Milford Sound Cruises and the Milford Road
Milford Sound is open! Due to recent weather events and the Milford road repairs preventing private vehicle access, we are operating special Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips from Queenstown and Te Anau for travel starting from Friday 21 February.
There is limited coach capacity so we encourage you to BOOK ONLINE HERE!.

Find out more details about the weather event, road closure and the easiest ways to get to Milford Sound.

Southern Discoveries has a Milford Sound cruise to suit everyone. Choose from a Scenic Cruise, Nature Cruise or Encounter Nature Cruise, then choose to upgrade to a Cruise & Kayak or a Cruise & Underwater Observatory experience to double your adventure!

Cruise & Kayak is the longest cruise experience in Milford Sound and includes your choice of cruise, up to one hour of guided kayaking, a visit to our amazing underwater observatory and a picnic lunch.

Cruise & Underwater Observatory is our signature cruise experience and includes your choice of cruise, a visit to our exclusively-operated underwater observatory and a picnic lunch.

Our cruise comparison table below outlines the unique aspects of each of our three cruises, helping you to pick which one is best for you! We also have a range of Coach & Cruise options, which include guided transport to Milford Sound from Queenstown or Te Anau.

Vessel
Duration
Average Cruise Capacity
Lunch Options Available
Commentary
Transport
Upgrades and Add-ons Available
Extras
Unique Features
Who is this cruise suited to?
ENCOUNTER NATURE CRUISE
Monohull - Lady Bowen
2hrs – 2hrs 15mins
75 passengers
Picnic lunch available on all cruise times
Provided by a nature guide in English only
Self-drive only
Visit to the Underwater Observatory. Kayaking in Harrison Cove (includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory)
Free tea and coffee
Licenced cafe and bar on board
Milford Sound’s longest cruise.
Smaller vessel with fewer passengers
Independent travellers only.
Not suitable for tour groups
FROM
$95
Vessel
Duration
Average Cruise Capacity
Lunch Options Available
Commentary
Transport
Upgrades and Add-ons Available
Extras
Unique Features
Who is this cruise suited to?
Nature Cruise
Catamaran - Spirit of Milford
1hr 45mins – 2hrs
150 passengers
Picnic lunch available on all cruise times. Kiwi-style buffet, thali Indian or Japanese obento available on selected cruise times
Provided by a nature guide in English only
Coach and flight connections available from Queenstown.
Coach connections available from Te Anau
Visit to the Underwater Observatory.
Kayaking in Harrison Cove (includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory)
Free tea and coffee
Licenced cafe and bar on board
Large purpose-built viewing decks and windows. Newly refurbished, fully catered, mid-size vessel
Independent travellers and tour groups
FROM
$75
Vessel
Duration
Average Cruise Capacity
Lunch Options Available
Commentary
Transport
Upgrades and Add-ons Available
Extras
Unique Features
Who is this cruise suited to?
Scenic Cruise
Catamaran - Pride of Milford
1hr 30mins – 1hr 45mins
250 passengers
Picnic lunch available on all cruise times. International buffet, thali Indian or Japanese obento available on selected cruise times
Provided by the skipper in English with Chinese, Japanese and Korean commentary available on selected cruises
Coach and flight connections available from Queenstown.
Coach connections available from Te Anau
Visit to the Underwater Observatory.
Kayaking in Harrison Cove (includes a visit to the Underwater Observatory)
Free tea and coffee
Licenced cafe and bar on board
Shortest cruise duration. largest and most stable vessel in Milford Sound
Independent travellers and tour groups
FROM
$55

Timetable

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Summer
Winter

Summer

Milford Sound Cruises*

Due to recent weather events and the Milford road repair works preventing private vehicle access, we are operating special
Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips from Queenstown and Te Anau for travel starting from Friday 21 February. BOOK ONLINE HERE!

