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Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Underwater Observatory & Lunch

Product ID: 23807
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Get closer for longer on an all-inclusive nature cruise of Milford Sound. Discover more on a 3-hour cruise that includes a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and the option of a picnic lunch or hot buffet lunch.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Luxuriate in the beauty of Milford Sound on the longest daytime cruise available in the fiord
  • Immerse yourself in a mysterious undersea world at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Listen to lively and informative commentary on the fiord’s history, geology, and wildlife from a specialist nature guide
  • Savor a delicious picnic or hot buffet lunch onboard or feel free to bring your own
  • Taste pure glacial water straight from the waterfalls and stand under Stirling Falls keeping dry with a raincoat provided onboard
Full description
Enjoy an all-inclusive nature experience with excellent wildlife viewing for the longest and best value daytime cruise experience in Milford Sound. Explore the beauty of the fiord on a 3-hour cruise that includes a delicious lunch, complimentary tea and coffee, and a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. 

Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran at the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal to discover more of the fiord on an authentic and insightful experience. Get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and waterfalls. Join the skipper in the open wheelhouse and say hello to the native seals basking on the rocks as you pass them by. Knowledgeable local nature guides will ensure you discover the wildlife, nature, and history of this remarkable sanctuary. Enjoy a delicious picnic or hot buffet lunch onboard. 

Visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory for an experience unlike any other. Hidden under the surface in Harrison Cove in the middle of Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, the Observatory enables you to experience a different perspective of the fiord. Descend 64 steps (10-metres) underwater into a large, fully air-conditioned viewing area and peer out through large windows at the deep underwater haven. Unlike an aquarium, the fish are free to come and go; it’s the people who are contained.
Includes
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Picnic or hot buffet lunch (if option selected)
  • Raincoats provided onboard
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Access to top deck for viewing and panoramic photo opportunities
  • Large viewing windows and covered seating area

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound, New Zealand. Be sure to allow 5 hours driving time from Queenstown and just over 2 hours from Te Anau or opt for a coach and cruise option departing from Queenstown or Te Anau (available to book on GetYourGuide).

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Important information
Know before you go
• Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. The landscape is especially dramatic during wet weather as rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls that cascade down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand meters in height.
• All vessels are fully licensed with a range of beverages plus a selection of snack foods. Note that smoking is not permitted on any of the vessels.
• Reservations may be amended to another date or time, subject to space and availability.
• Free parking is available in Milford Sound and it is approximately a 10 minute walk from the car park to the cruise terminal.
• Timetables, cruise departures and vessels may vary. In the interest of your safety, the local operator may cancel any cruise at any time due to unsafe weather conditions or boat maintenance.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 120 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.7/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Southern Discoveries

Product ID: 23807