Southern Discoveries

Southern Discoveries

Milford Sound Cruises

Reviews

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Jocelyn Booy

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Great trip and a hot buffet breakfast included for the price. We saw dolphins and seals. Although it was cold and rainy - excellent trip, many falls. Hot coffee and tea available on a cold day. Bring an umbrella.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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David Horley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

It was cloudy and raining when we went in January. We were told it is hardly ever clear like the pictures! It is still spectacular though. Worth going after 3pm to avoid the crowds.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Remy and Rebecca Mans

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

We did the Discover More cruise which includes entrance to the observation deck. We expected a bit more of that. We found it not really interesting. Also we wished that the route of the cruise was a bit longer. Most of the scenery can be seen from land.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Vallee Manon

France

Ranking: 9/10

Fiord was wonderful, even if the weather was foggy. To go on a cruise is the only was to discover this amazing and unique place even if it is expensive.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Samuel Michalak

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We did the two hour scenery cruise and delicious breakfast was included the boat was almost empty (mid October), we could join the captain on the bridge to get a better view.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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victor diego

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

We did the cruise with Southern Discoveries in Milford Sound. Very nice view of the fjord (the ship is too big and crowded).

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Nanda Dyke

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful fiords and nature (seals, waterfalls).

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Benedikt Hang

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

The ship was very crowded but the captain gave us enough time to enjoy the waterfalls and seals.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Laura Munguira Vadillo

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome fjord, we saw dolphins, cascades, seals.......

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Rahel Baufeld

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly staff, but you cannot understand them through the speakers outside which is a shame because they explained a lot. Free coffee and tea. Really close to the waterfalls, cliffs and seals.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lauren Goebel

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Value for money was excellent! Buffet breakfast included, very informative guide, plenty of space. Loved our experience with this company! Plus free tea and coffee!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jorge Gonzoleis

Colombia

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice experience, even if it was raining, I will enjoyed it.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gracen Verheryden

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We took the 9am cruise that included a full english breakfast buffet!! For only $59 it was definitely worth it. The cruise was lovely and the captain was excellent!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Dan Wilson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very touristy, but the cheapest way to see the Sound, stunning views.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Peter Hodgson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

A must do in Milford Sound. Take their cruise and sign up for a kayak experience in the bay. Informative, great views and amazing guides.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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doug fiddes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent boat, lots of space, very interesting and entertaining commentary.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Corrie Medinea

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful even in the rain.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Jennifer Hoyles

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience, lots of people but it was a beautiful summer's day, good tour of the Sound, saw seals and amazing scenery and waterfalls, and the Captain was an entertaining tour commentator :)

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Rebecca Wharton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Informative, good guides and good size boat that it did not feel too big a crowd. Lots of information about the Sounds that made it a great trip!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Andy Jobst

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely cruise, entertaining commentator, we saw sea lions.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Lenka Korinkova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Fine but we had bad weather.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Svenja Trubenbach

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Long and far tour, not too expensive, not too many tourists, bad coffee.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Henrik Bours

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice trip through the Sound out to the sea. Stopped at many locations with information but difficult to understand, many older people, bad coffee.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Matt Weston

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

9am cruise was quiet with good breakfast and attentive crew.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Inga Memmen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Cruise on the Lake.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marek Heiurich

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

The trip was a bit rushed and the tour guide did not explain things seriously.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sheila Galpin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent boat and good commentary from nature guide. Good value for money, worth doing, despite being a bit touristy.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Andreas Jung

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Boat cruise was a beauty, amazing views over the Fjord, food on the boat was good, cruise in the waterfall very wet, underwater observatory very interesting. Kayaking tour was very boring because of the short distance.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Guillaume

France

Ranking: 9/10

2 hour trip in the Milford Sound with a great staff and a lot of stops!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Rawiri johnston

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great cruise. There were barely 10 of us on the first cruise of the morning (and it was the smaller boat of the 2 they had there) - so if felt like a personal tour at times. Got to talk to the guide (waiata) quite a bit and the commentary was great. Saw dolphins, seals - and with a sunny cloudless sky we had a brilliant tour of the sound (got up and close with the waterfalls - on the way back - thank goodness for the extra coats). Good experience with friendly staff.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Michael Rohn

