Milford Sound Observatory

A unique view of Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a beautiful fjord located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. One of the unique attractions in Milford Sound is the Milford Sound Observatory, which offers a fascinating view of the underwater environment of the fjord without getting your feet wet! 

What is the Milford Sound Observatory?

The Milford Sound Observatory is a floating underwater observatory located in Harrison Cove, Milford Sound. It is the only floating underwater observatory in New Zealand and offers a unique view of the fascinating underwater environment of the fjord. 

Visitors can walk down the steps into the large underwater viewing room and find themselves 10 meters below sea level, in air-conditioned comfort. They can see the colorful sea life up close and discover the species of black coral usually found at depths of 500 meters in the open ocean. Visitors can gaze at the fish and other wildlife – it’s just like visiting an aquarium, except the exhibits are roaming free and you’re the one in the enclosure!

What else can you do at the Milford Sound Observatory?

In addition to the underwater observatory, the Milford Sound Discovery Centre has everything you need to learn about the history of Milford Sound and the building of the Homer Tunnel. Visitors can learn about the first Māori settlers and early European arrivals. You can also watch video footage of amazing avalanches, and learn about the way this region was shaped. 

The Milford Sound Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory is located in Harrison Cove and is only accessible by boat. Spaces are limited and must be pre purchased as part of a cruise packages.