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  • Encounter wildlife from a unique underwater perspective
  • Cruise along the full length of the Milford Sound fiord
  • Kayak the clear waters in Harrison Cove
  • Opportunities to see a diverse range of spectacular wildlife
  • Complimentary picnic lunch and tea & coffee
  • Friendly and informative commentary

Southern Discoveries Cruise & Kayak Milford Sound

Cruise and Kayak Milford Sound Tour

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Explore the beautiful Milford Sound in Fiordland with this all inclusive cruise and kayak tour. Begin the day with a scenic cruise along the Sound to experience the beauty this region possesses. Following your cruise you'll be treated to either a picnic lunch before embarking on an adventure to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. The Underwater Observatory will take you 10 metres underwater for spectacular, sweeping views of Milford Sound from below.

Coming back up for air, you'll then begin your journey on top of the water with a kayaking tour around Harrison Cove. The kayaking leg of the trip is suitable for all visitors as no prior experience is required and there is an automated lift to and from the kayaks for your convenience. The day will then conclude with a return cruise where you will be treated to complimentary tea and coffee as you relax and take in this gorgeous location one last time.

This scenic package includes a cruise along the Sound, entry to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory and a kayaking tour around Harrison Cove. Combining impressive scenery with wild animal encounters you'll be given the chance to see this majestic destination and get up close to seals, dolphins and penguins at various times throughout the year. With the help of commentary by your experienced guide, you won't miss a thing when it comes to exploring this South Island gem.

Tours depart from the Milford Sound Visitor Centre with a check in time 45 minutes before your scheduled departure. As everything is included all guests are asked to bring is warm clothing, a change of clothes (in case you get wet), water and sun safety gear. This is a great way to explore the popular Milford Sound region, so book your adventure online today to avoid missing out!


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  • 2 hour Milford Sound nature cruise
  • On board commentary throughout the Nature Cruise
  • Entry to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • 1 hour kayak in Harrison Cove
  • Picnic Lunch


  • Transfers to and from accommodation


  • Cruise the full length on the fiord on a modern, purpose-built day cruise vessel
  • Comfortable indoor seating & tall windows for a spectacular panoramic view
  • Lively & informative commentary delivered by a specialist Nature Guide on board
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch whilst aboard the cruise, taking in the breathtaking scenery
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board the cruise
  • Descend 10 metres beneath the water into a spacious viewing chamber with uninterrupted 360 degree views of the undersea world
  • Encounter the rare black coral and colourful sea creatures that teem just below the surface
  • Observe the changing underwater environment as your view corals, anemones & fish in their natural habitat
  • Gaze through crystal clear waters as you kayak around the sheltered Harrison Cove
  • Access to a specialist kayak guide in an intimate, up close nature experience
  • Opportunities to reach out and touch the water or sheer rock walls of Milford Sound


  • This tour departs daily at 1pm and returns at approximately 5:30pm
  • All guests must check in 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time


  • Please allow 4.5 hours approximately for this tour
  • The nature cruise will will run for a duration on 2 hours and the kayaking will run for a duration of 1 hour

Departure Location

  • Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Freshwater Basin, Milford Sound Highway 94, Milford Sound
  • Paid parking is available in Milford Sound for $10 per hour payable with credit card

What To Bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Light shorts or trousers
  • Change of clothes (in case you get wet)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Drink bottle, sunhat, sunglasses, insect repellent

Additional Information

  • This tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old
  • Children aged 5-14yrs must be accompanied by an adult in the kayak in a double kayak
  • Double kayaks are available and must be requested at the time of booking
  • Single kayaks are only available for adult passengers
  • All required kayaking equipment is provided by the operator
  • All passengers must be able to swim and wear an approved life jacket in accordance with their weight
  • All passengers will be required to sign a liability form before commencing kayaking
  • Passengers on kayaking trips must follow guide instructions and adhere to safety requirements
  • The operator reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel cruise departures and substitute vessels at any time for safety or operational reasons including due to unsafe weather conditions or vessel maintenance
  • Minimum numbers must be met for all tours to operate
  • Milford Sound is a natural environment so wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Passengers who do not check-in for departure will be considered “no shows” and are note entitled to a refund

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Suman Deep 4 years ago
Nature encounter cruise was one of the best experience of my south island tour. Commentary on the cruise was interesting. Watching seals was fun too. But my favourite part was the rear tip of the vessel was under the highest NZ waterfall and we were asked to look above! When I looked down all I saw was exciting and smiling faces! I will highly recommend the experience.
Great day; didn’t go all the way to the Tasman due to weather
Robin Norris 2 years ago

Great day; didn’t go all the way to the Tasman due to weather, but still a good view. Wet weather made the waterfalls magnificent and the kayaking was informative and fun. The Discovery Centre was interesting but the view a little murkier than expected. Lunch was good.

Nature encounter cruise was one of the best experience of my south island tour
Suman Deep 4 years ago

Nature encounter cruise was one of the best experience of my south island tour. Commentary on the cruise was interesting. Watching seals was fun too. But my favourite part was the rear tip of the vessel was under the highest NZ waterfall and we were asked to look above! When I looked down all I saw was exciting and smiling faces! I will highly recommend the experience.

Remember to charge your camera before embarking on this journey as you won't want to miss out on the breathtaking photo opportunities
Need help with your booking? Contact Us enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 2726

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