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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise or Discover More Cruise including Underwater Observatory (Optional Kayaking)

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See the awe-inspiring scenery of Milford Sound including towering peaks, bodies of water, and the majestic Mitre Peak up close on these excellent-value cruises!

Choose from either the Milford Sound Scenic Cruise or Discover More Cruise. During the 1 hour 40 minute Scenic Cruise, you'll be entertained by commentary from the crew. They'll make sure you don't miss any of the highlights, including Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and tea on board, or upgrade to a delicious lunch option. Choose from picnic lunch, Japanese Obento or Thali Indian Lunch, all freshly prepared on board. 

With the Discover More Cruise you can really explore the beauty of the fiord. You'll have access to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, the only floating underwater observatory in New Zealand. This is the absolute best way to experience the magic of the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, previously the exclusive realm of divers. Descend 10 metres underwater into a large, fully air-conditioned viewing area where large windows with excellent optical clarity open your eyes to this deep underwater haven. You can also upgrade to include a one hour kayak around sheltered Harrison Cove. Kayak through crystal clear waters in one of the most majestic places in the world.

Book your seat on this one-of-a-kind adventure on the Milford Sound with us today!


  • Assemble at the meeting point.

  • Board Milford Sound Scenic Cruise.

  • Visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory (only for Discover More package).

  • Kayak (only for Discover More package with kayaking).

  • Return to the meeting point.

Activity durations:

  • Scenic Cruise duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

  • Discover More Cruise duration: Approximately 3 hours

  • Kayak duration: 1 hour

Tour availability:

  • 9:00 am - 10:45 am (1 October - 30 April, optional kayaking)

  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (all year round, optional Discover More Cruise and Kayaking)

  • 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm (all year round, optional Discover More Cruise; optional kayaking from October to April)

Cruise introduction:

  • Model: Pride of Milford

  • Design: catamaran, flat boat

  • Viewing decks: 5

  • Sailing speed: 13 nautical miles/hour

  • Length: 34 meters

  • Passenger capacity: 280 passengers


Assembling arrangement:
  • Meeting point: Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound
  • Please make your own way to check in 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time (check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure).

About parking:

  • Parking in the main Milford Sound car park costs $10 NZD per hour, or part there-of.

  • You must pay by credit card and parking cannot be prepaid, you pay when you depart the car park.

  • The main car park is a 10 minute walk from the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal.

  • There are a limited number of free car parks in the Deepwater Basin Park and Ride area, situated about 2 kms from the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, with a complimentary shuttle service departing every 15 to 20 minutes to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal. Allow an extra 30 minutes on your travel time if you choose this option.

  • If you choose to drive to Milford Sound please allow at least 1 to 1.5 hours prior to your cruise departure to find a car park and make your way to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal to check-in 20 minutes prior to your cruise departure.

Dining arrangement:
  • Discover More Cruise provides you with a free picnic lunch, including a free on-site cooked breakfast served at 9:00 am.

  • Add-on lunchs are available for Scenic Cruise (except for cruise departure at 9:00 am).

  • Child tickets: Ages 5 – 14 years

  • Infants aged 0 – 4 are free. Infants are not able to participate in kayak activity.

  • Infants can take part in the Milford Sound Discover More Cruise for free without meals provided. Please make sure you add one to your booking if required.

  • Free unlimited hot drinks are available on all cruise ships. Drinks and snacks are sold on-board.

  • We do not recommend pregnant women, people with disabilities or recent injuries to take part in the kayak activity.

  • The picnic lunch includes Regular, Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free picnic options.

  • You may request for a two seater kayak, please specify your preference when booking.

  • Pride of Milford will undergo maintenance from 24 June 2019 to 6 September 2019, Spirit of Milford will replace it to operate during this time.

What to bring:

  • Warm clothes

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Comfortable, non-slip shoes

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

  • Water

  • A change of clothes (for kayak customers)

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 7 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-6 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Q:Will kayaking be cancelled if it is raining?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. Definitely not! Kayaking in the rain can be a fun and exciting experience. Your trained kayak guide will assess the weather before and during your kayaking trip and will take appropriate measures to ensure your safety. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia
  • Q:Is there anywhere I can leave my belongings behind while I am kayaking?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. You can store your personal belongings in the kayak shed at the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory. While this area is monitored by staff, we recommend you leave all valuable items such as wallets, passports, keys, jewellery etc. in a safe and secure location back in Milford Sound. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia

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