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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

This Milford Sound cruise in UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park stops at the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, accessible only by boat. Your midday cruise on a smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering prime viewing and more time on the water than other tours. Hear informative commentary from naturalist guides on board, and enjoy a provided picnic lunch. Upgrade to include a kayak excursion and paddle Harrison Cove in a small-group limited to 12 people.
  • Travel by boat through stunning Milford Sound, part of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park
  • Includes a stop at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to observe marine life up close
  • Learn from expert guides about the history, wildlife, and geology of Milford Sound
  • Marvel at towering mountains, thundering waterfalls and abundant animal life of this glacier-carved landscape
  • Have the option to include a guided kayak excursion limited to 12 people

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Most Milford Sound cruises can take upwards of 250 people. On this cruise, only 90 people are allowed onboard, making for a more relaxing experience as you travel at off-peak hours.
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Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
Picnic lunch
Local guide
Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
All kayaking equipment if you choose to add kayaking to your cruise
Gratuities
Milford Sound Highway, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your cruise boat at Milford Wharf and head out to Milford Sound. View the stunning landscape of World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park through panoramic windows.

Your midday cruise on the sparkling waters of the oft mist-shrouded Milford Sound is outside of peak tour hours, so you can thoroughly soak up the tranquil beauty of the fiord. Two onboard naturalists describe the natural landmarks, such as Mitre Peak, as you glide past cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs in this top New Zealand destination. 

Access the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory by boat for an exploration of exhibitions on the fiord’s geology, history and wildlife. Descend 33 feet (10 meters) into an underwater world to find butterfly perch, blue cod, rare black coral and other sea creatures that inhabit Milford Sound.

Returning to your boat, indulge in a provided picnic lunch, ending your Milford Sound boat cruise at Milford Wharf.

Cruise and Kayak Upgrade to include a Milford Sound kayak trip with a small group, limited to 12 people. Follow a naturalist guide into the calm waters of Harrison Cove. Ogle at Pembroke Glacier and Harrison Valley as you paddle around leisurely before returning to the boat. Gear and instruction are provided; no prior kayaking experience necessary.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Enjoy a cruise in the 8th wonder of the world and a visit to New Zealand;'s only floating underwater observatory with picnic lunch included. For the ultimate Milford Sound experience add one hour kayaking around sheltered harrison Cove.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
A unique opportunity to visit New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory, accessible only by boat
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible onto boat but no disabled toilets onboard. Vessel has large viewing windows, ideal for wheelchairs.
  • Please note the minimum age to kayak is 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult or guardian in a double kayak.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Southern Discoveries

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour?
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 with Optional Kayak Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour?
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 with Optional Kayak Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour.

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  • "Most days in Milford Sound not be as ideal as those pictured on promotional literature, but it is worth the visit." See review

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Awesome tour... cool guides!
welzer1986
, Dec 2019
A cool trip, informative and exciting... we would do it again! Southern discovery’s did. a great Job!
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Milford Sound is one of the most...
Michael R
, Jun 2018
Milford Sound is one of the most spectactular places on this earth. The day we did the tour was windy and rainy, but I still marvelled at the beauty of the place. Because of the weather, our Kayak Tour and the visit to the Discovery Center were cancelled. But the tour organizer contactect Viator and the refund was issued within a few days. Most days in Milford Sound not be as ideal as those pictured on promotional literature, but it is worth the visit. In fact, on rainy days, the waterfalls are more numerous and more spectacular. I have video of the the wind forcing the water up the side of the mountains. So even if the weather is not perfect, you won't be disappointed.
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Great tour to Milford Sound although...
pampascal
, May 2018
Great tour to Milford Sound although we could not do the kayak trip for safety reasons due to the weather conditions, but it was very good anyway.
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We enjoyed the information the...
Gail B
, Mar 2018
We enjoyed the information the nature guide provided as the boat slowly cruised around Milford Sound and took us very close to the waterfalls and seals so we could take photographs. Kayaking was very peaceful and educational. It was a beautiful sunny day and it hadn't rained for three days so the water was very clear. A great day in Milford Sound!
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Tour was great. It was during the...
Leonard C
, Jan 2018
Tour was great. It was during the rainy season, and because of that the waterfalls along the fiords is majestic. Guide and boat captain took us real close to the falls. Highly recommended
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A really enjoyable and enjoyable...
pamandmc
, Jan 2018
A really enjoyable and enjoyable cruise of Milford Sound. Nice size crowd of the boat, with plenty of room for everyone and having the picnic lunch included saved the hassle of worrying about that. The only slight draw back was that it was difficult to make out wait the nature guide was saying at times
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The cruise took us through the...
tjfoster22
, Dec 2017
The cruise took us through the scenic sound and into the Tasman Sea. The crew was very accommodating and answered any question I had. We went on the kayak tour afterwards and it was a the best part for my wife and I, the kayak guides were very informative about the sound and we were able to see 10 very rare penguins as we paddled around. It helped that the weather was perfect but I would definitely recommend this to someone else.
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Fantastic day. We had blue skies...
Gina T
, Nov 2017
Fantastic day. We had blue skies. Kayak Tour was a great addition. The discovery centre could have been missed though.
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This is highly recommended...
STEPHEN RICHARD G
, Jun 2017
This is highly recommended - wonderful and memorable experience - many thanks to viator for a quick and uncomplicated booking process.
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Milford Sound is an absolutely...
Caylie C
, May 2017
Milford Sound is an absolutely stunning part of the Fiordland National park. This tour gets you great views up close of the mountains and waterfalls and even on a rainy/misty its worth it, with all the extra waterfalls cascading down the mountains. Kayaking was really fun and we were the only couple
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