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Small boat, friendly guides.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Guy David

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Scenic cruise

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Alacchi Moustier

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very good cruise, saw lots of dolphins.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Oram Salem

Israel

Ranking: 6/10

Scenic cruise in Milford Sound, not much of adventure, the staff were fine, the view was less than I expected.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Clarissa Hanck

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

No open views for waterfalls.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Rainer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Went very close to the walls to see the vegetation, waterfalls, seals etc.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Michael Heuer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We took the three hours 'discover more cruise'. Includes BBQ lunch and a stop at the discovery centre (underwater viewing observatory), not cheap $117pp but an unforgettable tour!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Lorna and Seb

England

Ranking: 9/10

All in all a fantastic experience, the people were really helpful, easy to approach and very welcoming.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tom Somers

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Nice tour in Milford Sound with free tea and coffee and excellent information on the way.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Stientje van den Heuvel

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Cruise Milford Sound - scenic cruise, 1 hr 45mins. Useful information given by the captain during the cruise.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Michal Sturma

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Nice boat, trip with breakfast for a good price. You will get so close to waterfalls and see seals.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jitka Krejcova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect, very nice staff on board who gave us all the information that we needed. View from boat was stunning.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Katharina

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Long cruise through Milford Sound, Discovery Centre was boring and lunch too early.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Tim Vennewold

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Boat ride in Milford Sound, 2 hours long - longest ride.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Brandon Wells

United States

Ranking: 8/10

There is no bad way to see Milford Sound. Southern Discoveries provided a clean ship, witty captain and plenty of interaction while on tour.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Lea Roser

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly and polite staff. Very good food. Interesting commentary.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Kristin Denny

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good trip, good food, could get good pictures, but could make more backpacker specials!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Wendy Ward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Lunchtime cruise, good meal, underwater aquarium visit all included. Excellent value and service.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

too commercial and too expensive. We did the "nature" tour... That is a good marketing tool for asking more money for yout boat trip....

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Michael Nolan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What an experience - would recommend it to anyone - go on an afternoon cruise - we went at 3.00pm - much quieter and the boat was very comfortable and probably only a third full.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Katharina Pape

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice boat and tour. However same route as any other company. Free breakfast (however, very basic).

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Camille

France

Ranking: 7/10

Too commercial.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Marion Hassink

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Comfortable, great views and scenery. But still relatively expensive for a two hour trip. Good service and information.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Larry Curtiss

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The drive in is worth it, lots of DOC sites if you do not want to do the full drive back. Discover Centre 10+.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Petr Stepanek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Much more waterfalls in Milford Sound when it is raining.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Stam

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Too busy with lots of tourists, expensive too!! Very dependant on the weather (scenery!!) $76pp.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Alan Findlay

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent trip, informative commentary, good lunch.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Tadej Ferjan

Slovenia

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect trip! A must do in NZ! It was great that the boat was not overcrowded.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Nico Welagen

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Trip with bus and boat, BBQ lunch included, Discovery Centre included too.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Andreas Kristiansen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Milford Sound is so beautiful! An absolute must see in New Zealand!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Peter Putz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Scenic cruise for about 2 hours - very nice. Sleep at Milford Sound Lodge or rent a campsite. Book in advance! It is the only place to spend the night and is always full.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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nztintin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

great staff and boats, we did the BBQ lunch and kayak tour and loved it. very well worth the money, the mad Irishman stripping down and standing on the front of the boat while we were under a waterfall was a memory that will remain for a while!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ed & Katie Riches

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good, professional outfit, captain entertaining, good for children - lots of space on the boat.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Seth & Carla

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Got the 9am cruise before it got busy. $65 with breakfast was a great price. Peaceful cruising and not too many people early.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mr & Mrs Mackie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The boat was clean and well organised, the crew were efficient and polite, the food was good. Milford Sound is a must do.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Scott & Madeleine Bancroft