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs FromCheck-in
closes
DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Milford Sound8.45am9.00amScenic CruiseCooked Breakfast10.45am$55$30FREE BREAKFAST
Milford Sound8.45am9.00amScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Cooked Breakfast11.30am$75$50
Milford Sound9.15am9.30amEncounter Nature Cruise11.30am$95$30
Milford Sound9.15am9.30amEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch12.15pm$115$50
Milford Sound10.15am10.30amNature Cruise12.15pm$75$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound10.15am10.30amNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch1.00pm$95$50
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amScenic Cruise1.00pm$89$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch**1.30pm$109$50
Milford Sound12.00pm12.15pmEncounter Nature Cruise2.30pm$99$30
Milford Sound12.00pm12.15pmEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch3.15pm$119$50
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmNature Cruise3.00pm$109$30FREE BUFFET LUNCH
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch**4.00pm$129$50
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmScenic Cruise3.15pm$105$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch**4.00pm$125$50
Milford Sound2.30pm2.45pmEncounter Nature Cruise5.00pm$95$30
Milford Sound2.30pm2.45pmEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch5.30pm$115$50
Milford Sound3.00pm3.15pmNature Cruise 5.00pm$75$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound3.00pm3.15pmNature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch5.30pm$95$50

*Due to recent weather events and Milford road repairs preventing private vehicle access, we are operating daily special Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips departing from Queenstown and Te Anau. Underwater Observatory, Cruise & Kayak & Cruise only experiences will not be operating until further notice.

Milford Sound Cruise & Kayak*

Due to recent weather events and the Milford road repair works preventing private vehicle access, we are operating special
Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips from Queenstown and Te Anau for travel starting from Friday 21 February. BOOK ONLINE HERE!.

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Please Note: Cruise & Kayak experience requires children 5 yrs to 14 yrs to be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak.

Departs FromCheck-in
closes
DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Milford Sound7.50am8.05amKayak 15 minute boat trip to Harrison Cove,
One Hour Kayak + Underwater Observatory
10.45am$110$100
Milford Sound8.45am9.00amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Cooked Breakfast
1.00pm$165$130
Milford Sound9.15am9.30amCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
1.30pm$205$130
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
3.15pm$199$130
Milford Sound12.00pm12.15pmCruise & KayakEncounter Nature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch
4.45pm$209$130
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmCruise & KayakNature Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
5.30pm$219$130
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmCruise & KayakScenic Cruise + Kayak
+ Underwater Observatory
+ Picnic Lunch*
5.30pm$215$130

*Due to recent weather events and Milford road repairs preventing private vehicle access, we are operating daily special Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips departing from Queenstown and Te Anau. Underwater Observatory, Cruise & Kayak & Cruise only experiences will not be operating until further notice.

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise – depart Queenstown*

Due to recent weather events and the Milford road repair works preventing private vehicle access, we are operating special
Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips from Queenstown and Te Anau for travel starting from Friday 21 February. BOOK ONLINE HERE!

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs/
Returns
Check-in
closes
DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise7.30pm$225$130
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature CruiseKiwi Style Buffet Lunch7.30pm$245$130
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise
with return flight
Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch4.15pm$619from
$360

Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach & Nature Cruise
with return heli
Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch4.15pm$1080from
$715
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & KayakUnderwater Observatory &
Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch
9.15pm$375$245
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & Kayak
with return flight
Underwater Observatory &
Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch
5.45pm$795$505
Queenstown6.30am6.45amCoach, Cruise & Kayak
with return heli
Underwater Observatory &
Kiwi Style Buffet Lunch
5.45pm$1210$830
Queenstown7.00am7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise*7.45pm$215$125
Queenstown7.00am7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise*Buffet Lunch7.45pm$235$125
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise
with return flight
International Buffet Lunch4.30pm$619from
$360
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise
with return heli
International Buffet Lunch4.30pm$1070from
$710


Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise
VIP Upgrade
VIP Lounge &
International Buffet Lunch**
7.45pm$275$175
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise
VIP Upgrade
with flight
VIP Lounge &
International Buffet Lunch
7.45pm$695from $435
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise
VIP Upgrade
with heli
VIP Lounge &
International Buffet Lunch
7.45pm$1110from $760
Queenstown7.45am8.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch9.15pm$265$140
Queenstown7.45am8.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory

with return flight
Picnic Lunch5.45pm$685from $400
Queenstown7.45am8.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory

with return heli
Picnic Lunch5.45pm$1100from $720

*Due to recent weather events and Milford road repairs preventing private vehicle access, we are operating daily special Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips departing from Queenstown and Te Anau. Underwater Observatory, Cruise & Kayak & Cruise only experiences will not be operating until further notice.

