Duration Duration: 3hrs

Cruising with Southern Discoveries is the best way to experience more of Milford Sound on top of the water, but why stop there? Upgrade to our signature Discover More cruise package to complete 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.

Why choose Discover More?

  • Includes a cruise, visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and FREE picnic lunch for just $15 per adult more than a cruise only price
  • A unique opportunity to visit New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory, accessible only by boat
  • Descend by spiral staircase to 10 metres beneath the surface
  • 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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the closure of the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory  for routine maintenance Discover More Cruise will not be available from 24th June to 9th August 2019.

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Summer
Winter

Summer

1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019

Departs FromDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound9.00amDiscover MoreScenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Cooked Breakfast
11.30am$61$40
Milford Sound9.30amDiscover MoreEncounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
12.15pm$99$40
Milford Sound10.30amDiscover MoreNature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.00pm$80$40
Milford Sound11.30amDiscover MoreScenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
1.30pm$94$40
Milford Sound12.15pmDiscover MoreEncounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
3.15pm$99$40
Milford Sound1.00pmDiscover MoreNature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
4.00pm$110$40
Milford Sound1.30pmDiscover MoreScenic Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
4.00pm$114$40
Milford Sound2.15pmDiscover MoreNature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
4.45pm$99$40
Milford Sound2.45pmDiscover MoreEncounter Nature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
5.00pm$94$40
Milford Sound3.15pmDiscover MoreNature Cruise
+Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
5.30pm$80$40
Queenstown8.15am*Coach & Discover More2.15pm Nature Cruise
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
9.15pm$189$99
Te Anau8.30amSmall Coach & Discover More11.40am Nature Cruise
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
5.00pm$149$79
Te Anau11.15am*Coach & Discover More 2.15pm Nature Cruise
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
7.00pm$169$89

*Available from 15 November 2018 - 30 April 2019

Winter

1 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

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


*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the closure of the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory  for routine maintenance Discover More Cruise will not be available from 24th June to 9th August 2019.
**Upgrade to International Buffet lunch only $15 adults, $10 child.

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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 everyday from Queenstown and Te Anau all Coach & Cruise day trips will connect you seamlessly with your Milford Sound Cruise. Find out more…

Discover more Milford Sound travel options including Scenic Flights.
Check out the Road to Milford Sound Map for the must-see stops along the way.

Food Options

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Picnic Lunch

Picnic Lunch (included)

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
  • A fully licensed bar is available on all vessels except the Lady Stirling
  • Passengers are not permitted to bring their own alcohol on board our vessels
  • A selection of snacks are available to purchase on board all vessels except the Lady Stirling
  • We only accept credit card or cash payments, we can not acccept eftpos or debit cards
  • Vegetarian alternatives to all of our food options are available – please select them when pre-ordering
  • If you have specific dietary requirements or special group requests please discuss with the reservations team and we will get our chef to provide you a menu and prices
  • Picnic Lunch only included on adult and child fares (4 – 14 years of age inclusive). Infants 0 – 3 years do not receive a Picnic Lunch
  • Please note that the ingredients and contents of each meal are only a guide and these may be subject to change
  • Adult and child price is the same
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is provided on all cruises

What to Bring

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What to bring for cruises

Due to the changeable nature of the weather in Milford, it’s a good idea to bring a warm, waterproof jacket and wear comfortable, non-slip shoes. Don’t forget insect repellent, sunscreen and plenty of memory card space on your camera.