Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in New Zealand

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Experience the majesty of Milford Sound on a boat cruise that stops at the Milford Sound Discovery Center and Underwater Observatory. The smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering better viewing and more time on the water than other tours. Look directly into the waters of the sound from New Zealand’s only underwater observatory. Expert naturalists share informative commentary throughout your tour. Bonus: Include a small-group kayak excursion to paddle along the Milford Sound, one of the Earth’s most magnificent locations!
Relax in comfort with panoramic views of the magnificent scenery of Fiordland National Park, the biggest national park in New Zealand, where Milford Sound is located on board your Milford Sound Cruise. Join the longest cruise in Milford Sound with an onboard nature guide providing engaging and informative commentary of the local wildlife, flora, fauna and history of the area. Your cruise includes a 30-minute stop at the Milford Sound Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, which is only accessible by boat. Disembark and browse exhibits that detail the history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound. Then descend 33 feet (10m) into New Zealand’s only underwater observatory, where you can see rare black coral, butterfly perch, blue cod and other marine critters that thrive in the waters of Milford Sound. After taking in the underwater world, get back on your boat to resume your cruise, taking in 360-degree views as you glide along the stunning waterway. Munch on a provided picnic lunch of fresh sandwiches, New Zealand cheese and crackers, biscuits, fruit, and juice. At the end of your Milford Sound boat cruise, return to your starting point at Milford Wharf. Cruise and Kayak Upgrade to include a 1-hour kayak excursion on Milford Sound that takes place near the end of the boat cruise. This is a small-group activity, limited to 16 people, with an experienced nature guide. Slip your kayak into Harrison Cove to glide across crystal-clear water. Gaze at Pembroke Glacier and Harrison Valley as you paddle around the cove. From there, hop back on the boat to head back to the Milford Wharf. You don’t need any previous experience for this kayak tour; all instruction and gear is provided. Don't miss this rare chance to kayak in the breathtaking, peaceful beauty of Milford Sound.

What’s included

  • Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
  • Entry to Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory
  • Picnic lunch
  • Local guide

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)