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic, just a bit expensive.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Arnoldus Bergmans

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

It was a once in a lifetime experience.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Kai

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Had a beautiful day. Blue sky and sunshine. The cruise was fantastic. The crew gave good information about Milford. Free tea and coffee during the whole trip.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Christoph

United Arab Emirates

Ranking: 9/10

Was overpriced.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Jory Singer

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good guide, perfect boat, good service, included coffee and tea. Don't see so much wildlife, like it was expected. Other companies were cheaper.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Laura Thrower

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Lisa Milton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

1 hour 45 minute tour on Milford Sound. Free tea and coffee, informative staff. Stopped to watch dolphins, clean and tidy ship. Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Rob O'Neill

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Package included BBQ lunch and entry fee to observatory. Good value for money.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Brian Jones

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent, comfortable boat - the complimentary coffee and tea were great. We would do it again in a heartbeat.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Zachary Steinberg

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Well worth the money. Go in the early morning or afternoon for cheaper prices.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ofir Avimeir

Israel

Ranking: 8/10

Milford Cruise - very nice and interesting. It is nice to take the early cruise then you get breakfast on board.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Stefanie

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

The best way to explore Milford Sound when theres little time.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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John Tinus

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We made a boat trip through the Milford Sounds.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Bruce & Elaine Chote

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had awesome trip to Milford Sound, beautiful lunch, helpful staff.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Estel la Prado

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Was awesome! I had a meal included in the trip, the boat went close to the waterfall, and all the time somebody was explaining all the views. And the amazing observatory.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Boi Sagarra

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Cruise through the Milford with one stop in the underwater observatory, amazing!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Kimberly St Louis

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We did the nature boat tour, the last one of the day. Everything was great. It rained, but on that boat, there were plenty of places to go, and they provided nice rain gear. Were were on the last sailing of the day, so if you got a cup of soup, it was unlimited. This was nice to warm up with. The boat was in very good condition and not overcrowded at all. It was a very special trip with lots to see and the clouds constantly changing. The boat gets you very close to the mountains and animals. We had a pod of dolphins escort our boat near the end of the trip back to the dock. It was wonderful.
Milford sound is so beautiful. We regret not staying overnight at the hotel there. It would be well worth the extra time, especially if you are into photography.

We at first planned on seeing Milford Sound by helicoptor from Q'town, but then decided to drive. The drive is wonderful in itself. We are VERY glad that we drove, as we found out that the Majority of helicoptor flights to Milford Sound get cancelled due to the weather. It would have been a shame to have missed out on this experience.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Van den Borne

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Good explanation, few peple on the boat.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Siggi Wick

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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G Elliason

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic nature

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Thomas Reidinger

Austria

Ranking: 6/10

Another big cruise through the Milford Sound. Tea and Coffee included.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Alex

France

Ranking: 8/10

Encounter nature cruise in the Milford Sounds. Good explanations and friendly crew.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Sarah and Uli Glas

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Boat trip 3 hours, lunch was not very good.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jeff and Carey Brown

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great breakfast! (Basically free), informative commentary, lovely part of the world.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Fredrik Thornell

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

It is a nice cruise but skip the Discovery Centre (underwater).

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Katie Mitchell

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We did the Nature Encounters trip, the boat was comfy & the staff very friendly. We saw everything that the other companies showed us for a slightly cheaper price. Only nature we saw was some seals unfortunately, but still it was a beautiful day out & we got to share the trip with a lot of friendly people.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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LandJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

We went on the late afternoon cruise which was quiet - very good. The crew did seem bored and the commentary could have been more informative.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Galamez

France

Ranking: 9/10

Milford Sound, 3 hours, included lunch.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Robert Haidt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We had really gorgeous 2 1/4 hours on the Milford Sound, (in the sun). It was a really impressive experience with good explanations from the staff.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Chloe Finster

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic cruise, great commentary about the views. Very tasty food also.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Brian Lind

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Very informative but not as scenic as expected in Milford Sound.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Laura Hayes

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent trip. Probably the best scenic views in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jol Balder

Ranking: 8/10

Milford Sound Cruise, breathtaking cruise with all availabilities in price/time. Early bird is great optionto beat the crowds! 9am cruise with 15 people on board including breakfast! (Stay and reserve Milford Lodge!!)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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VisualDelight

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Milford Sound is one of those places you have heard of and seen on travel shows, and thought; one day, id like to see that. It is not until you actually reach there, absorbed in the majestic surrounds and vastness of natural beauty, that your so glad this place has never left your ‘to do’ list.

