We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Milford Wharf | Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9640, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-441 1137
Website
Today
08:30 - 17:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Description:

Spectacular Milford Sound is an amazing experience. Southern Discoveries...

Spectacular Milford Sound is an amazing experience. Southern Discoveries has a wide range of cruises to suit every interest and budget. They also operate the New Milford Discovery Centre & Milford Deep underwater observatory and relaxing 1 hour Kayaking tours in serene Harrisons Cove. Let us show you our Milford Sound.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$74.65*
and up
Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour
More Info
US$44.50*
and up
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
More Info
US$44.50*
and up
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 669 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 429
    Excellent
  • 125
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Great day on the Sound

An early start on the Coach-Cruise but well worth it! Our driver Oz was so great - really funny but also really informative. He knew everything there was to know about every point... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Georgia T
,
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

669 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 598: English reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An early start on the Coach-Cruise but well worth it! Our driver Oz was so great - really funny but also really informative. He knew everything there was to know about every point of interest during our 5 hour bus ride to Milford. The coach seats were comfy and we were able to stop for some great photo opportunities. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank Georgia T
Level Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall our time in Milford Sound was a bit lacklustre. It was a bixarre experience having 5 coaches and several minibuses of people arrive at the same time for the same boat. The cruise itself was 90 minutes including a buffet lunch which was bland and tasteless. The staff were very friendly and the captain was informative. Glacial facial was... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank boourns23
hamilton nz
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a bit disappointed with the service of our trip on this cruise. To start with before we got there the time had changed to 30 minutes later. Then I had organized with the young man to seat our elderly parents 1st as they needed help, he agreed then failed to do so so we had to get them... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank chrissy09-10
KL
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was really looking forward for the cruise but only ended with even greater disappointment. We booked a package called "Encounter Nature - Discover More" where the staff claimed we will get "closer" to nature in a much smaller boat. The normal "Encounter Nature" package cost 92NZD per person whereas with the add-on (12NZD extra) "Discover More", it comes with free... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Simon K
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Level Contributor
146 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Pride of Milford is a really great cruise around Milford Sound. We even went out a little into the Tasman Sea which I didn't see the other boats do. Very fun! The area is so natural and serene. The boat takes you right up to the waterfall and you can feel it splashing on you if you're out the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Kelli M
Hockley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked our trip at the 'I' in Queenstown and the tour company was called 'Awesome'. Our driver and guide was Paulie and he was excellent, very informative and knew the best places for photo stops. The river cruise trip through Milford Sound is beautiful with stunning scenery with waterfalls and baby seals. A long day but not to be... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Ann C
merseyside
Level Contributor
71 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Southern discovers guide and driver from te anau excellent, a local and very knowledgable and welcoming...superb best tour guide on a trip we've ever had. The driver to Milford sound very nice, plenty of stops for pics. Boat on sound a little disappointing as very touristy ..in fact on the sound it was boat after boat in lines. Not quite... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank hot17
Level Contributor
40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got an early start to drive to Milford Sound to beat the crowds. We left Te Anau at 6am It is a 2 1/2 hour drive with many places to stop along the way. We did stop at the Chasm which is normally full of bus tour people. We were the only ones there ! The waterfalls were gorgeous.... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank phishears
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an awesome 11am cruise & buffet with Southern Discoveries. Damn lucky to spot 10+ playful dolphins quite close to our cruise. 😍 Can never forget that sight! Spotted baby seals too. No photographs would do justice to the scenic Milford Sound (Fiord as the captain mentioned). Highly recommended.

Helpful?
Thank Ananya P
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great time in Milford sound - the trip was well planned, the boat was smaller and more easy to enjoy.

Helpful?
Thank lyncikas

Travellers who viewed Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises also viewed

Milford Sound, Southland Region
Milford Sound, Southland Region
 
Milford Sound, Southland Region
Milford Sound, Southland Region
 

Been to Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?