The best way to see Milford Sound is with a sightseeing cruise. Southern Discoveries offers various options depending on the season, but all offer incredible views and an unforgettable experience.
The Encounter Cruise is a 2 hour 15 minute cruise on a small but luxurious boat. Look for wildlife like dolphins and penguins while you cruise Milford Sound, and taste fresh glacial water from the waterfalls around you. You can book Milford Sound cruises separately or as part of a return bus or coach tour.
The Scenic Cruise is the preferred cruise for Milford Sound tours from Queenstown and Te Anau. Board the Pride of Milford, a large catamaran ideal for groups with large windows and viewing decks, and cruise along the fiord looking out for wildlife and visit the captain on the open bridge. Another option is the Discover More Cruise: the longest and most in-depth Milford Sound cruise. This includes 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.