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Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

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Spectacular Milford Sound is an amazing experience. Southern Discoveries has a wide range of cruises to suit every interest and budget. They also operate the New Milford Discovery Centre & Milford Deep underwater observatory and relaxing 1 hour...more
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Milford Wharf | Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9640, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We definitely enjoyed the cruise. We got lucky with the weather, was windy, but nearly sunny. The captain was top level and sailing really close to waterfalls, rocks and mountains, letting us enjoy the astonishing view. Nice commentary along from the crew.

Thank IvanoM76
Reviewed yesterday

We booked the package which included the cruise, kayaking, and underwater observatory. It was such a nice experience, cruising around and taking in the scenery. Our boat went near 2 waterfalls, and we drank the the water fresh from one of them. The kayaking is...More

Thank snapschot
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked the 2 hour nature cruise of the Milford sound with southern discoveries. The boat was comfortable and there was plenty of room for viewing. If your are traveling to Milford Sound it’s worth taking a boat cruise to get the full experience. My...More

Thank MK J
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I could have driven from Te Anau to Milford Sound myself but was worried about the unfamiliar windy road in a foreign country, driving on the opposite side of the road. For the most part, the road doesn’t compare to the windy roads I’ve driven...More

Thank bug92
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really informative and interesting guides make the cruises excellent. The skippers also get you nice and close to the waterfalls - very close indeed if that's what you want! We were possibly unlucky but we didn't see a great deal of wildlife from the cruise...More

Thank AltabasTravels
Reviewed 5 days ago

The boat provided a wonderful tour of Milford Sound. We lucked out and had a sunny day to see this gorgeous place. There were many comfortable places to stand or sit, inside and out, to enjoy the beautiful views. We were a part of an...More

Thank shelleyham
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I'll preface this by saying we couldn't have picked a better day to cruise around Milford Sound on the Nature Encounter, the waterfalls were in fine form, the sun was out, and we were lucky enough to see Seals, Dolphins, and one lonely but excellent...More

Thank MarkDurman
Ciara O, Marketing Executive at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there! Our team at Southern Discoveries would like to thank you for leaving such a wonderful review. Nothing beats hearing that our customers have had a fantastic and memorable experience with us. It's great to hear you got a visit from some of Milford...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I did a lot of research of the other cruises, but I felt like this company had the best options. We chose the Encounter Nature cruise, comes with fewer people and opportunity to experience Milford Sound up close to the waterfalls. It was fun and...More

Thank lisaha_hawaii
Ciara O, Marketing Executive at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia ora! Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic review and recommendation. Our crew at Southern Discoveries is happy to hear you highly rated your experience with us adventuring through the spectacular Milford Sound! We hope the rest of your time in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this and a cruise with a competing company (which I preferred) while in Milford Sound. Booking was easy, and terminal and boat staff were friendly. There was a huge tour group on our boat and unfortunately almost all the seats inside (including all the...More

Thank Suse89
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most amazing day! The team at Southern Discoveries are like a well oiled machine. Friendly, organised and super helpful and knowledgeable. They made us feel comfortable every step of the way whilst having fun. We did get very lucky weather wise but none the...More

Thank natasha s
Ciara O, Marketing Executive at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora, Natasha! Our team at Southern Discoveries is happy to hear you were well looked after and had a fun time exploring the spectacular Milford Sound with us. We agree- it should be a 'must-do' on everyone's New Zealand travel itinerary! Great choice adding...More

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Response from Freedom11579567389 | Reviewed this property |
We went on the 1pm tour and got to see penguins and seals on the trip. I am not sure about any other time though I’m afraid!
Deepthi V
10 April 2018|
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Response from Carol B | Reviewed this property |
Should be fine with baby just dress for weather
Mahima A
12 March 2018|
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Response from SweersLyn | Reviewed this property |
Smaller boat - not "small" but a monohull, not the big cruising catamaran... the boat was very manouuverable and able to come up near dolphins and seals and right under waterfalls. There was a bigger overnight boat we had... More