Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise with Underwater Observatory and Picnic Lunch ex Queenstown

Spend longer in Milford and witness spectacular wildlife on the ultimate, all-inclusive day trip from Queenstown!


  • Enjoy an intimate Milford Sound experience on our later departure that meets a small boat with fewer passengers
  • The only day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound including a visit to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory!
  • Witness spectacular scenery with plenty of photo stops and nature walks on the road to Milford
  • Get within touching distance of majestic waterfalls
  • Specialist nature guides share their local knowledge with informative and lively commentary
  • Top off the experience with a delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch!

Travel to Milford Sound on our brand new coach for the only day trip from Queenstown that includes a visit to the amazing Milford Sound Underwater Observatory!

Journey through spectacular natural landscapes as your local coach driver provides engaging and informative commentary and shows you the best short walks and photo stops along the Milford Road.

Upon arrival at Milford Sound, jump on-board our smallest boat for a fascinating Nature Cruise with fewer people. Soak up breath-taking scenic views as we really explore the beauty of the Fiord, and get within touching distance of impressive rock walls and right up close to Stirling Falls. Our specialist nature guides will share their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary, plus you'll enjoy a freshly prepared picnic lunch.

Visit Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and descend 60 steps down a spiral staircase into a spacious viewing chamber to discover the unique and beautiful environment hidden under the surface of Milford Sound. Immerse yourself in a mysterious undersea world and encounter the extraordinary rare black coral and colourful sea creatures teeming just below the surface.

We'll then cruise back to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre to re-join the coach for the comfortable return journey back to Queenstown.

Adult $265.00
Child $140.00

What's included

  • Return coach transport from Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Nature cruise
  • Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
  • Interesting commentary


  • Allow approximately 13 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Child age is to 0-14 years.

    Not valid in conjunction with any other special offers or discounts.

    Departure: Check-in is at Southern Discoveries Queenstown Visitor Centre, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown.

    Important: *IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the damage caused to the Milford Road from the floods at the start of February there will be changes to your Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Day Trip in March & April. From Friday, 21 February coaches will drive into Milford Sound under the guidance of New Zealand Transport Agency. During this time we will be unable to make any stops on the Milford Road and our cruise schedule will be operating slightly different as a result. If you have any concerns or would like further information before your trip, please call 03 441 1137 or email [email protected]

  • ***IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE:*** Please note an appropriate child restraint must be provided by the caregiver (adult) in order for an infant or small child to travel on the coach. This is in accordance with New Zealand Law. Children must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult on all cruises.

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Eileen Rosenbauer from United States wrote on 31 January 2020


A great tour! Nice way to spend a day and great value! Drive to Milford Sound was very scenic and our driver did a great job telling us all about what we were seeing! The cruise was terrific and we got to see a lot of waterfalls which was fantastic! The lunch provided was quite plentiful! I will definitely recommend this tour!

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STEPHEN from Australia wrote on 23 December 2019

Great day in Milford

My family enjoyed a terrific day on Milford sound. The coach trip and stops were also terrific.

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boonlengg from Singapore wrote on 28 November 2019

Milford sound

This is an excellent experience thought iris my 2nd times to milford sound after about 20 years. The coach was nice with glass top and the driver Russel provide commentary on the different aspect of NZ during the trip. There are a few short stops for viewing between Te Anau and milford sound, however, it was raining the entire day. The experience was interesting as raining you can see many waterfalls as compared to sunny day. The wind was strong and the boat get close to the waterfalls for a wet experience. Underwater observatory was good, however, due to rain, the water was not clear at 10m below surface. While we still see many fishes, etc, it properly will be better with clearer water when no orless rain. Overall a good experience and enjoyable trip thought long travel time.

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eirvinm from New Zealand wrote on 09 November 2019

Awesome adventure

Brad was ana amazing tour guide and driver, felt safe and we were given very reliable and enlightening information about NZ, queenstown and its people. It was an adventure i will definitely will never forget.

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Shin Yin from Malaysia wrote on 04 November 2019


I would recommend Milford Sound Cruise with Southern discoveries The trip was enjoyable and the scenery was fantastic. The service was really good, we have simple picnic lunch.

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