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Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory

Milford Wharf | Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, New Zealand
+64 3-441 1137
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Milford Wharf | Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, New Zealand
+64 3-441 1137
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was truly one of the highlights of my 75 years. The tour boat was excellent in every way. Not a luxury cruise, but it was comfortable, not over crowded, and better in ever way than it needed to be. A truly memorable experience.

Thank bobK8666BF
Reviewed 1 week ago

The guides are super duper informative and friendly, easy to approach with questions! The boats are modern and comfortable. The underwater observatory is amazing! the On board pre-purchased lunch is so full of food we couldn't finish it all!

Thank Na_om_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids did enjoy but was a little underwhelmed could have been much better with explanations of other aspects of sound. Quite expensive for what you get.

Thank Tedalls
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We took a Milford Sound nature cruise with Southern Discoveries. Wonderful trip, beautiful scenery, lot of information from well informed guide and lots of stopping to take photos of surroundings and seals. Be prepared to get a little wet although they do supply raincoats on...More

Thank barrettg41
Reviewed 5 January 2018

This was nice to see good photo opportunities. What I expected and more. White coral was amazing. Only disappointment was the guide wanted to keep talking!

Thank Bronnieg2015
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Our family enjoyed the observatory and it's a beautiful location but I definitely wouldn't need to do that bit again. It's quite small inside and while you see some marine life it's not that exciting. The guides were very enthusiastic, informative and helpful though.

Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

When we checked in for our cruise, we also booked tickets to the underwater observatory. I cannot urge you to do this enough! It is not very well advertised but just before the end of the cruise they drop you off at a floating building...More

1  Thank Jenny R
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We really liked the smaller boat. Most were much bigger. The guide was good but she sounded like a person giving a guide on a Disney ride. She was very nice though. She was also the bar tender and provided the food. Perhaps that’s what...More

1  Thank Terri G
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Very interesting stop while cruising on Southern Discovery. You learn a lot about the sound and the geology of the waters. 30 meters below water looking at fish that normally swim at 100 meters. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Very informative staff - loved the interactive personable presentation. Saw penguins, seals and plenty of fish! Tasting the water straight out of the waterfall was an incredible experience.

1  Thank michellevoigt67
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fay m
11 January 2018|
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Response from Bronnieg2015 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry didn’t go kayaking sorry. Just give them a call they would be able to help you. Have a great trip!
19 November 2016|
Response from SouthernDisc | Property representative |
Hi Scott If you haven't booked your cruise yet and you want to include the Discoveryt Centre in your package I would recommend booking our Discover More Cruise, this includes a picnic lunch and entry to the Milford... More
19 November 2016|
Response from SouthernDisc | Property representative |
Hi Scott It really depends on personal fitness, we do get all ages coming to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. You will be able to take your time going up and down, but i would only recommend it if... More