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Southern Discoveries Milford Sound Day Cruise

Milford Sound Cruise with Underwater Observatory - Morning Departure

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  • Summer Early Afternoon Departure
  • Cruise along the full length of the Milford Sound fiord
  • Friendly and informative commentary
  • Visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory
  • Chance to see seals, dolphins or a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin
  • Explore the natural world of the fiord
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A Milford Sound Cruise is a must-do on any Queenstown itinerary with majestic mountain peaks, lush forest-clad cliffs and curious wildlife. For a close encounter with the breathtaking New Zealand Fiordland, book yourself a seat on this top Milford Sound Cruise with access to the underwater observatory.

Get comfortable on the outdoor decks or indoor lounge during this three hour Milford Sound Cruise - the longest Milford Sound Cruise available. See seals, dolphins and the Fiordland Crested Penguin and get up close to waterfalls on this relaxing Milford Sound Cruise. The day cruise also includes a visit to the underwater observatory for a sneak peek at colourful creatures and black coral.


  • 2 hour Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Visit to New Zealand's Underwater Observatory


  • Transfers to and from accommodation


  • Milford Sound's longest cruise
  • The only cruise in Milford that includes a visit to New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory
  • Descend 10 metres below the surface to check out rare black coral in it's natural habitat and meet colourful sea creatures
  • Get closer for the chance to see seals, dolphins or even a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin
  • Getting you so close to waterfalls you'll need a raincoat!
  • Outdoor decks and comfortable indoor lounge decks perfect for Milford Sound in any weather


  • All guests must check in 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time

Departure Location

  • Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound
  • 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 Sound 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 20 minutes prior to your cruise for check-in

What To Bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Light shorts or trousers
  • Change of clothes (in case you get wet)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Drink bottle, sunhat, sunglasses, insect repellent

Additional Information

  • Check-in at the Southern Discoveries counter in the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • The operator reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel cruise departures and substitute vessels at any time for safety or operational reasons including due to unsafe weather conditions or vessel maintenance
  • Minimum numbers must be met for all tours to operate
  • Milford Sound is a natural environment so wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Passengers who do not check-in for departure will be considered “no shows” and are not entitled to a refund

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
Remember to charge your camera before embarking on this journey as you won't want to miss out on the breathtaking photo opportunities
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