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Overview

Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the Milford Sound on a cruise that includes admission to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. Choose from several options for your cruise, depending on the amount of time you have available and the level of detail you desire. Get close to towering rock walls and waterfalls, and see the aquatic world through the windows of the observatory. Lunch, as well as onboard coffee and tea are included with all cruise options.
  • The most in depth cruise experience in Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory admission ticket provided
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, as well as lunch included with all cruise options
  • Suitable for visitors of all ages
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch
Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
Complimentary tea and coffee on board the boat
Alcoholic drinks, snacks and bottled water (available to purchase)
Transportation to/from attractions
On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours.
Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre , Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Infant meals not included
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Commentary in English only, translation sheets on cruise highlights are provided on board cruise
  • Vegetarian options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Car Parking: On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the main carpark to the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre. Alternatively, you can park free of charge at Deepwater Basin Carpark and walk over to Freshwater Basin to the Cruise Terminal. This walk is approximately 30 minutes in duration, so additional time will need to be allocated in order to do this comfortably and arrive at the terminal 15 minutes prior to your cruise for check-in.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Southern Discoveries
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch.
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What is the social distancing policy during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch.

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  • "Factor extra time (~10 mins) to walk from carpark to wharf." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Timeless classic - a must do in NZ
YEWMENG_L
, May 2022
The stunning waterfalls and layered mountains plus the beautiful rainbow. A sight to behold even after 21 years. The observatory was educational.
star-1
Wouldn’t recommend.
Marinus_D
, May 2022
Previously went to Milford and loved it. This time, didn’t enjoy. Booked online under the impression that it was $NZ only to get slapped with $USD once paid. Very miss leading. Said lunch on website only to get a picnic lunch. No coffee on board, out of order. Discovery world didn’t offer much. This is the first time in my life I felt the need to complain and leave feedback.
star-5
Mindblowing
Kim_F
, May 2022
This trip was mindblowing, stunning day and unbelievable views. The staff where great, helpful, and answered all our questions. Our picnic lunch was awesome along with the observatory visit. High recommend.
star-5
What an amazing...
pete_c
, May 2022
What an amazing experience . The addition of the underwater pontoon was awesome . What an amazing back yard we have
star-5
Great tour. The kids...
Michelle_H
, Apr 2022
Great tour. The kids loved the water falls, friendly staff, great lunch that everyone enjoyed……………….
star-5
Kiwi dream
Peter_P
, Apr 2022
We had an amazing time and the skipper was very informative. The weather was great. We even saw Hector Dolphins.
star-4
ALL IS GOOD..UNTIL DAN RUINED IT
Alfredo_L
, Mar 2022
the cruise is awesome, had a great time for the duration of the cruise not until the underwater observation part where DAN (one of the tour guides) who is very inconsiderate of trying to separate us from our family for the duration of the tour. it would be kind for him to ask us why we want to be with the next group, instead he acted like he doesn’t care, i think he was in a hurry to get the things done. all is well we are all happy until this guy ruined it
star-5
Picture perfect
Amberley_R
, Feb 2022
Absolutely stunning scenery, lovely boat and very good staff, very informative, highly recommend! 10/10
star-5
Breathtaking experience with beauty and wilderness
Praveen_M
, Jan 2022
Visting Milford sound was dream come true for me, with stunning views and an amazing Cruise experience. My family enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks, team
star-5
Loved it
Ana_A
, Jan 2022
Loved the experience well worth it. Interesting to learn more at the observatory and see wildlife. Perfect weather and food service on the cruise was convenient.
star-4
Milford Sound Cruise
Jagath_K
, Jan 2022
We were lucky to see worlds 3rd most rarest penguin during our cruise and captain was so kind to give us closer look. The day was gloomy but wasn't raining, great experiance with amazing waterfalls and scenaries. Plenty of food too.
star-5
Thanks for everyone
jithendra_h
, Jan 2022
Under water observatory is the most memorable part of this tour. Excellent experience. The crew members were very friendly and they were explained about this place clearly. Thanks for everyone
star-5
Best thing we have ever done.
Connor_D
, Dec 2021
The views were outstanding. Very unforgettable experience. We got to see a slip on our tour which was considered rare.
star-5
Sunny Day in Milford Sound
Lalith_W
, Dec 2021
Great Service. A cruise on a Sunny day is a blessing. Still with few water falls and specially the company of dolphins were amazing.
star-5
Million views
Yutasak_M
, Dec 2021
Great company to deal with Nice and clam Beautiful sunny day Million views there Best views In New Zealand
star-5
Skipper an Crew on Lady Bowen your the best!!!
Ros_H
, Dec 2021
Our Trip was Absolutely Freckin Awsum. Every Kiwi should Visit Milford Sounds it’s a National Treasure that you don’t realise until you experience it. Made Us so honoured to be born in NZ. To the Skipper an Crew on Lady Bowen you are the Best.Fantastic!
star-4
Overall very good. Would recommend it to others
Russell_K
, Nov 2021
Just being on the cruise, Bowen falls + the other waterfalls. Wildlife. Lovely lunch. A bit disappointed by the small numbers of fish at the observatory
star-5
Stunning scenery and relaxed atmosphere
Michelle_d
, Nov 2021
There were only 43 people on our trip and so the boat was spacious with plenty of room to move around. The landscape was stunning and we got close the the fjords and the waterfalls with a great commentary from our captain. We saw penguins and seals and enjoyed sailing out into the Tasman Sea before turning into the relative calm of the fjords. There was enough rain that the waterfalls were srunning and the underwater observatory was magical.
star-5
Don’t let the weather put you off
Julie_C
, Nov 2021
It was a wet day with snow all around the Mountains which made it perfect with all the water falls going. Amazing trip and lovely staff.
star-5
Great family outing
Cherie_W
, Oct 2021
Great team, knowledgeable commentary, fantastic scenery. Beautiful drive from Queenstown over to Milford Sounds. Recommended.

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