A boat cruise in Milford Sound is one of the best experiences you can have in New Zealand. Taking in the breathtaking scenery, getting showered by a waterfall, and even spotting wildlife are just a few of the highlights. For many, it becomes the most memorable experience of their trip to New Zealand.
There are many ways to experience Milford Sound, but almost every way means you must put your holiday in the hands of one of the Milford Sound tour operators. Picking the best Milford Sound tour operator is very important – I mean, why put this once in a lifetime experience at risk?!
As the top tour operator, Southern Discoveries makes this breathtaking experience the best it can be and here are 7 reasons why!
1. Original Milford Sound Cruise Operator
Southern Discoveries was the first company operating Milford Sound cruises for tourists. Because we have been at it the longest, we are the experts! We know everything there is to know about Milford Sound including the best sights.
Many of our staff have been with us for over a decade and in that time, we have grown significantly but we have never forgotten our roots!
2. Get Closer and See More!
Our purpose-built Milford Sound boats get you closer than anyone else to the action. All of our vessels are kitted out with large viewing windows and outdoor viewing decks so you never miss out on any of the stunning views.
All of our catamarans have a flat bow meaning we get right under Milford Sound’s waterfalls. This gives you the chance to get the famous Milford “glacial facial.” On our smaller boats, we can get so close to the rock walls that surround Milford Sound that you can almost reach out and touch them!
3. The Largest Variety of Experiences
Make your tour to Milford Sound special by personalising it to your interests. Instead of just doing a cruise, why not join a kayaking tour too? Instead of just taking our coach there and back, why not take a return scenic flight?
These are just a few of the different options we offer for visiting Milford Sound. In fact, we offer the widest variety of experiences in Milford Sound which means you can experience as much or as little as you want, knowing that you’re in good hands the entire time! This way you have the freedom to make your trip one like no other!
4. The Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
Did you know that the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory is owned and operated by us, Southern Discoveries? From ten meters below the surface of the fiord, you’ll see wildlife under the water in one of the most beautiful place on earth!
But not only that, our guide will also give an informative commentary about Milford Sound’s very interesting history and answer any questions you may have. After that, you can wander upstairs and read all about Milford Sound in our floating information centre.
It is truly a unique experience that you don’t want to miss!
5. Experiences for Everyone
Milford Sound is an experience for everyone so we’ve made our kayaking accessible for the whole family. Our kayak lift means you and your family can get suited up with all of our high-quality life vests and jackets, hop in your kayak on our deck, and then we can lower you into the water in a safe and controlled environment. This has made kayaking in Milford Sound accessible for nearly everyone (including those with no kayaking experience.)
6. We Care About New Zealand’s Environment and Wildlife
Southern Discoveries is dedicated to protecting Milford Sound for future generations. For the past 10 years , we have worked closely with Department of Conservation (DOC) in and the Fiordland Conservation Trust.
A portion of every Southern Discoveries ticket price goes towards supporting DOC in their conservation work.
7. We Prioritise Comfort
If your idea of a cruise in Milford Sound involves taking in the views while relaxing with a drink in hand, then we’ve got you covered! Our boats are made for a comfortable and relaxing journey. We have both indoor and outdoor viewing decks, FREE tea and coffee readily available, a fully equipped bar with snacks and drinks, the option to include a delicious and freshly-prepared lunch.
But that’s not all, if you choose to take our coach from Queenstown, we have invested in the newest, safest, and most comfortable and reliable coaches out there! Our coaches have large reclining seats, USB charging ports, and a glass roof so you don’t miss a thing.