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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

By Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
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About
Most visitors to Milford Sound simply take a sightseeing cruise around the UNESCO-listed landscape. This all-inclusive tour provides a kayaking option for those who want to explore the beauty of the fiord via sheltered Harrison Cove, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Admission to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory is also provided with a picnic lunch. Upgrade to include a guided kayak excursion around Harrison Cove.
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Ages 15-99, max of 8 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Milford Sound cruise takes passengers aboard a smaller vessel
  • Picnic lunch, naturalist guides, and marine life: not to be missed
  • Milford Underwater Observatory included
  • Upgrade for the option to kayak around tranquil Harrison Cove

  • Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Picnic lunch
  • Local guide
  • Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • All kayaking equipment if you choose to add kayaking to your cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $10 per hour.


Start:
  • Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3960MILFORD

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
    • Please note the minimum age to kayak is 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult or guardian in a double kayak.
    • Car Parking: On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $10 per hour. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the main carpark to the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre. Alternatively, you can park free of charge at Deepwater Basin Carpark and walk over to Freshwater Basin to the Cruise Terminal. This walk is approximately 30 minutes in duration, so additional time will need to be allocated in order to do this comfortably and arrive at the terminal 15 minutes prior to your cruise for check-in.
    • 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 8 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
      Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
      See address & details
    • 1
      Milford Sound
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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      Pass by
      Milford Sound
      Bowen Falls
    • 2
      Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
      Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
      See details
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
      2,032
      New Zealand
      Joined in July 2009
    • ponnip
      0 contributions
      Great cruise
      The cruise was very enjoyable. The scenery was stunning, the boat was comfortable and had the amenities we needed. The underwater observatory did not live up to expectations.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • D5220LKss
      0 contributions
      10 out of 10 experience
      This was an experience of a lifetime for myself and my family. The airline and boat cruise operators were professional, highly competent and extremely personable. Special shoutout to Mike our pilot who flew the plane flawlessly and described such beautiful parts we witnessed on the way to Milford Sound. I cannot recommend this enough. Don’t hesitate just sign up!
      Written 24 February 2024
    • 424mercyw
      0 contributions
      Milford Sound
      Greg our tour operator was knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. The views are incredible along the way and Milford sounds is picturesque. Highly recommend
      Written 24 February 2024
    • Wander820807
      0 contributions
      The Ultimate Guide on Wheels!
      We were really lucky to have Greg, the extraordinary bus driver and tour guide. This guy isn't your average driver, he's a storyteller, a comedian, and a master of navigation all rolled into one. He made our trek to Milford Sound an unforgettable experience. Keep him, he's an asset to your company.
      Written 23 February 2024
    • StuartB815
      0 contributions
      A must do visit.
      I booked the trip before we left the UK so not sure what to expect, but everything was spot on. The trip from Te Anau was longer than planned (Around 2hrs 10 min) parking for the cruise about 10 mins walk and about $40. The experience check in was smooth and boarding the ship easy. As we had booked the kayak and observatory trip we were lucky the weather was lovely and sunny, but the most stunning part were the views of the sound itself absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth the trip.
      Written 22 February 2024
    • azwanisa2024
      0 contributions
      Fantastic trip for family with small kids
      We were very satisfied with our day trip to Milford Sound. Southern Discoveries picked us up from our apartment in the morning to our coach. The coach was comfortable, airconditioned, with glass roof ceilings just like in the photos. The bus driver/tour guide was very skillful, informative and had some funny stories to keep us awake. The cruise was great too, spacious and not too crowded. The views of course were amazing. But the highlight of our tour was the flyback home with Milford Air. We had a lovely pilot. It was safe and definitely worth it. Not just because its only 40 minutes back to Queenstown but we had the most amazing views from above. We were a family of 7 with kids youngest 5 yo and the eldest 15 yo, so this combination was great for us. And they even shuttled us back to our apartment afterwards.
      Written 22 February 2024
    • kims936
      0 contributions
