Southern Discoveries has a Milford Sound cruise to suit everyone. Choose from a Scenic Cruise, Nature Cruise, Encounter Nature Cruise, Cruise & Kayak or a Discover More package –  the longest cruise experience in Milford Sound, which includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory and FREE picnic lunch. Our cruise comparison table lets you choose which Milford Sound cruise is best for you.

Vessel
Duration
Cruise Size
Lunch Options Available
Complimentary
Transport
Upgrades and Add-ons Available
Extras
Unique Features
Who is this cruise suited to?
ENCOUNTER NATURE CRUISE
Monohull - Lady Bowen
2hrs – 2hrs 15mins
Up to 75 passengers
Picnic lunch available on all cruise times
Provided by a nature guide in English only
Self-drive only
Visit to the Underwater Observatory. Kayaking in Harrison Cove (includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory)
Free tea and coffee
Licenced cafe and bar on board
Milford Sound’s longest cruise.
Smaller vessel with fewer passengers
Independent travellers only.
Not suitable for tour groups
FROM
$69
Vessel
Duration
Cruise Size
Lunch Options Available
Complimentay
Transport
Upgrades and Add-ons Available
Extras
Unique Features
Who is this cruise suited to?
Nature Cruise
Catamaran - Spirit of Milford
1hr 45mins – 2hrs
Up to 150 passengers
Picnic lunch available on all cruise times. Kiwi-style buffet, thali Indian or Japanese Obento available on selected cruise times
Provided by a nature guide in English only
Coach and flight connections available from Queenstown.
Coach connections available from Te Anau
Visit to the Underwater Observatory.
Kayaking in Harrison Cove (includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory)
Free tea and coffee
Licenced cafe and bar on board
Large purpose-built viewing decks and windows. Newly refurbished, fully catered, mid-size vessel
Independent travellers and tour groups
FROM
$59
Vessel
Duration
Cruise Size
Lunch Options Available
Complimentay
Transport
Upgrades and Add-ons Available
Extras
Unique Features
Who is this cruise suited to?
Scenic Cruise
Catamaran - Pride of Milford
1hr 30mins – 1hr 45mins
Up to 250 passengers
Picnic lunch available on all cruise times. International buffet, thali Indian or Japanese Obento available on selected cruise times
Provided by the skipper in English with Chinese, Japanese and Korean commentary available on selected cruises
Coach and flight connections available from Queenstown.
Coach connections available from Te Anau
Visit to the Underwater Observatory.
Kayaking in Harrison Cove (includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory)
Free tea and coffee
Licenced cafe and bar on board
Shortest cruise duration. largest and most stable vessel in Milford Sound
Independent travellers and tour groups
FROM
$69

Timetable

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Summer
Winter

Summer

Milford Sound Cruises

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Milford Sound9.00amScenic Cruise10.45am$46$25
Milford Sound9.00amScenic CruiseCooked Breakfast10.45am$56$30
Milford Sound9.00amDiscover MoreScenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
includes Cooked Breakfast
11.30am$61$40
Milford Sound9.30amEncounter Nature Cruise11.30am$84$25
Milford Sound9.30amDiscover MoreEncounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
12.15pm$99$40
Milford Sound10.30amNature Cruise12.15pm$65$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound10.30amDiscover MoreNature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.00pm$80$40
Milford Sound11.30amScenic Cruise1.00pm$79$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound11.30amDiscover MoreScenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
1.30pm$94$40
Milford Sound12.15pmEncounter Nature Cruise2.30pm$84$25
Milford Sound12.15pmDiscover MoreEncounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
3.15pm$99$40
Milford Sound1.00pmNature Cruise3.00pm$95$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.00pmDiscover More Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
4.00pm$110$40
Milford Sound1.30pmScenic Cruise3.15pm$99$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.30pmDiscover MoreScenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
4.00pm$114$40
Milford Sound2.45pmEncounter Nature Cruise5.00pm$79$25
Milford Sound2.45pmDiscover MoreEncounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
5.30pm$94$40
Milford Sound3.15pmNature Cruise 5.00pm$65$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound3.15pmDiscover MoreNature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
5.30pm$80$40

*Upgrade to an International or Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch for only $20 per adult/$10 per child.

 

Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound8.00amKayak (no cruise)10.45am$99$69
Milford Sound9.00amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Cooked Breakfast
1.00pm$179$129
Milford Sound9.30amCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.30pm$199$129
Milford Sound10.30amCruise & KayakNature Cruise+ Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
2.30pm$199$129
Milford Sound11.30amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
3.15pm$199$129
Milford Sound12.15pmCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
4.45pm$199$129
Milford Sound1.00pmCruise & KayakNature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
5.30pm$199$129
Milford Sound1.30pmCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
5.30pm$199$129

*Upgrade to an International or Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch for only $20 per adult/$10 per child.
**Available 15 November 2019 – 30 April 2020.
***Available 1 November 2019 – 30 April 2020.

