Water activity

Milford Sound: Cruise, Underwater Observatory, and Lunch

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

Milford Sound: Cruise, Underwater Observatory, and Lunch

Activity provider: Southern Discoveries

From US$ 83.54 per person

Go further, get closer, and discover more on this tour of Milford Sound that includes a picnic lunch. See it all on your cruise, including the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Luxuriate in the beauty of Milford Sound on one of the longest daytime experiences available in the fiord
  • Immerse yourself in a mysterious undersea world at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Listen to lively and informative commentary on the fjord’s history, geology, and wildlife from your skipper
  • Savor a delicious picnic lunch onboard or feel free to bring your own
  • Taste pure glacial water straight from the waterfalls and stand under Stirling Falls
Full description

Explore the beauty of the fiord on a vessel that’s purpose-built for the best daytime viewing. Set off on a day-trip that includes a delicious lunch, complimentary tea and coffee, and a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. Climb aboard a smaller vessel at the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal to discover more of the fiord on an authentic and insightful experience. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and waterfalls.

Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by. A knowledgeable local guide will ensure you discover the wildlife, nature, and history of this remarkable sanctuary.

Take a break for a picnic lunch. Choose between a regular, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free picnic option that includes a wrap, cheese, and crackers, seasonal fresh fruit, crisps, a cookie, and a small chocolate bar. Visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory for an experience unlike any other. Hidden under the surface in Harrison Cove in the middle of Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, the Observatory enables you to experience a different perspective of the fiord.

Descend 64 steps (10-metres) underwater into a large, fully air-conditioned viewing area and peer out through large windows at the deep underwater haven. Unlike an aquarium, the fish are free to come and go; it’s the people who are contained.

  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Picnic lunch
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Access to top deck for viewing and panoramic photo opportunities
  • Large viewing windows and covered seating area

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    Meeting point

    Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound, New Zealand. Be sure to allow 5 hours driving time from Queenstown and just over 2 hours from Te Anau or opt for a coach and cruise option departing from Queenstown or Te Anau (available to book on GetYourGuide).

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Jacket
    • Insect repellent

    Know before you go

    • Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall
    • All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels
    • Timetables, cruise departures and vessels may vary. In the interest of your safety, the activity provider may cancel any cruise at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or boat maintenance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 433 reviews

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    The whole experience was fantastic. Everything is so well organised and the information is interesting and informative. The skipper is knowledgeable and friendly and went out of his way to ensure we got to see the wildlife. Coulkdn't have asked for more. The picnic lunchg was fresh and tasty too.

    September 16, 2022

    it was nice we drove from Queenstown to Milford and the view on the way was so beautiful honestly the best drive ever. just to remember there isn't reception half way to Milford sounds and it will be hard find reception when you get there. the cruise was peaceful and beautiful. the team was nice and friendly and the cruise was big and spacious. The tour guide was nice it was nice to learn more about the area and the meaning behind the name of the place and the names of the mountains.

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    July 6, 2022

    we were very lucky that the day was sunny and no rain . A bucket list adventure for us kiwis. comfortable boat and healthy lunch included in our package. It had nice fruit and salad type sandwiches etc the underwater extra part was interesting and the fish varied but small. I realize they cant change the fish around the area. Clean interesting place. Skipper of boat very easy to understand and casual but professional.

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    May 17, 2022

    Product ID: 23807