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Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory

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Address: Milford Wharf | Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
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Great cruise of Milford Sound.

Our motel reception advised us to take the Milford Sound cruise with Southern Discoveries. We took the Nature Cruise with the Discover More upgrade. This included lunch and entry... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Craig J
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Timaru
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good informative introduction to the centre with excellent interpretive displays. Actual black coral and fish not that easy to photograph and we were rushed (last tour of the day. Pity your can't just water taxi there, you HAVE to take a full Milford Sound boat tour.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our motel reception advised us to take the Milford Sound cruise with Southern Discoveries. We took the Nature Cruise with the Discover More upgrade. This included lunch and entry into the Underwater Observatory. We had a great cruise with unbelievable views. They catered for gluten free people and the lunch was very good.

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Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boat trip was nice seeing the waterfalls which were in full flow due to the constant rain. Had to stay inside the cabin a lot of the time as weather was wet and cold. Observatory was disappointing not many different sort of fish or plant life to see. If we had paid separately for this activity we would be disappointed... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had purchased a package that included a room at the Milford Sound Lodge, breakfast in the Lodge, a Southern Discoveries cruise, the Discovery Center and a box lunch. This was a good idea and a good value. The Discovery Center was the last stop for the day. We had a guide who described what we were seeing in the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a Milford Sound day cruise with Southern Discoveries in early February. The trip out to the Tasman through the fjord was breathtaking and informative. The boat was comfortable and clean and afforded great views. We took the addition of the visit to the Discovery Centre which was worthwhile. Guides were well informed and customer focused.

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Idleyld Park, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

If you are planning a day trip on the Milford Sound go with SouthernDiscoveries.. The day trip on the "Pride" and a stop-over at the Underwater Observatory is a must do adventure. After a visit to the Discover center you will leave having a better understanding of why Milford Sound is known as the eighth wonder of the world...

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Thank Bill B
London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

What an awesome educational place! Staff are well informed and passionate about their work. It is worth every minute of the 45 minutes you are there.

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Thank Laura J
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This was a tack on to the cruise so it was ok to see. It was nothing special but allows you see some of the sealife in the water. Basically a fish tank.

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Thank alanshu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

If you have any interest at all in marine life, this is a great way to see it up close. While we didn't see any huge fish or dolphins or sharks, we saw lots of black coral, anemones, small and medium size fish. The story of how the Discovery Centre was built and towed to its location is fascinating, and... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We took this optional activity to see what is below the surface of Milford Sound. Our guide was excellent and he explained how the observatory came into being, the different species of fish and why black coral is actually white. We learned something new. The display boards in the entrance hall are also very interesting to read. We had about... More 

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