 

 

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise – depart Queenstown

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs FromDepartsOptionReturnsAdultChild 
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise*Queenstown 7.30pm$199$99
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise with return flight*Queenstown 4.15pm$619$359
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise with return heli*Queenstown 4.15pm$989$649
Queenstown7.00amCoach, Cruise & Kayak**Queenstown 9.15pm$289$189
Queenstown7.00amCoach, Cruise & Kayak with return flight**Queenstown 5.45pm$709$449
Queenstown7.00amCoach, Cruise & Kayak with return heli**Queenstown 5.45pm$1079$739
Queenstown7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise*

Queenstown 7.45pm$199$99
Queenstown7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise with return flight*Queenstown 4.30pm$619$359
Queenstown7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise with return heli*Queenstown 4.30pm$989$649
Queenstown8.15amCoach & Discover More Cruise**Queenstown 9.15pm$189$99
Queenstown8.15amCoach & Discover More Cruise with return flight**Queenstown 5.45pm$609$359
Queenstown8.15amCoach & Discover More Cruise with return heli**Queenstown 5.45pm$979$649

*Includes Buffet Lunch.
**Available from 15 November 2019 – 30 April 2020.

 

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise –  depart Te Anau 

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs FromDepartsOptionReturnsAdultChild 
Te Anau8.30amSmall Coach & Discover More CruiseTe Anau 5.00pm$149$79
Te Anau8.30amSmall Coach & Cruise & Kayak*Te Anau 7.00pm$239$169
Te Anau10.00amCoach & Nature Cruise**Te Anau 5.00pm$179$89
Te Anau10.00amCoach & Cruise & Kayak***Te Anau 7.00pm$269$179
Te Anau10.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise**Te Anau 5.15pm$179$89
Te Anau11.15amCoach & Discover More Cruise***Te Anau 7.00pm$169$89

*Available from 1 November 2019 – 30 April 2020.
**Includes Buffet Lunch.
***Available from 15 November 2019 – 30 April 2020.

 

Winter

Milford Sound Cruises

1 May 2019 – 30 September 2019

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Milford Sound9.45amEncounter Nature Cruise12.00pm$69$25
Milford Sound9.45amDiscover More*Encounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch
1.00pm$84$40
Milford Sound10.30amNature Cruise12.15pm$59$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound10.30amDiscover More* Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch
1.20pm$74$40
Milford Sound11.30amScenic Cruise1.00pm$69$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound11.30amDiscover More*Scenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch**
1.20pm$84$40
Milford Sound1.00pmNature Cruise2.30pm$74$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.00pmDiscover More* Nature Cruise + Underwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch
3.15pm$89$40
Milford Sound1.30pmScenic Cruise3.15pm$79$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound2.00pmNature Cruise3.45pm$69$25SAVE 10%
Milford Sound2.00pmDiscover More* Nature Cruise + Underwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch
4.30pm$84$40

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Discover More Cruise will not be available from 24 June – 9 August due to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory being closed for routine maintenance. Please note that cruise durations are approximate only.
**Upgrade to International Buffet lunch for only $15 per adult and $10 per child.

 

Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound9.45amEncounter Nature Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory**
& Picnic Lunch
2.30pm$169$99
Milford Sound10.30amNature Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory**
& Picnic Lunch
3.15pm$169$99
Milford Sound11.30amScenic Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory**
& Picnic Lunch*
3.45pm$169$99
Milford Sound1.00pmNature Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory**
& Picnic Lunch
4.45pm$169$99
Queenstown10.30amFly/Scenic Cruise & Kayak/FlyUnderwater Observatory** + Picnic Lunch4.00pm$725$450

*Upgrade to International Buffet lunch for only $15 per adult and $10 per child.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Milford Sound Underwater Observatory will be closed for routine maintenance from 24 June – 9 August.

 

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise – departs Queenstown and Te Anau

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise Picnic Lunch**7.30pm$189$99SAVE $20* NOW $169
Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise with return flightPicnic Lunch**4.15pm$609$359

Queenstown7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise with return heliPicnic Lunch**4.15pm$979$649

Queenstown7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise International Buffet Lunch7.45pm$189$99SAVE $20* NOW $169
Queenstown7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise with return flightInternational Buffet Lunch4.30pm$609$359

Queenstown7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise with return heliInternational Buffet Lunch4.30pm$979$649

Te Anau10.00amCoach & Nature CruisePicnic Lunch**5.00pm$169$99SAVE $70* NOW $99
Te Anau10.15amCoach & Scenic CruiseInternational Buffet Lunch5.15pm$169$89SAVE $70* NOW $99
Te Anau10.30amSmall Coach & Discover More CruiseMilford Sound Underwater Observatory*** + Picnic Lunch7.00pm$139$79SAVE $40* NOW $99

*Online special ends 30 June 2019.

**Picnic lunch special – upgrade your picnic lunch to hot chicken katsu or tofu teryaki rice. Only available when you book online.
***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Milford Sound Underwater Observatory will be closed for routine maintenance from 24 June – 9 August.