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Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises

Milford Wharf | Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9640, New Zealand
0064 3 441 1137
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Owner description: Spectacular Milford Sound is an amazing experience. Southern Discoveries has a wide range of cruises to suit every interest and budget. They also... more » Owner description: Spectacular Milford Sound is an amazing experience. Southern Discoveries has a wide range of cruises to suit every interest and budget. They also operate the New Milford Discovery Centre & Milford Deep underwater observatory and relaxing 1 hour Kayaking tours in serene Harrisons Cove. Let us show you our Milford Sound. « less
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This being my second time to Milford sounds, the first time I did not make time to "cruise" the Sounds, don't make the same mistake as me. I would personally rate Milford Sounds and THE TOP thing to do in New Zealand. We were offered this cruise at the local garage in Te Anau, and Southern Discoveries were a well... More

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This cruise did it all - wildlife, scenery, Tasman Sea, underwater encounter! We had a perfectly sunny day with no clouds. I was not looking forward to the BBQQ lunch but it was actually tasty and well done. They joked we needed to come back and do the cruise in the rain to see it all.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Absolute MUST DO! - If you are in the area or really anywhere in NZ this is one of those things you just cant leave without seeing.. And Southern Discoveries 'Pride of Milford' is possible the best operator (value wise) to go with! The 90 minutes tour was perfect...just long enough to see everything without getting tedious, the diver stops... More

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We chose Southern Discoveries because they offered a guided tour of the Sound and did seem to cater to independent travelers. As such, we had an extremely informative boat ride and learned many facts about the area that we were visiting. We were able to come up very close to the rock faces to see the flora and fauna, as... More

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SouthernDisc, Front Office Manager at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us great feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the informative boat ride and got to experience the beautiful views and wildlife that Milford Sound has to offer. More

New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The Southern Discoveries team run a first class operation. I was on the first cruise of the day. They served a very nice breakfast with good variety. The cruise was also educational. The captain provided information about Milford Sound, the surrounding land and seascape, and wildlife throughout the cruise. Southern Discoveries also allow its passengers to do the tour from... More

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SouthernDisc, Front Office Manager at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review of your time in Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries. More

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Many companies offer cruises in Milford Sound. We chose Southern Discoveries because they do not take the big tour busloads of people. They prefer independent travelers like us. The ship holds about 100 people, but it was shoulder season in NZ when we went so the ship was only half full. Lucky us. A very comfortable ship, with a good... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

What a great team of guides and staff on the boats . kayak tours.tramps.and pub staff. A eclectic collection of characters from around the world.thanks for the memories

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SouthernDisc, Front Office Manager at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for writing a great review. We appreciate the comments about our staff and are very pleased that they made your time in Milford Sound so memorable. Thanks for choosing Southern Discoveries. More

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We drove out early to Milford Sound and watched the sunrise over the mountains. We got a 10 am cruise I believe. Being out on the front deck we got some great pictures and it had just rained to all the waterfalls were flowing. We got to put on rain coats and stand under a waterfall and then go inside... More

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SouthernDisc, Front Office Manager at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for the fantastic review!! It is great to hear that you took photos to make your time in Milford Sound with us so memorable. More

Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We booked our trip with Southern Discoveries several months in advance to secure a seat. We paid online, and got prompt responses when we inquired with any questions or to check on our reservations. The staff at the front desk were courteous. The boat staff were very nice as well, all cheery and happy. Besides the obvious, our skipper was... More

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SouthernDisc, Front Office Manager at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are happy that the weather was nice for you on your day of travel. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your day in Milford and that you found it informative and beautiful! Milford really is a stunning part of the world. More

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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We were fortunate to have a rainy day to drive into Milford SOund to see the amazing waterfalls and then to have a spectacular day for the Nature Cruise. We had the best of both worlds! The Nature Cruise was great and delivered on everything promised....except it wasn't the season to see penguins so we didn't see any. We added... More

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SouthernDisc, Front Office Manager at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, responded to this review

Hi, We are happy to hear you had such a fantastic day in Milford Sound and that the weather was good along with the stunning waterfalls. I am sorry to hear that you didn't see the penguins, unfortunately as you can imagine the wildlife can be very unpredictable at times. Kind Regards, Southern Discoveries. More

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