Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 Kayaking tours in serene Harrisons Cove. Let us show you our Milford Sound.
Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Bolton1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Booked without lunch. Superb trip with spectacular scenery and stops en route to Milford Sound. The cruise itself was breathtaking. Our coach driver, Browny (Paul Brown) was fantastic. He gave us the facts and information about the area but also told us Mauri stories along with tales from his own family history.
Written 4 March 2024
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Power C
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Pros:
- Easy to book and organise
- Not too expensive compared to other companies
- Visitor centre staff were very helpful
- The cruise and underwater observatory were phenomenal
- Great selection of food on board

Cons:
- Everyone is given lanyards with a clear pouch at visitor centre with multiple cards to access bus/boat/lunch/observatory but a lot of people on the bus were genuinely yelled at by the driver for putting the cards in the clear pouch
- The bus driver "grumpy Greg" was very grumpy! Giving out to multiple passengers for using the clear pouches. I saw him getting very angry with many passengers includong some that obviously did not speak English very well.

Overall:
- Great sightseeing and observatory but the 4hr bus journey each way with an angry bus driver was very uncomfortable and heavily tainted the experience
Written 3 March 2024
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John G
Eugene, Oregon9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour was 3 hours long. Purchase of the tickets was easy. If your are driving your party to the cruise starting point, you should arrive at the car parking area at least 1hr 15 minutes ahead. There is a 15-30 minute walk to the boat. If you are a slow walker add additional time. Check in and departure easy. Tour on the water was awesome. Wonderful scenery and photo opportunities. Free coffee and tea onboard. Food for purchase. Our tour included the underwater excursion. If you have been to a experience like a middle/large aquarium or other site hosting underwater views. Underwater excursion underwhelming.
Written 1 March 2024
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Shailesh L
North Brunswick, NJ12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was amazing experience. Southern Discoveries made it very easy, right from booking, checking-in and onboarding. We enjoyed the underwater observatory as well, more so because we got to spend more time at Milford. Fjords are simply majestic.
Written 1 March 2024
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joday013
Western Australia, Australia170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a great tour, not to much to think about just enjoy the ride. The boat was top notch. The staff were excellent. The only 2 negatives were the sandflies, and the challenging drive in from Te Anau.
Just the right amount of information given for what you needed to know. The car parking fee is $10 an hour. You can park in the free parking but it is a bit of a walk.
Written 1 March 2024
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907JLeMay
Anchorage, AK169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cruise of Milford Sound was full of waterfalls and spectacular views. We saw a few fur seals and birds but did not see any aquatic life from the boat. The observatory was amazing. See black coral was a new experience, and it was fun to see fish.
Written 29 February 2024
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JAG782
Camp Hill, PA61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This cruise was fine for what it was - a huge ship and several hundred passengers. Unfortunately we didn't really grasp it until we were lining up. We stayed on the top deck the entire time as the food service and bathrooms created an unpleasant odor and the views were unencumbered from this location. The cruise itself was efficient, as it made its way around the sound, to a few waterfalls and close to the edge where we could see seals. We couldn't really hear anything from the captain above the motors. We opted out of the observatory and did not eat lunch on board. If I were to do it again I would definitely opt for a substantially smaller boat/crowd. This cruise not venture very close to the ocean. We noticed other boats took passengers further out.
Written 29 February 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Our trip was amazing. We were fortunate o have beautiful weather - blue skies and warm temperatures. Views were outstanding, the bout trip and underwater observatory were fascinating. All was made even better by our charming driver, Stan. He provided excellent information, safe driving and humorous commentary. This is a trip not to be missed.
Written 27 February 2024
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Julia G
Great Malvern, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It was a very early start to meet our coach for 7am, but Southern Discoveries made it easy by arranging pickups from local hotels. The coach driver (Stan) was brilliantly entertaining, while telling us what we needed to know and giving us some background to the area we were travelling through. We had 2 loo breaks and 3 brief stops to admire views, and arrived at the wharf at exactly the right time. Our trip out on the boat was fantastic. The food was good and there was some commentary, but the PA system was not clear on the observation decks, so we missed some of that.
The underwater observatory was fascinating, but that part of the visit felt a bit rushed and the staff did not seem quite as invested in our enjoyment as all the others we met.
It was far colder than we expected, so I recommend taking one more layer than you think you need, and you will have a fabulous day out.
Written 26 February 2024
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DNsquared
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This was a great trip. The cruise was beautiful. Bring warm clothes if you want to sit on the top deck (recommended). It can be cold and windy. I'd the box lunch and skip the buffet (and line). Most importantly -- do the kayak trip. It was the highlight, and having only a little time at the observatory was more than enough. We even saw penguins (which is rare, we were told)! I couldn't believe that off the 150 or so people on the cruise, only 4 went kayaking.
Written 26 February 2024
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