Duration Duration: approx 4hrs

Milford Sound Cruises – Winter 2020
During winter 2020 we will not be operating our Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak experience. Head over to our Discover More Cruise for more information on the most in-depth, insightful and personal experience in Milford Sound this winter.

Why choose Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak?
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.

Southern Discoveries Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak trips depart at multiple times daily. The kayaking tour leaves from the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, a floating building in Harrison Cove, where customers are dropped off towards the end of their cruise.

The one hour guided kayaking tour is a great addition to an already breath-taking Milford Sound cruise experience. The tour is suitable for all levels of fitness and experience, and all ages over 5 years. Children aged 5-14 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in a double kayak.

  • Enjoy an hour of easy kayaking with a small group in a tranquil, 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 freshly prepared picnic lunch.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent weather events Cruise & Kayak experiences will not be operating until further notice.



1 October 2019 - 30 April 2020

Departs fromCheck-in
Milford Sound7.50am8.05amKayak**15 minute boat trip to Harrison Cove,
One Hour Kayak + Underwater Observatory

Milford Sound8.45am9.00amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Cooked Breakfast
Milford Sound9.15am9.30amCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch**
Milford Sound12.00pm12.15pmCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmCruise & KayakNature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch***
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch**
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & Kayak*Underwater Observatory
+ Buffet Lunch
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
Te Anau8.15am8.30amSmall Coach, Cruise & Kayak*Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach, Cruise & Kayak*Underwater Observatory
+ Buffet Lunch

*Due to recent weather events Underwater Observatory and Cruise & Kayak experiences will not be operating until further notice.


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.

  • 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.


 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.