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Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory

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Milford Wharf | Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, New Zealand
+64 3-441 1137
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Milford Wharf | Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, New Zealand
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"marine life"
in 21 reviews
"underwater observatory"
in 45 reviews
"southern discoveries"
in 25 reviews
"black coral"
in 7 reviews
"coral gardens"
in 2 reviews
"sea level"
in 3 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"excellent guide"
in 2 reviews
"interesting things"
in 2 reviews
"informative staff"
in 2 reviews
"unique experience"
in 4 reviews
"take your time"
in 2 reviews
"deep water"
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"day cruise"
in 4 reviews
"included lunch"
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"picnic lunch"
in 5 reviews
"smaller boat"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very professionally run. While extra time and cost added to the basic Milford Sound cruise I would recommend adding in this option.

Thank KeenPhotographer-11
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're doing a Milford Sound Cruise woth southern discoveries I recommend to visit the discover more package which includes the underwater observatory. This place is breathtaking and the tourguides provide a fun explanation of everything in Milford Sound! So this is an absolute MUST...More

Thank ChrigiZH
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well organised, funny, comfortable and value for money. A long day that went quickly. Blown away by the scenery. Loved the boat trip and the lunch was much better than we expected (eat as soon as you get on board!). Driver Paul was brilliant. Recommended.

Thank Jill B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So worth it! Loads of underwater animals and plantlife to see. Informative commentary and accommodating guide who answered lots of questions from Miss 7.

Thank NixieGee
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Bruce was a delight and made the long bus ride from Te Anau go by fairly quickly. It was a fabulous tour, we lucked out with the sunny warm weather, and the discovery center was icing on the cake. Highly recommend Southern Discoveries!

Thank betsyl105
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Toured the Observatory as part of a package cruise with Southern Discoveries via the Lodge. Quite surprising to see how much underwater life there is in the Sound! The Observatory is very well maintained, the windows were clean and easy to photograph through. Our guide...More

Thank SweersLyn
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The boat trip was great and the boat was not too big. Some of the others were huge and not our kind of tourists. The commentary was excellent and the sights were fabulous. However the underwater add on excursion was not as good as the...More

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

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
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

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!

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 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
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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!
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Scottie061
19 November 2016|
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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
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Scottie061
19 November 2016|
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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
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