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Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory provided by Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

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Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory

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This Milford Sound cruise provides the discerning traveler plenty of options. A choice of cruises—“nature,” “encounter,” or “scenic”—allows for a customized visit. Each tour includes admission to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and lunch (select a picnic or buffet at booking). Complimentary tea and coffee are served on board.
You'll start at
Milford Sound
Milford Sound, New Zealand
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  • 1
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 3 hours -
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  • 2
    Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Bowen Falls
    Pass by Sinbad Gully
    Pass by Stirling Falls
You'll end at
Milford Sound
Milford Sound, New Zealand
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  • Milford Sound tour includes several cruise boat options
  • Admission to the Underwater Observatory enhances the experience
  • Select your choice of a tasty picnic or buffet lunch
  • All-inclusive tour: the longest and best-value cruise available
Important Information
Departure Point
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Either a Nature, Encounter Nature or Scenic Cruise
  • Picnic Lunch or Buffet Lunch depending on option you choose
  • Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board the boat
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
  • Alcoholic drinks, snacks and bottled water (available to purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Infant meals not included
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Commentary in English only, translation sheets on cruise highlights are provided on board cruise
  • Vegetarian options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • If you are visiting us between 1 December - 30 April please arrive at Milford 1 hour prior to departure to allow time for parking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Car parking in Milford Sound incurs a $10 hourly fee payable only by credit card. There are a limited number of free car parks and a complimentary shuttle service available in the Park & Ride area. We recommend arriving into Milford Sound at least 1 hour prior to your scheduled cruise departure.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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luce l wrote a review Feb 2020
United Kingdom183 contributions54 helpful votes
Great staff. The observatory was really interesting and worth a visit. The cruise took us right under a waterfall which was an exhilarating experience. We unfortunately didn't see the fiordland crested penguins, but we saw seals and had fantastic views and perfect weather.
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Date of experience: August 2019
VicPal wrote a review Jan 2020
Sierra Vista, Arizona35 contributions31 helpful votes
Totally UNLIKE reviewer LPHDK we booked the Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise with the Underwater Observatory option and the picnic lunch and were HIGHLY PLEASED with the scenic cruise, the quick check-in procedure, and the professional staff - both at their reception center
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Date of experience: January 2020
Karen W wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
We took the cruise on a beautiful sunny day. The Sound was beautiful and we stood on the top deck nearly the entire cruise to just enjoy the scenery. Since it hadn't rained much, there weren't as many waterfalls. The underwater observatory was a highlight - fascinating to see
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Date of experience: January 2020
LPHDK wrote a review Jan 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark946 contributions310 helpful votes
We booked the Scenic Cruise with underwater stop and the picnic lunch. After we booked, we found out that on top of the rather steep price you had to pay 10 NZD PR HOUR!!! Actually, we had read it as 10 NZD for the parking and found out it was by the hour when we got there! We
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Date of experience: January 2020
Sandra K wrote a review Jan 2020
Pegasus, New Zealand29 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with southern discoveries having used a different company a few years ago. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly giving a great commentary along the way. The picnic lunch was very generous including a gf option. The underwater observatory was very
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Date of experience: January 2020
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By: Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
Outstanding Views
This cruise and bag lunch was included on our tour of the area. The lunch was quite good but the cruise and views
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Kelsey L
Breathtaking - Small Boat up close to everything
We had the best day with southern discoveries. The captain was knowledgeable and funny. With the smaller boat on th
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Driver was absolutely hilarious and gave us plenty of fun facts while we made our way on Coach to Milford Sound. Ha
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Wonderful Milford Sound tour
We did the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. All things considered, this was an excellent tour of Milford Sound. Given t
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Great views, but a long bus trip and buffet not worth it
I booked the day trip which involves a long bus ride both ways to Milford Sound. You get a number of stops along th
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Early cruise
Arrived for our cruise very early as we’d taken the 8am flight from Queenstown. We were expecting to take the Jucy
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Great Day
We really enjoyed the trip and thought bus driver Bruce was exceptional. Very witty and considerate. Kept us all en
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Milford sound Amazing BUT
This company is a rip off. Though ticket was also to include Observatory. This was closed and no refund given. Mor
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Worth doing if in New Zealand for a short trip. Our guide/driver Gabe was great and very nice! The commentary on th
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Richard H
We never got to fly but their communication is hopeless
The communication from this company is terrible. We knew the flight was weather dependent so I asked if they could
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Eric G
Fantastic Experience
The Milford Sound experience was incredible. We started the tour in Te Anau on a very comfortable with great visibi
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Comfortable coach, dramatic scenery, long day
I’d say this is a must do tour, if in this neck of the wood. The scenery both en route to Milford Sound is dramatic
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Heaven on Earth
Long ride, but did not feel it at all. Breathtaking scenery throughout! Great guide! And the cruise was the icing o
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Despite heavy rain, still amazing
We were caught up in the massive flooding around Feb 2, 2020, and still had great viewing and kayaking. Definitely
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The trip was fantastic. And I wish to get a refund for not going to the Underwater Observatory please.
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  • Duration: 3h
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