I traveled by coach from Queenstown - a really good deal with Southern Discoveries which included a Free Buffet for lunch, the coach driver was great, funny, a kiwi with a wealth of knowledge on our travels. Once onboard cruising on a classy catamaran, the scenery takes your breath away! Milford is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in, an absolute highlight of my travels, peaceful, surreal, majestic, all describe it, but the feeling and grand beauty is mesmerizing. Highly recommend taking the time to experience this trip, to a place you’ll never forget...

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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lindam

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Good commentary, good crew and an excellent trip.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Kane Chain

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good prices, cheaper that expected

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Martina Pankova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Cruise was beautiful, friendly people, free coffee and tea.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Steve

Ranking: 7/10

Didn't see much, was very wet and windy - picked the wrong day.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Neal

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Guide knowledgable of area stopped at all the points from pick up in Te Anau. Boat is small and stoppped where the big boats didn't!!! Great BBQ buffet!!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jerry

Ranking: 8/10

Although that day rained and Milford is smaller than Doubful Sound.
But buffet was abundant and delicious. Underwater observatory was interesting. I enjoyed a short trip on Milford Sound.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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Ian E

England

Ranking: 10/10

Nature cruise on smaller boat - Excellent trip don't miss it.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Mattias Thorm

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Avoid the noon cruise, come early on your own and take a small boat.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Bouwma

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

It must be one of the most beautiful spots in NZ. We saw some dolphins but specially the fiords were brilliant. Also the amazing view and the waterfall were nice. The Captain informed us but we couldn't hear him too well, that was a pity.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Olly

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Good boat and extensive cruise. Very much helped by such a beautiful place and sunny day.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Graham Butt

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Good. A good view of the Sound, saw penguins and seals. Good lunch.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Decuq

New Caledonia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent Cruise

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Carl and Angela Rapihana

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful! But the driver to get there was even better!

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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johnma

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The cruise was amazing! We did the nature cruise and got up close and personal to waterfalls and marine-life. The sound was beautiful.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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ingeh

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Scenic tour. 90 minutes was the right duration for sightseeing in the Milford Sound. But don't expect a deeper insight.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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familytravellers

Ranking: 7/10

Nice tour - they had a special that the kids didn't have to pay --> nice for us with four kids!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Suzie Lechner

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Very well organised & executed - wet wear much appreciated!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Joel

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very scenic. Helpful people. Enjoyed every moment of the trip.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Sara Hansson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

The weather was great - really nice.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Peter Bowen-Simpkins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Rissmann

Gibraltar

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly, shows a lot.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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tessac

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Great tour of Milford Sound. Friendly staff, good captain, great info. Beautiful tour at a reasonable price.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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andriesk

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Impressive boat cruise tour. Very bad weather but as a result of heavy rain we got to see fantastic waterfalls.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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SteveW

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Close encounters - spectacular cruise up the sound that allowed time to really experience it.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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CraigB

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Milford sound absolutely spectacular, well worth doing.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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NicolaW

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic - good boat, free morning tea. Superb commentary & stunning area. Book on website for 10% discount.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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KurtL

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great place, luxury vessel. All around satisfying experience. Maybe not best cruise if your looking to hear about the history, etc.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JonK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very informative commentary, friendly staff, large, well-equiped boat (inc free tea + coffee) Got us very close to waterfalls + seal colonies with time to appreciate them.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Sofie

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

We really recommend this cruise and this company. The cruises wasn't very crowded so there was plenty of space so you could take great pics without getting an elbow in your face.
The staff were very nice and funny. Told us lots of interesting information and took us to some great spots.
We saw seals, dolphins and went up really close to one of the waterfalls.
Great experience!!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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ElleGermany