      Beautiful Views with Boxed Lunch
      No one can dispute the views while on the tour are amazing, whether in rain or sunshine. However one would have expected much more detailed information on the geology of the area or history. It was basically a boat ride not a tour by any means.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • Dreamer407589
      0 contributions
      Mountains
      Fiordland National Park was amazing. Best part of the trip! Our driver, Shale, was exceptional! If we could have afforded it we would have flown back and saved the return trip.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • stevensE8128LY
      0 contributions
      Exceptional IF YOU DRESS WARM for the moving boat wind chill. Merely Good if you have to stay in enclosed areas.
      Warning, wear extra warm clothes!!! This is far more enjoyable if you can be out on an observation deck. The boat moving at 20 knots generates a lot of wind chill factor, so even in summer (Feb 2024 for us) you need a winter coat and gloves. We had to go in and out of the enclosed areas and didn't get quite the experience we had 6 years ago on a warmer day (both in late summer (Feb). Good cruise of Milford Sound and enjoyed the extra of the underwater observatory. A recommended extra. We chose this as a friend went diving and we had extra time to burn.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • lescoffey
      0 contributions
      Great trip by Southern Discoveries and Air Milford in Queenstown
      This was our last big excursion of our trip to New Zealand from US. Our driver over on the coach, Shayle, was excellent. Very knowledgeable and it was easy to understand his instructions and details. He took good care of us. The fly back was just breathtakingly beautiful-I highly recommend going back this way. The eight seater plane was operated by Emma at Air Milford. She explained what we were seeing and the aerial view-I was awestruck by the beauty.
      Written 20 February 2024
    • france456
      0 contributions
      Fantastic day out
      Absolutely fantastic day out. Jamie our driver/guide was great, really friendly and knowledgeable. We had plenty of stops on the drive to Milford Sound to take photos. The boat trip & observatory were well worth doing, the scenery is spectacular. The picnic lunch was also very good!
      Written 20 February 2024
    • georgecE8389EV
      0 contributions
      Fantastic time for all.
      Our bus driver was brilliant great knowledge and humour explained so many things. We felt safe through the whole trip. The boat ride through the Milford Sounds was superb. The whole trip from start to finish was superb with heaps of laughs, food on the boat and photos. Recommend to the MAX
      Written 17 February 2024
    • D2511ZJmelanieb
      0 contributions
      Milford Sound coach tour
      Coach trip was good, but long on the way back could do with breaking that up as well. The boat trip was good except that the toilet facilities were basically all broken and for a full boat doesn’t work well. Overall good day though
      Written 17 February 2024
    • NJCricketer
      0 contributions
      Wonderful trip - skip the observatory!
      The Milford Sound experience was wonderful - the commentary was good, the waterfalls were plenty and nice and the free coffee was welcome and timely. The underwater observatory can be skipped and the only reason I have a 4 grade. We can say we did our part by paying and contributing to this observatory. It had rained the previous couple of days but there was bright sunshine during our boat ride. would like to see this on a rainy day too now.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • Elizabeth K
      0 contributions
      Better than the other trips.
      Spend less time on the bus AND visit the unique underwater observatory! Travelling from Te Anau is much shorter than from Queenstown.
      Written 17 February 2024
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    Esther Rimmer
    4 contributions
    My partner and I did the sound cruise, underwater observatory and kayak tour which included a packed lunch. It was absolutely amazing and took my breath away. This trip exceeded my expectations and I will definitely return. A special shout out to all the crew who made this trip even more enjoyable. Each and every staff member was absolutely lovely, very helpful and knowledgeable and made the experience even more enjoyable. particularly Maia Jacob and Dave (hopefully I’ve got that right), many thanks to you guys! I would definitely recommend doing the kayaks if your a keen adventurer, you get to experience the sound in a completely different, unforgettable way. Loved it!
    Written 18 March 2021
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    Kia ora Esther Wow reading reviews like this really makes our day. Seeing kiwi's get out and explore Milford and love it just as we do means the world to us. We're so stoked you loved your kayak experience, it's pretty special being on the fiord in a kayak. Thank you so much for your awesome review, we'll be sure to pass on your feedback to the team. Ngā mihi,
    Written 24 March 2021
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    S1MES
    London, UK5 contributions
    Cruise and kayak were great, underwater observatory a little underwhelming. Milford Sound is spectacular and not to be missed. Seeing it from a kayak as well as the cruise boat adds an extra, interesting, perceive.

    Whole trip took close to 4 hours so it cost an extra $50 to park! Parking here is a rip off for captive audience - would be nice if the tour could included this.

    Picnic lunch offered with the cruise was very basic, others on different tours had a buffet lunch which looked a lot better.

