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

Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks provided for travellers
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3960P13
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Milford Sound Nature Cruise • Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch • Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory • Complimentary tea and coffee on board the boat • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks, snacks and bottled water (available to purchase) • Transportation to/from attractions • On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours.
Duration
3h
Departure details
Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
Inclusions
Milford Sound Nature Cruise • Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch • Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory • Complimentary tea and coffee on board the boat • Entry/Admission - Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks, snacks and bottled water (available to purchase) • Transportation to/from attractions • On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours.
Departure details
Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Car Parking: On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours. 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.
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
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 75 travellers
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
    Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    Stirling Falls
    Bowen Falls
    Sinbad Gully
  • 3
    Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre
    Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
    See address & details
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4.5
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Julia
1 contribution
stunning
Jul 2021
The weather was amazing, we were super lucky. Though there were no waterfalls. :) We saw dolphins and the observatory was really interesting.
The crew on board was not very informative and we couldnt hear what they were saying as the loudspeakers were off and even after reporting it, nothing changed. But the crew in the observatory was superb, funny, knowledgable, informative. We would have wanted to have more time there though, as there is lot to see and lot of information.
Written 11 July 2021
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Alfe
10 contributions
Great value for money
Jul 2021 • Couples
My favorite part was when the boat came right under the falls. it was fun! The food was also good with free flowing coffee. The best cruise!
Written 8 July 2021
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Kia ora Alfe, Thanks so much for your great review, getting a glacial facial under Stirling Falls is one of our favourite parts of the cruise too. Ngā mihi. Ciara
Written 22 July 2021
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LittleRiverCamp
Little River, Banks Peninsula23 contributions
Amazing experience (and with vegan lunch!)
May 2021
Southern Discoveries are the only cruise operators to offer the underwater observatory at the end of the cruise. We were fortunate to be there in May, so there were very few other tourists, making it a bit more special. As part of the cruise they also provide a packed lunch, and they have a VEGAN option. Vege wrap, vegan cookies and fruit. The staff were friendly and a good laugh.
The weather was terrible, but made for moody photos and there were more waterfalls due to the rain. We highly recommend Southern Discoveries.
Written 7 June 2021
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Kia ora, Thanks so much for your great review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory and your vegan lunch. Thanks so much for your recommendation to futures guests. Ngā mihi,
Written 10 June 2021
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Simone S
Taihape, New Zealand16 contributions
Worth doing
May 2021
Was a lovely cruise, good information was given very clear over sound system, the packed lunch supplied was good value. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We did see dolphins at a distance which was lovely.
Written 28 May 2021
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Kia ora Simone, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy to hear you had a h=great in Milford Sound with us. Ngā mihi,
Written 10 June 2021
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Justine
10 contributions
Experience must do for all ages
May 2021 • Family
This cruise is so worth the drive from Queenstown. The beautiful Mountains, and people that helped with booking, making the trip amazing.. lunches, (which also had vegan option 👌🏽) getting wet under a couple of waterfalls, commentary, crew members aboard and at the underwater observatory were all great. A highly recommended must do!! Loved every moment.
Written 20 May 2021
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Kia ora Justine, Thanks so much for taking the time to pass on your feedback and leave such an awesome review. The drive to Milford is pretty spectacular. We're so happy to hear our staff looked after you and you enjoyed your time in Milford Sound. Ngā mihi,
Written 27 May 2021
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SesJ
Nelson, New Zealand52 contributions
Breathtaking scenery
We did the Discover More cruise which included a visit to the underwater observatory and we also had a very generous packed lunch as part of our deal. We were on one of the smaller vessels but there was plenty of space outdoors and our very knowledgeable skipper kept up an interesting commentary. The staff were friendly and the scenery was spectacular! We loved nosing under Stirling Falls and feeling the spray. The underwater observatory was a real highlight for our 8 year old and the passionate and knowledgeable staff there provided some great facts. It’s strange feeling like the fish are watching you! Would definitely recommend this 3 hour experience.