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise depart Te Anau*

Due to recent weather events and the Milford road repair works preventing private vehicle access, we are operating special
Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips from Queenstown and Te Anau for travel starting from Friday 21 February. BOOK ONLINE HERE!

1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020

Departs/
Returns
Check-in
closes
DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Te Anau8.15am8.30amCoach & Cruise*5.00pm$125$75Add-on a Picnic Lunch for only $20
Te Anau8.15am8.30amSmall Coach &
Cruise & Kayak
Underwater Observatory
& Picnic Lunch
7.00pm$255$185
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach & Nature Cruise5.00pm$195$120
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach & Nature CruiseKiwi Buffet Lunch5.00pm$215$120
Te Anau9.30am9.45amCoach, Cruise & KayakKiwi Buffet Lunch7.00pm$355$235
Te Anau9.45am10.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise*5.15pm$215$115
Te Anau9.45am10.00amCoach & Scenic Cruise*Buffet Lunch5.15pm$235$115
Te Anau10.45am11.00amCoach, Cruise &
Underwater Observatory
Picnic Lunch7.00pm$245$130

*Due to recent weather events and Milford road repairs preventing private vehicle access, we are operating daily special Milford Sound Coach & Cruise day trips departing from Queenstown and Te Anau. Underwater Observatory, Cruise & Kayak & Cruise only experiences will not be operating until further notice.

Winter

Milford Sound Cruises

1 May 2020 – 30 September 2020

Departs FromCheck in closesDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
Milford Sound9.30am9.45amEncounter Nature Cruise12.00pm$85$30
Milford Sound9.30am9.45amEncounter Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory*
Picnic Lunch1.00pm$120$55
Milford Sound10.15am10.30amNature Cruise12.15pm$69$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound10.15am10.30am Nature Cruise +
Underwater Observatory*
Picnic Lunch1.20pm$104$83
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amScenic Cruise1.00pm$69$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound11.15am11.30amScenic Cruise +
Underwater Observatory*
Picnic Lunch1.20pm$104$55
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pmNature Cruise2.30pm$95$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound12.45pm1.00pm Nature Cruise + Underwater Observatory*Picnic Lunch3.15pm$130$55
Milford Sound1.15pm1.30pmScenic Cruise3.15pm$85$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.45pm2.00pmNature Cruise3.45pm$75$30SAVE 10%
Milford Sound1.45pm2.00pm Nature Cruise + Underwater Observatory*Picnic Lunch4.30pm$110$55

*Underwater Observatory will be closed for winter maintenance from 31 May 2020 to 10 August 2020. Our vessels will be undergoing routine winter maintenance so your cruise may depart on a different vessel than advertised. Please note that cruise durations are approximate only.

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise – departs Queenstown and Te Anau

Departs FromCheck in closesDepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChild 
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise 7.30pm$185$89
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise Picnic Lunch**7.30pm$205$99
Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise with return flightPicnic Lunch**4.15pm$619$360

Queenstown6.45am7.00amCoach & Nature Cruise with return heliPicnic Lunch**4.15pm$1040$684

Queenstown7.00am7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise 7.45pm$175$89
Queenstown7.00am7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise International Buffet Lunch7.45pm$195$99
Queenstown7.00am7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise with return flightInternational Buffet Lunch4.30pm$619$360

Queenstown7.00am7.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise with return heliInternational Buffet Lunch4.30pm$1030$684

Te Anau9.15am9.30amSmall Coach, Cruise
& Underwater Observatory*
7.00pm$145$75
Te Anau9.45am10.00amCoach & Nature Cruise5.00pm$165$79
Te Anau9.45am10.00amCoach & Nature CruisePicnic Lunch**5.00pm$185$89
Te Anau10.00am10.15amCoach & Scenic Cruise5.15pm$155$79
Te Anau10.00am10.15amCoach & Scenic CruiseInternational Buffet Lunch5.15pm$175$89

*Small Coach, Cruise & Underwater Observatory will not be available 31 May to 10 August due to the Underwater Observatory being closed for winter maintenance.
**Picnic lunch special – upgrade your picnic lunch to hot chicken katsu or tofu teryaki rice. Only available when you book online.