Duration Duration: approx 4hrs

Imagine paddling through pure glacial water in a peaceful cove with the sound of birds singing. Experience the magic of Milford Sound up close on a guided kayaking adventure before coming face to face with the local marine life below the surface in New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory.

Why choose Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak?

  • Enjoy up to an hour of easy kayaking with a small group in a secluded cove
  • Our experienced kayak guides will get you so close to Milford Sound you can reach out and touch the water or sheer rock walls
  • Suitable for all fitness levels and no previous experience required
  • Our kayak lift lowers you into the water making it easy to get started
  • Double kayaks are available so children 5 years and older can join in with an adult
  • Includes your choice of cruise, all equipment, a visit to the underwater observatory and a meal
  • FREE tea and coffee on the cruise

Summer
Winter

Summer

1 October 2019 - 30 April 2020

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DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound7.50am8.05amKayak Scenic boat trip to Harrison Cove,
One Hour Kayak + Underwater Observatory
10.45am$110$100

Milford Sound8.45am9.00amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Cooked Breakfast
1.00pm$165$130
Milford Sound9.15am9.30amCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.30pm$205$130
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
3.15pm$199$130
Milford Sound12.00pm12.15pmCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
4.45pm$209$130
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmCruise & KayakNature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch**
5.30pm$219$130
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
5.30pm$215$130
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory
+ Buffet Lunch
9.15pm$375$285
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & Kayak
with return Flight
Underwater Observatory
+ Buffet Lunch
5.45pm$795from $505
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & Kayak
with return Heli
Underwater Observatory
+ Buffet Lunch
5.45pm$1210from $830
Queenstown8.00amFly, Cruise & Kayak, FlyUnderwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch
2.00pm$749$499
Te Anau8.15am8.30amSmall Coach, Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
7.00pm$255$185
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach, Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory
+ Buffet Lunch
7.00pm$355$235

*Upgrade to an international buffet lunch for only $15 adult, $15 child.
**Upgrade to a kiwi-style buffet lunch for only $15 adult, $15 child.

Winter

Due to Underwater Observatory winter maintenance affecting the kayak departure point, Cruise & Kayak will not be available from 1 May 2020 to 30 Sept 2020.

Cruise Map

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Travel Options

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By Coach:

Let Southern Discoveries take you to Milford Sound while you sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Departing every day during summer from Queenstown and Te Anau, all Coach & Cruise day trips will connect you seamlessly with your Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak experience. Find out more.

Check out more Milford Sound travel options, including scenic flights that connect seamlessly with our Milford Sound Cruises. 

View the Road to Milford Sound Map for the must-see stops along the way.

Food Options

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Picnic Lunch

Choose between a Regular, Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free picnic option.
Includes:

  • Sandwich 
  • Cheese and crackers (soup for Vegan option)
  • Seasonal fresh fruit
  • Crisps
  • Cookie
  • Small chocolate bar
Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch - Southern Discoveries

Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch

Our kiwi-style buffet lunch includes a selection of delicious hot and cold dishes freshly prepared on board by our chefs using local produce and favours. Only available in summer on our 1.00pm Nature Cruise.

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 International Buffet Lunch

Our international buffet lunch offers a selections of delicious hot and cold international dishes using the freshest of ingredients. Available on 11.00am and 1.30pm Scenic Cruises daily.

Japanese Obento

Japanese Obento Lunch

Thali Indian Lunch

Thali Indian Lunch

What to Bring

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What to bring for Cruise & Kayak

Due to the changeable nature of weather in Milford Sound, it’s a good idea to bring a warm jacket and wear comfortable, non-slip shoes. Don’t forget insect repellent, sunglasses, hat, warm clothing, shorts or light trousers, drink bottle and a change of clothes. We provide all kayaking equipment.