Duration Duration: 3 hours

Cruising with Southern Discoveries is the best way to experience more of Milford Sound on top of the water, but why stop there? Upgrade your day with a visit to the amazing Underwater Observatory. Get a truly immersive experience beneath the surface of Milford Sound for an unbeatable price.

Hidden under the surface in Harrison Cove is a unique and beautiful environment – there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it. Thanks to its unique underwater environment, Milford Sound is home to species of black coral usually only found at depths of more than 500 metres. In the middle of Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, the Underwater Observatory enables you to experience the magic of this special world.

Descend 64 steps (10 metres) underwater into a large, fully air conditioned viewing area where large windows with excellent optical clarity open your eyes to this deep underwater haven. Unlike an aquarium, the fish are free to come and go; it’s the people who are contained.

Why choose the Underwater Observatory?

  • It is a unique opportunity to visit New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory, accessible only by boat
  • See rare black coral growing in its natural habitat and meet colourful sea creatures.
  • Relax as our guide tells you more about the unique history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound
  • Learn about the story of Milford Sound and our conservation efforts with entertaining videos and easy to read information panels
  • You can easily add-on the Underwater Observatory to your choice of cruise*

Underwater Observatory upgrade:

*Visiting the Underwater Observatory adds up to an additional 1 hour to your cruise duration.
**Prices in the below timetable are inclusive of cruise, underwater observatory and lunch.

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Summer

1 October 2019 - 30 April 2020

Departs FromCheck-in
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DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Milford Sound8.45am9.00amScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Cooked Breakfast11.30am$90$55
Milford Sound9.15am9.30amEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch12.15pm$130$55
Milford Sound10.15am10.30amNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch1.00pm$110$55
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch *1.30pm$124$55
Milford Sound12.00pm12.15pmEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch3.15pm$134$55
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch *4.00pm$144$55
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch *4.00pm$140$55
Milford Sound2.00pm2.15pmNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch4.45pm$140$55
Milford Sound2.30pm2.45pmEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch5.00pm$130$55
Milford Sound3.00pm3.15pmNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch5.30pm$110$55
Queenstown7.45am8.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch9.15pm$265$140SAVE 10%
Queenstown7.45am8.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory
with returm flight
Picnic Lunch5.45pm$685from $400
Queenstown7.45am8.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory
with returm heli
Picnic Lunch5.45pm$1100from $725
Te Anau8.15am8.30amSmall Coach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory**
5.00pm$145$75
Te Anau10.45am11.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch7.00pm$245$130SAVE 10%

*Upgrade to an international or kiwi-style buffet for only $15 per person.
**Add a picnic lunch for only $20 per person.

Winter

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound9.45amCruise & Underwater
Observatory
Encounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.00pm$84$40
Milford Sound10.30amCruise & Underwater
Observatory
Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.20pm$74$40
Milford Sound11.30amCruise & Underwater
Observatory
Scenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch***
1.20pm$84$40
Milford Sound1.00pmCruise & Underwater
Observatory
Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
3.45pm$89$40
Milford Sound2.00pmCruise & Underwater
Observatory
Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
4.30pm$89$40
Te Anau10.30am
Te Anau
Small Coach, Cruise
& Underwater Observatory
Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
7.00pm
Te Anau
$139$79