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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

  • 2.5-hour boat cruise in Milford Sound with visit to the Discovery Center and Underwater Observatory, plus kayak option
  • Travel by boat through stunning Milford Sound, part of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park
  • Includes a stop at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to observe marine life up close
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
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9.30am Cruise & KayakMost Popular
Cruise with entry to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, and kayak tour. Please note the minimum age to kayak is 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult or guardian in a double kayak.
From US$138.39
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Cruise with entry to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and a Picnic Lunch
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11.30am Cruise & kayak
Cruise with entry to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, and kayak tour. Please note the minimum age to kayak is 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult or guardian in a double kayak.
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This 2.5-hour Milford Sound cruise in UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park stops at the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, accessible only by boat. Your midday cruise on a smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering prime viewing and more time on the water than other tours. Hear informative commentary from naturalist guides on board, and enjoy a provided picnic lunch. Upgrade to include a 1-hour kayak excursion and paddle Harrison Cove in a small-group limited to 12 people.
What to Expect
Board your cruise boat at Milford Wharf for the 2.5-hour drive to Milford Sound. View the stunning landscape of World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park through panoramic windows.

Your midday 2.5-hour cruise on the sparkling waters of the oft mist-shrouded Milford Sound is outside of peak tour hours, so you can thoroughly soak up the tranquil beauty of the fiord. Two onboard naturalists describe the natural landmarks, such as Mitre Peak, as you glide past cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs in this top New Zealand destination. 

Access the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory by boat for a 30-minute exploration of exhibitions on the fiord’s geology, history and wildlife. Descend 33 feet (10 meters) into an underwater world to find butterfly perch, blue cod, rare black coral and other sea creatures that inhabit Milford Sound.

Returning to your boat, indulge in a provided picnic lunch, ending your Milford Sound boat cruise at Milford Wharf.

Cruise and Kayak Upgrade to include a Milford Sound kayak trip with a small group, limited to 12 people. Follow a naturalist guide into the calm waters of Harrison Cove. Ogle at Pembroke Glacier and Harrison Valley as you paddle around for 1 hour before returning to the boat. Gear and instruction are provided; no prior kayaking experience necessary.
Reviews (52)
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Reviewed yesterday

Great day out cant fault it, driver Roland particularly helpfull and friendly with many stops along the way. Staff at southern discoveries very efficient. Boat trip super with crew and skipper having a great sense of humour and very informative

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeffmackie53
Reviewed 23 January 2018
Very worthwhile experience!

Southern Discoveries did a fantastic job and we are so glad we spent the money on doing both the cruise and kayak tour. The cruise takes you through the whole sound, showing you the vegetation, mountains and often seals up close. Then you get a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank CorwinL7
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile
Amazing trip and friendly staff

Great trip around Milford Sound. Excellent commentary and knowledgeable staff on board and beautiful views. Interesting information at the underwater centre and enjoyed the kayak. Picnic bags were great and great to see recycling all over the place. The staff were awesome. We left our...More

1  Thank TJB73
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile
Best day of our South Island tour

Came to do this tour with my cousin on our brief trip around the South Island. When we originally booked this tour, we were a bit taken back by the price (as we are traveling as cheaply as possible not being that wealthy!) but after...More

1  Thank BondyNZ
Reviewed 24 November 2017
Great kayaking on the Milford Sound

We took the Fly-cruise-Kayak tour from Queenstown (we didn't have enough time to drive there). It was expensive but the flight was so worth it ! So scenic. During the cruise we saw dolphins and seals, and so many waterfalls ! We finished with the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Roxane d
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