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Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory)
Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory)

Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) Tours and Activities

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For as stunning as the Milford Sound scenery can be when viewed above the water, there’s an entire other, underwater world that visitors rarely see. Thankfully, the Milford Discovery and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) allows visitors to journey beneath the waves without even getting their hair wet. After descending over 30 feet beneath the Milford Sound surface, see rare species of black coral and schools of colorful fish, all from the air-conditioned, protected enclosure of the underwater observatory. Aside from simply catching a glimpse of the underwater environment, travelers can also visit the discovery center that’s located above the surface, and hear the ancient Maori history of Milford, or Piopiotahi. There are even videos of terrifying avalanches crashing down on the Milford Road, and documentaries showing the struggles of building the Milford Tunnel.

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Open daily 9am-4pm
Harrison’s Cove, Milford Sound , New Zealand, 9600
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Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

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Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the Milford Sound on a cruise that includes admission to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. Choose from several options for your cruise, depending on the amount of time you have available and the level of detail you desire. Get close to towering rock walls and waterfalls, and see the aquatic world through the windows of the observatory. Lunch, as well as onboard coffee and tea are included with all cruise options.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.40
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

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This Milford Sound cruise in UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park stops at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, accessible only by boat. Your morning cruise on a smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering prime viewing and more time on the water than other tours. Hear informative commentary from our passionate skippers on board, and enjoy a provided picnic lunch. Upgrade to include a kayak excursion and paddle Harrison Cove in a small-group limited to 8 people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with lunch ex Te Anau

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Underwater Observatory with lunch ex Te Anau

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Get to Milford sounds with fewer people in this tour from Queenstown. A smaller coach and smaller boat means that you can take in the spectacular scenery without feeling crowded. Break up the long drive with short walks at excellent photo stops and benefit from the local knowledge of your driver/guide.
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  • 13 hours
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What are Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) hours of operation?
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Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) hours of operation: Open daily 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) costs USD 87.40. Guided Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (Milford Sound Observatory) tours start around USD 87.40 per person.
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