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Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more

Overview

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.
  • The most in depth cruise experience in Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory admission ticket provided
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, as well as lunch included with all cruise options
  • Suitable for visitors of all ages
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Freshly prepared Picnic Lunch
Visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
Complimentary tea and coffee on board the boat
Alcoholic drinks, snacks and bottled water (available to purchase)
Transportation to/from attractions
On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours.
Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Visitor Centre , Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise of your country of origin at the time of booking
  • Infant meals not included
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Commentary in English only, translation sheets on cruise highlights are provided on board cruise
  • Vegetarian options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Car Parking: On arrival at Milford Sound you can park at the Milford Sound carpark at a fee of $20 for 5 hours. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the main carpark to the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre. Alternatively, you can park free of charge at Deepwater Basin Carpark and walk over to Freshwater Basin to the Cruise Terminal. This walk is approximately 30 minutes in duration, so additional time will need to be allocated in order to do this comfortably and arrive at the terminal 15 minutes prior to your cruise for check-in.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Southern Discoveries
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch.
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What is the social distancing policy during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Cruise Including Underwater Observatory and Lunch.

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  • "Factor extra time (~10 mins) to walk from carpark to wharf." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great family outing
Cherie_W
, Oct 2021
Great team, knowledgeable commentary, fantastic scenery. Beautiful drive from Queenstown over to Milford Sounds. Recommended.
star-5
Fabulous tour - well...
Tessa_K
, Sep 2021
Fabulous tour - well worth it no matter what the weather! Highly recommend. Very knowledgeable guides.
star-5
Epic experience in the Milford.
Anna_H
, Mar 2021
The whole experience was memorable. This tour was well planned, very educational and exciting. 100% would recommend! We cannot wait to visit again, especially when it has been raining more.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Experience
Vicki_M
, Mar 2021
We really enjoyed our Milford Sound Cruise and Underwater Observatory and Lunch. Would highly recommend others to go and visit parts of their own country.
star-5
Amazing sights
Serena_J
, Jul 2020
Amazing experience on the cruise and beautiful sights. Got to see some dolphins playing briefly in the water which was pretty awesome. Under water observatory wasn’t what I expected and a little boring but that’s only a small part of this trip and hearing some of the history from the tour guide there was fantastic as he had such knowledge and good banter.
star-5
Stunning!
kellie_m
, Jul 2020
We all loved it! The staff were all friendly and welcoming, The picnic lunch was yummy, The observetory was great. And best of all we saw dolphins.
star-1
Awful service
Nic1
, Mar 2020
Awful. We were not pre warned that we had to get a coach to Milford sound until we were stopped on route. They put us on a tour the next day (after already wasting 8 hours driving) did it all the next day to then find out we paid for the ‘underwater observatory’ and that was not part of the boat tour we were put on AND they charged us more to get the bus! No apology or compensation for the fact we wasted the majority of our time just because they didn’t email or call. Will never use Viator again.
star-3
Scenery beautiful logistics nightmare
Amy_C
, Mar 2020
We bought our tickets pre arrival to NZ. No one said you couldnt drive there.. found out while in NZ and was able to get a bus ride in.. pretty sure i paid for the buffet luch with original ticket and the observatory.. which was closed to visitors.. and then had to buy a picnic lunch with the bus ride. So probably paid twice for this adventure... scenery is beautiful.. but logistics a nightmare. The bus driver talked for 4 hours into the park.. had to skip some pre stops in order to get in queue by 12pm for the park entrance.
star-5
Comfortable Cruise Ship
SimonLWH
, Jan 2020
Cruise with perfect scenery - no complaints. Check-in was easy at the Southern Discoveries counter on the right side. Factor extra time (~10 mins) to walk from carpark to wharf. Captain was humorous with commentaries. Lunch onboard was a simple packed lunch with sandwiches, fruits, yoghurt and cookie. Finale was the waterfall on deck.
star-5
the BEST day
kyliebosanac
, Oct 2019
We had an amazing time in the Sounds! The crew were insightful and clearly enjoy what they do! We are from NZ, so it was incredible to see our country from this perspective and learn more about our own piece of paradise :-) EVERYONE enjoyed themselves
1 traveler found this review helpful

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