About Southern Discoveries

Southern Discoveries is the original Milford Sound cruise operator and provides the most options for exploring this iconic and internationally-renowned natural attraction. Based in the South Island of New Zealand, we offer visitors the longest and most in-depth Milford Sound Nature Cruise, kayaking in one of the fiord’s most tranquil settings, an amazing underwater observatory, guided day trips by coach or scenic flight and more.

In world-famous Queenstown, you can join us on the longest lake cruise which takes you further than anyone else to discover hidden views and unique experiences. Journey up Lake Wakatipu for a tour of remote Mt Nicholas High Country Farm or enjoy a leisurely cycle through open farmland with spectacular views at every corner.

However you like to explore, we’ll take your further, closer and deeper for an adventure you’ll never forget.


Latest Milford Sound Stories

How to make the most of your time in Milford Sound.
8 November 2019

Exploring Milford Sound is arguably one of the best things to do in New Zealand. This ancient, glacier-carved fiord is often referred to as the unofficial eighth wonder of the world. MORE

What Makes Our Encounter Nature Cruise Unique
25 October 2019

You can’t go all the way to Milford Sound and not go on a cruise! Milford Sound is known as the eight wonder of the world and for most it’s MORE

Latest Queenstown Stories

How to be a more sustainable traveller
18 October 2019

We all want to protect our beautiful planet and its inspiring natural environments and species for future generations, but what actions can we take when travelling to make a difference? MORE

How to best experience spring in Queenstown
27 September 2019

As the days get longer and warmer it means one thing – spring is here! Spring is arguably the best season in Queenstown! For one, the scenery is particularly gorgeous. MORE