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Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

Milford Sound, New Zealand
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About Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises
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.
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise Including optional Lunch

To experience unparalleled views of Milford Sound's natural beauty, don't miss the chance to cruise out on the water, and enjoy the coastal sights. With the sightseeing excursion, you can see it all, from towering waterfalls to mountain peaks, while cruising through Fiordland National Park. Along the way, keep your eyes open for the marine creatures of South Island—including dolphins and penguins—from inside the ship, or on the outdoor deck.
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1 hour 45 minutes
from US$56.81

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

It's no surprise that New Zealand's Milford Sound is sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world, offering views of cascading waterfalls and mountain peaks. Don't miss this natural gem on this intimate South Island cruise, where you coast through the fjord's clear waters, and enjoy live commentary as you go. Just sit back, snap photos of the landscape, and sip a warm included beverage for a cozy ride.
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2 hours 15 minutes
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Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

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.
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3 hours
from US$71.19

Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Queenstown

With waterfalls cascading down mighty cliffs and some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural scenery, Milford Sound is one the South Island’s must-see destinations—but its remote location makes it hard to reach alone. On this tour, spin through the New Zealand countryside in comfort from central Queenstown with your guide. Admire panoramic views from your glass-roof coach, and cruise the calm waters with a picnic lunch included.
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12 hours 30 minutes
from US$143.09

Milford Sound Coach and Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch from Te Anau

Tucked away in the South Island’s beautiful fiordland region, Milford Sound ranks among New Zealand’s most impressive natural attractions—but its remote location makes access challenging. On this tour, enjoy round-trip transport from Te Anau to Milford Sound aboard your premium glass-roof coach and admire panoramic views over the countryside scenery. With buffet lunch included, take to the water for a Milford Sound cruise, and discover native wildlife among the towering waterfalls.
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7 hours
from US$99.95
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Alisha S wrote a review 11 Apr
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
The journey to and from Milford Sound was both exhilarating and entertaining. Greg’s golden commentary and profound knowledge of the South was an enlightening experience. It made what could have been a long coach trip very quick and enjoyable. Every twist and turn revealed an authentic piece of New Zealand culture. Greg went above and beyond by ensuring that we had a way back to Queenstown, as we were unable to book a scenic flight to Queenstown from Milford Sound. We had a golden day on the cruise itself, where there was no sign of rain and we were able to enjoy Milford Sound in a way that is not commonly known for this place. Commentary on board the cruise was informative and the scenery truly justified why it is a wonder if the world. Packed lunch included for an additional $20 pp was generous. Highly recommend Southern Discoveries.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Tayla m wrote a review 10 Apr
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand10 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Reza wrote a review 6 Apr
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Very unique experience, wonderful place to cruise. We traveled in a heavy rainy day - the best time to see hundreds of waterfalls together!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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JanineKemp wrote a review 5 Apr
Albany, New Zealand5 contributions
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We loved it! The bus driver was great, his story telling and all the in depth stories and history along the way were great. The beauty of this region is worth the long drive and such a magical place 😊 It takes about 12 hours to get back to Queenstown, so plan for the day and that you will only be back about 8pm. Take snacks and def take a spare set of clothes if you plan on getting super close to a waterfall!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Dick D wrote a review 3 Apr
Auckland, New Zealand78 contributions9 helpful votes
This was my 3rd time on Milford Sound but the first since the 90's! The stand out for me this time was how friendly and welcoming the staff were! Dan and all his crew were just great - positive, interactive and keen that we had a good time. The lady at the desk was also lovely! We particularly enjoyed Dan's commentary - not the usual obvious repeated spiel but a generous genuine delivery as if it was the first time he'd shared all the interesting facts! Oh and the fiord was simply spectacular of course! We noticed there was just nobody in Milford - we had just 10 fellow cruisers and 3 crew. And lots of the larger boats have been moth-balled waiting for the world to come back! Now is the PERFECT time to visit Milford and Te Anau and enjoy the peace and quiet without the crowds and support these communities! So pleased we did :-)
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