The best way to see Milford Sound is by taking a sightseeing day cruise. Southern Discoveries offers various options depending on the season, but all offer incredible views and special extras, making it an unforgettable experience.
The Encounter Cruise is a 2 hour 15 minute cruise on a small but luxurious vessel. Look for wildlife like dolphins and penguins while you cruise Milford Sound, and taste fresh glacial water straight from the waterfalls around you. Cruises can be purchased separately or as part of a return bus or coach tour.
The slightly shorter Scenic Cruise takes place on board the Pride of Milford, a large catamaran ideal for groups with large windows and viewing decks. Travel the length of the fiord looking out for wildlife and visit the captain on the open bridge. This is the preferred cruise for Milford Sound tours from Queenstown and Te Anau.
The Discover More Cruise is the longest and most in-depth Milford Sound cruise available. Discover the fiord in a more personal and interactive way. It ncludes access to the Discovery Centre, and summer cruises visit parts of the sound no other vessel can reach.
If you’re an active traveller with a taste for adventure, opt for a more intimate experience by kayaking the sound as well as cruising it.
With a nature guide handy to help you out and point out features such as Pembroke Glacier and the local wildlife, you're in good hands. This option includes a Milford Sound cruise, entry to the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory and a relaxed 1 hour kayak in sheltered Harrison's Cove.
The Milford Sound Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers a unique view of this magical part of New Zealand and enhances your Milford Sound experience.
Visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory and take a glimpse at the fascinating underwater environment which lies just below the water’s surface. Get up close to colourful sea life and discover the species of black coral usually found at depths of 500 metres in the open ocean.
You’ll also learn more about the history of Milford Sound and the building of the Homer Tunnel, with tales of intrepid Māori explorers and early European settlers, video footage of brutal avalanches and explanations of the way this region was shaped.
You can learn more about the Milford Discovery Centre on the Southern Discoveries website.