Southern Discoveries, Queenstown to Milford Sound

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Discover Milford Sound

Discover New Zealand’s spectacular Milford Sound on a personalised sightseeing day cruise with Southern Discoveries

Our Milford Sound tours take in unique wildlife, tumbling waterfalls and the towering beauty and majesty of Mitre Peak, all ‘must do’s’ on any travel itinerary.

Fiordland is one of the last true areas of remote wilderness in the world. Cruise with us and discover ‘our’ Milford Sound.

  • Scenic Cruise - Come aboard for a Milford Sound cruise of a lifetime, enjoyed from the large viewing decks of one of our modern, spacious and purpose-built catamarans. It’s the most modern and comfortable cruising experience in Milford Sound – move freely around the boat and enjoy large viewing decks and stability on the water that only a twin-hull vessel can provide.
  • Encounter Nature Small Boat Cruise - Get up close to nature on the most luxurious small boat in Milford Sound. This is an intimate experience with numbers capped at 75, and on-board Nature Guides offering personal attention. Our smaller boat explores small nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail for 2hr 15min.
  • Discover More Cruise - The longest daytime cruise of any trip available in Milford Sound includes a delicious lunch and a visit to the Milford Discovery Centre, New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory. If you’re looking for a New Zealand experience that's more authentic, more insightful, more informative and more personal – this is it. Discover More gives you time to slow down and really explore the beauty of Milford Sound, getting up close to this stunning, remote part of the country.
  • Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory - New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory is a unique, interactive learning experience. Here you can delve into the natural history, geology and environment of Milford Sound, deepen your understanding of fiord formation, intrepid Maori explorers and early European tourism.
  • Kayaking –The ultimate all-inclusive Milford Sound experience! Includes a Southern Discoveries Milford Sound Cruise, entry to the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and a relaxed 1 hour kayak in serene Harrison’s cove. This is an intimate experience with a maximum of 12 kayaks per tour including a specialist kayak & nature guide to point out the fiord features and wildlife. No previous experience is necessary and we have an automatic lift for easy entry and exit from the kayaks.
  • Go Milford – Southern Discoveries very own personal small group tour departing from Te Anau. Travel in luxury with our local drivers providing fantastic commentary in the heart of Fiordland. Enjoy the comfort of our modern coaches with leather seats, temperature controlled comfort and panoramic views. In Milford Sound you will join our 3hour Discover More Cruise.
  • Food Options - Southern Discoveries can provide you with a delicious selection of food to enjoy on your cruise. Options available include an International Buffet, Gourmet Picnic Lunch, Obento Lunch, Thali Indian Lunch, and Picnic lunch. Must be pre-ordered.

Protecting and Nurturing the environment

In 2009 Southern Discoveries entered into a partnership with the Fiordland Conservation Trust and DOC to establish the Sinbad Sanctuary in Sinbad Gully to the left of the famous Mitre Peak. The aim of the Sinbad Sanctuary project is to see the remote valley of Sinbad Gully become a sanctuary for many engendered & native species. On the 4th February 2011 a breeding pair of Kiwis were released in Sinbad Gully celebrating a milestone that sees the Gully as a safe haven for Kiwi. To date our staff volunteers have helped cut 8.5km of track and check over 70 traps catching 26 stoats and 33 rats. For the latest updates on our Sinbad project please visit our website.

Special Promotions

  • Book online via our website and receive 10% off our Scenic & Encounter Nature cruises
  • Kid’s Go Free during NZ school holidays on all of our Encounter Nature and Scenic cruises and entry into the Milford Discovery Centre.
  • Double the adventure with our Milford & Queenstown combos. Combine the ultimate Milford Sound cruise experience with the thrills of a KJet trip in Queenstown and save up to $40 per person!

Address: Queenstown Information Centre, 30 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Address: Te Anau Information Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand

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30 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300

Phone: +64 3 441 1137

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Address: Queenstown Information Centre, 30 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Address: Te Anau Information Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand

Southern Discoveries, Queenstown to Milford Sound Enquiry Form