Southern Discoveries is committed to helping people discover the awe-inspiring and breathtaking sights of the regions we operate including Milford Sound – a place author and poet Rudyard Kipling called the eighth wonder of the world, but where we simply call ‘home’.
We’ve been operating for over 50 years and are committed to selling and delivering the best experiences in Queenstown and Fiordland. As the oldest and most well established company in Milford Sound, we have a full range of vessels and cruises to suit every budget, timeframe and interest offering the widest range of trips in the fiord. We have a fleet that includes two spacious catamarans, a small monohull vessel for our popular Encounter Nature Cruises and Milford Discovery which is available for private charter. We also operate Scenic Cruises, Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound and the Discover More Cruise which incorporates a visit to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. The Milford Discovery Centre is New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory and offers a spectacular insight into this unique marine reserve. We have a range of transport options including coaches and scenic flights, as well as a shareholding in Milford Sound Lodge.
Southern Discoveries recognises the importance of preserving the natural environment, and is hugely committed to the protection of the fiord flora, fauna and wildlife through the Sinbad Sanctuary Project, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Fiordland Conservation Trust.
In Queenstown, we offer scenic cruises on Lake Wakatipu and private charters on Queenstown Discovery. Our newest addition, Spirit of Queenstown, launched in December 2013. The vessel offers a premium cruising experience to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, a merino sheep farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu with a range of authentic farm and 4WD wilderness excursions. Spirit of Queenstown is available for private hire and charters. We also have a 50% shareholding in Queenstown’s KJet, the original Jet boat company.
We like to share sights, knowledge and stories with our visitors that only a local could know. Inspired by a breathtaking journey of discovery, we really believe you’ll never forget your time with Southern Discoveries.
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