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

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#3 of 15 in Museums in Southland Region
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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  • We took a Milford Sound nature cruise with Southern Discoveries. Wonderful trip, beautiful scenery, lot of information from well informed guide and lots of stopping to take photos of surroundings and ...  more »
  • This was nice to see good photo opportunities. What I expected and more. White coral was amazing. Only disappointment was the guide wanted to keep talking!  more »
  • Our family enjoyed the observatory and it's a beautiful location but I definitely wouldn't need to do that bit again. It's quite small inside and while you see some marine life it's not that exciting....  more »
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  • 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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