Written 25 April 2021
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Kia ora Ses, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a great review.We're stoked to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. The underwater observatory is pretty cool, did you know it's New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory? We're glad the team looked after you and hopefully we'll see you back in Milford Sound again soon. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 29 April 2021
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Tayla m
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand13 contributions
Amazing experience
Apr 2021
A fantastic cruise through sceneries we couldn't imagine to experience. The packed lunch was a yummy perk and there was plenty of opportunities to get amazing pictures! The "glacial facial" was definitely a highlight.
Written 11 April 2021
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Kia ora Tayla, We're stoked you had a great time in Milford, you can't go to Milford and not get a glacial facial, it's one of the best parts of the cruise! Thanks so much for taking the time to pass on your feedback. Ngā mihi, Ciara
Written 15 April 2021
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Colin
1 contribution
Great Experience
Mar 2021
We had a great Cruise. The weather was perfect, the views were fantastic and the staff were very friendly. On the cruise we saw Dolphins come right over to the boat, which was a bit of a highlight. The observatory was a nice added bonus. The lunch was good and there was free coffee and tea throughout the trip..
Written 22 March 2021
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Kia ora Colin Thanks so much for your five star review. We're stoked you had a great time in Milford with us on our Discover More Cruise, and you so dolphins, that's always a highlight for us if they turn up. Ngā mihi,
Written 24 March 2021
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frances s
79 contributions
Great cruise and excellent value.
Feb 2021
Great cruise with good commentary and excellent addition of the underwater observatory. Thoroughly enjoyed whole day and excellent value.
Written 12 March 2021
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Thanks so much for your great review Frances. We're stoked to hear you had a great day with us in Milford Sound. Ngā mihi. Ciara
Written 17 March 2021
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Louise D
15 contributions
Epic trip
Great hosts, amazing scenery, educational commentary, and the observatory was well worth it!
Able to accommodate gluten free - just give them a call.
Written 11 March 2021
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Kia ora Louise, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this great review, we really appreciate it. The observatory is pretty cool, glad you enjoyed it. Ngā mihi. Ciara
Written 17 March 2021
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Just Amazing! 100% Recommend
We had an amazing experience! Our coach driver/tour guide Brad was lovely and very knowledgeable! His loveliness an
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What A Day!!
Absolutely amazing day!! Beautiful scenery! Beautiful Weather! Knowledgeable Driver! What more could you ask for!!
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Outstanding
We had a great day out with Greg on Saturday.Greg was friendly and informative ,with a few great laughs thrown in
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Great day out!
What an amazing day! I hadn't been looking forward to spending so long on the coach, but the scenery was incredible
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Perfect score would recommend to anyone
The coach ride was wonderful! Commentary was informative and funny as well. Made the 3 hour drive like 1 hour. Woul
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Amazing
Stunning views, entertaining commentary. We had snow almost all the way there and back but clear for our boat trip.
livvyhunt
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Best Day Trip!!!!
Such a wonderful way to spend the day exploring a spectacular part of the South Island! Southern discoveries made i
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Recommend this trip with Southern Discoveries
The Milford Sound trip with Southern Discoveries was great. Made all the better by brilliant weather, recent snowfa
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Fantastic day
Top Day. Our bus Driver Greg was absolutely fantastic. Total professional hidden under a heavy veneer of humor. Ver
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A company that went above and beyond
What a wonderful tour that we had yesterday, besides the magnificent sceneries and how beautiful this part of South
Ashleyy1245
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Just go for it
Such a great day! Great driver who has a vast amount of knowledge, the use of Te Reo was awesome for myself as i am
JJBodyfelt
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Must do!
The whole trip was simply amazing. Our driver Gabe was incredible! Super knowledgeable, safe driver, and has a grea
Donna V
Donna V
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Excellent trip don't think twice!! Book it!!
The whole trip experience was great! Brad our driver had a fantastic commentary on the way out to to Milford sounds
NZlovetotravel
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Special Day
As soon as we went into the Southern Discoveries office in Te Anau we were greeted with friendly staff who made us
ged2850
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Awesome time
Absolutely stunning views ,makes you proud to be a New Zealander . The bus ride was entertaining with a very educat
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