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Dolphins, seals. All "important" points of Milford Sound.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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DirkGermany

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very easy to book.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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nickm

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Fun, good commentary, snack food good and fairly priced. Hands on activities.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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SonjaG

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Encounter, Milford Sound. Scenic cruise.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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JoT

England

Ranking: 7/10

Very scenic and well organised.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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RichardB1

England

Ranking: 6/10

Good but if was cheaper later on in the day, it was sunny which was lucky. Rains all the time.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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RobC1

England

Ranking: 7/10

Loverly scenery.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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DavidO

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting commentary. Friendly crew, free tea + coffee, and the boat got really close to waterfalls and seals :)

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in December 2008

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JanetH

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Milford sound cruise - we really enjoyed our cruise because there were only about 20 people on it. The tea/coffee was a nice touch.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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StefanieW

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A really long day and the bus was not compfy the boat cruise was good.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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SimonR

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Very spectacular view but too expensive.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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AdelineC

France

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly. Nice cruise program.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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streneer

England

Ranking: 10/10

A great trip despite the pouring rain. Happy, cheerful and informative crew.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Bridget

England

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of time for stops, really good driver - knowledgeable.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Roy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Encounter nature boat trip, excellent in good weather.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Frank

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice tour, everything in general as expected. Nothing extraordinary.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Debbie

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

The nature is amazing with a lot of waterfalls.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Stolz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

$170 per 2 persons minus 10% voucher. Friendly staff, good informations during tour, not so many people.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ulli

Greece

Ranking: 9/10

Nice views.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Tatjane

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Especially in the morning really nice because there are not so many people.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice cruise with BBQ lunch. Price ok.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Klaus

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect organisation, friendly service, staff & good stories.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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schenk

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Milford Sound - beutiful weather.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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groenewold

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Large vessel, good lunch.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Jessy

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful waterfalls but rainy.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Wilco

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Good value for money. Good commentary through the cruise. Lunch buffet finished too early though.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Bernd

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It was very interesting trip, price was ok. We had good weather, some say it is also good in rainy conditions.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Paul

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Included a visit to the underwater observatory. A very enjoyable trip.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Loren

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Just fantastic. I wish I could have stayed on the boat!

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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David

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Staff were excellent. Everything could not have been better.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Kylie

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Informative. Milford is definitely a must.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Ursula

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Good commentary.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Carrie

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good cruise. More information on Milford Sound would have been nice.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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David

England

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant because it was out of season - no crowds! Underwater Observatory great too.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Howard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very relaxing.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Chris

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The BBQ food was very bad. Ferg who drove us was very nice.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Sandra Verbaarschot

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very good!

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Omer Harron

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Great breakfast. Driver gave us his binoculars, good explanations, interesting.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Kerstin Brantryd

Sweden

Ranking: 5/10

The lunch was not worth the money, and the boat was also not so fresh. Good scenery.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Sanne

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, excellent weather and a beaut breakfast.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Martens

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great weather, though the BBQ was not so good.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Dan Adamson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Discover More BBQ Cruise. Long cruise incl Observatory. Up close and personal plus interesting commentary.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Ben

England

Ranking: 7/10

The rain was horizontal so we could not see anything. We were on the cruise with an Asian tour group having a buffet meal. It was noisy.

Reviewed almost 14 years ago

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Kirsty Ranger

England

Ranking: 9/10

Spirit of Milford. The trip was brill. The commentary was interesting as opposed to the monotone chat you get on bigger cruises. The drivers get you amongst it steering the boat under waterfalls and explaining all the beautiful things there are to see.

Reviewed about 14 years ago

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Deloraine

France

Ranking: 7/10

Not so much wonderful that it was supposed to be.

Reviewed about 14 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Denise Nick

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Crew very friendly, observatory side trip: not that spectacular. Take morning cruise - less crowded.

Reviewed about 14 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Stefan

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The views over there are awesome.

Reviewed about 14 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Svenja

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Too touristic.

Reviewed about 14 years ago and experienced in February 2007