    Minor issues, all in all a great experience!
    Written 12 January 2024
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    Feb 2023
    Our kayaking tour of Harrison Cove was the highlight for our family (adult children). There was a fair bit of rain during our afternoon cruise of Milford Sound and as we pulled in for our kayaking tour, I'm sure everyone on the boat thought we were crazy and we thought perhaps they were right! 2 people booked on the tour pulled out, so then there was 6 of us and our guide. We were provided with as much waterproof/warm layers as we thought we needed and waterproof bag for phones/camera. The location was serene, couldn't believe we had this wonderful location (Harrison Cove) all to ourselves. We felt so lucky, only 3 short bursts of rain, the waterfalls were at their best, our guide was terrific, the observatory was good, the picnic lunch was substantial. As the day came to an end, the sun started to appear and crowds were gone by the time we returned to the terminal.
    Written 5 March 2023
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    sarahkilbertus2018
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    We had a great experience with this company! We did the Milford sound cruise and kayak option which included a stop at the underwater observatory. The cruise was great! Amazing views of Milford sound, great captain who took us up close to many waterfalls and pointed out wildlife (seals and penguins!). Provided lunch was simple but filling. The kayak experience was also great, very well organized, no prior experience needed. The only thing to note about the kayaking though is that you basically just to a big loop in sheltered Harrison cove, where there aren’t many (if any at all) falls. The scenery is beautiful, and we got lucky and saw penguins! The underwater observatory was a cool addition, but not something I would specifically pay extra for had it not already been included.
    Written 24 November 2023
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    Ekta G
    1 contribution
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    We went on a kayak trip aroun Milford sound
    Really expensive and felt ripped off for what it is. Think we kayaked for less than an hour. You don't really go on a journey and only round the shore that you can see from the docking station anyway. The tour guide was nice on the tour and it's not their fault. But felt this was not £100 worth
    The views are lovely and it would have been way better if you could travel out of the shore (i.e not do a small curve of the bank). We were really lucky with the weather and it is lovely to be that close to the national park and nature. I just think it's really expensive for what it is
    Written 25 January 2024
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    travellerfam
    New Zealand45 contributions
    We loved this trip. The cruise was perfect. We'll paced and time taken to stop and take in the wildlife. Great commentary on the boat, very informative but had is smiling the whole time. The kayaking was wonderful. Our guide was great, we felt in good hands and his genuine love of the environment was infectious. Everyone should do this it was an absolute highlight and not strenuous. We had amazing up close penguin encounters, a real day to remember.
    Written 24 November 2020
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    Stephan
    Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
    Nov 2023 • Friends
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The cruise was nice and the kayak trip through the sound was exceptional. I can highly recommend this experience, which was the highlight of our trip so far. We even spotted a couple of penguins (December 8th) which apparently all leave from November end, but we were lucky. My only recommendation is for the tour operator to think about the waste they create. We had a pre-booked and pre-packed lunch meal which came in excessive packaging that was all going to landfill. An insane amount of waste that can surely be changed with some more sustainable practices.
    Written 8 December 2023
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    Lisa H
    1 contribution
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    Will never forget the images of the mountains, waterfalls and beautiful trees that abounded on this trip. So many photos. The Boat goes so close to the waterfalls you think you are right under them. The kayaking was relaxing and provided a relaxing opportunity to get close up to the amazing flora throughout Cove. Staff were amazing. Picnic lunch the most food I have eaten for lunch and very fresh. Being able to snack at our leisure was perfect. Glad I packed a towel for after the kayaking as I got beached and a little water came to join me. But no stress, and gave my husband a laugh on the way. Wasn't prepared for paying so much for parking, getting there early cost more but we had time to walk around before boarding and have morning tea in the Cafe. Millford is a beautiful spot and the history interesting.
    Written 16 December 2023
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    John Doe
    2 contributions
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    Kayaking on Milford Sound was one of the highlights of our six week trip to NZ. Very knowledgeable tour guide. Lunch included which was actually pretty good. Views were unmatched, and the kayak was a more pure way to experience it than the cruise. Saw some penguins as well which was a nice surprise.
    Written 23 October 2023
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    Ciara Mc
    3 contributions
    Jul 2023 • Friends
    I had the best day ever. The cruise was amazing but the kayaking experience crowned it off epicly. Our guide Akiko was soo lovely and tolerated our failed attempts at paddling until we got the hang of it. I honestly couldn't have been happier with our day our. I will definitely be back again.
    Written 9 July 2023
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