorways. Please discuss any mobility issues with your AdventureSmith specialist prior to departure. Smoking is only permitted in the designated outdoor areas onboard the Milford Wanderer, though cigarettes are not available for purchase on board.

Also note there is little or no cell phone coverage during the cruise; however, the Milford Wanderer is in daily contact with parent company Real Journeys Manapouri and messages can be left there.

Meals Aboard Milford Wanderer

Delicious meals are prepared by Milford Wanderer’s onboard chef. The galley is well provisioned and all meals are catered, including morning and afternoon teas. Most food requests can be accommodated, ranging from celiac, gluten free, vegetarian and lactose intolerant, with advance notice. Unfortunately, Kosher diets cannot be accommodated. Complimentary tea and coffee are available at any time, and a well-stocked, licensed bar is staffed, with plenty of room to relax in the main saloon. The Milford Wanderer is not licensed for BYO so please leave any alcohol at home.

Activities Aboard Milford Wanderer

Kayaks and a small stabi-craft (18-person aluminum run-about) with landing steps are available for a more intimate exploration of New Zealand’s waters and wildlife. All walks off the ship are optional. Expert nature guides provide a briefing prior to heading ashore so you can decide if you wish to join in. The walks are generally leisurely and not too strenuous, allowing time to take in the area’s flora and fauna. Please note that the tracks are often muddy. We recommend bringing gumboots, as there are many beach/shore landings where the tide sweeps in/out making it wet and boggy underfoot.

Fishing is not available in any Fiordland waterways, in accordance with the Guardians of the Fiordland Fisheries. Therefore, please do not bring any fishing gear on board. However, if weather and timing permits, there may be an option to fish outside these areas (hand line and barbless hooks are provided, must adhere to quota). 

Crew & Guides Aboard Milford Wanderer

Skipper, crew and nature guides are all trained professionals, with an intimate knowledge of Southern New Zealand and of the Milford Wanderer. As well as providing illuminating commentaries, these nature guides share their knowledge through illustrated evening talks and leading walks ashore. Milford Wanderer’s nature guides are always happy to answer any questions about wildlife or history that you might have. They enjoy sharing this magnificent region and their enthusiasm is infectious! Often a real feeling of camaraderie develops during each expedition with many good friendships made. 

Charters Aboard Milford Wanderer

The Milford Wanderer is available for charter and group bookings. We can tailor cruises to suit your requirements and can include team building sessions or arrange guest speakers.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Milford Wanderer

Your sleeping quarters on board the Milford Wanderer are one flight of stairs down from the main deck and consist of comfortable twin-style compartments. The cabins are warm and comfortable (two passengers per sleeping compartment), with a maximum of 32 passengers per departure. Modern unisex bathroom facilities are shared by all cabins, with hot showers, hair dryers and all linen and towels provided. Power points are 240 volts and available 7am–9pm, while the main generators are operating. There are no laundry facilities.