Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Milford Sound

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Get a fresh perspective on what lies beneath Midland Sound at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, New Zealand's first floating observatory. Descend 64 stairs into the observation tank to discover the diverse marine life of Harrison Cove, set in the middle of the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve. Information panels and audio-visual exhibits guide visitors through the forms of life thriving here, including a rare species of black coral usually only seen by divers. Using our world travel planner, Milford Sound attractions like Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Bruce was a delight and made the long bus ride from Te Anau go by fairly quickly. It was a fabulous tour, we lucked out with the sunny warm weather, and the discovery center was icing on the cake. Hig...  more »
  • Toured the Observatory as part of a package cruise with Southern Discoveries via the Lodge. Quite surprising to see how much underwater life there is in the Sound! The Observatory is very well maintai...  more »
  • The boat trip was great and the boat was not too big. Some of the others were huge and not our kind of tourists. The commentary was excellent and the sights were fabulous. However the underwater add o...  more »
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  • Great cruise and underwater observatory. We managed to see some dolphins on the cruise which was a bonus. The boat itself was nice, was not crowded as we were on the last cruise of the day, has ample seating inside, but only a number of seats outside on the boat we were on. We got complimentary tea and coffee. We also went for the observatory and lunch option, although we weren’t told we had to get our lunch on the boat before we got the observatory which was a bit annoying, however the staff organised for our lunch to be waiting for us back at the start. The observatory was pretty cool, you walk down a spiral staircase to a level underwater with windows all around. Loads of fish and black coral to look at which was nice. We were told that the tour before managed to spot the dolphins! For the cruise, observatory and lunch we paid €80 each which wasn’t too bad. There is plenty of parking there if you choose to drive (and I would recommend this as there are some nice sights to see on the way).
  • Great place to hop a cruise around Milford Sound, nice lounges inside. Limited food available so be sure to grab a bite before you arrive. We went with the Go Orange tour boat and got lunch on board which was quite nice, the price was fantastic and the staff were very friendly! Would highly recommend this operator. There is plenty of free parking available onsite.
  • Not recomended if you have ever been to any underwater observatory! (And probably even if you haven't). They say there are deep water creatures because less light penetrate the fresh/salt water layers. In my opinion it looks just as lit as it should be at 10 meters. All the creatures seem to be the usual shallow water creatures except for the black coral and it's snake star. But the coral is planted into the observatory walls and no bedrock coral is seen. We went to the observatory after 13:35 Mitre Peak cruise. It seemed that the observatory was about to close so we had a limited time there and left with all the crew on their boat. Tickets are 36$ per person.
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