Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Milford Sound
(4.1/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange to visit Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory and other attractions in Milford Sound using our Milford Sound travel itinerary planner.
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  • The visit to the underwater observatory was included as part of our Cruise and it was interesting to see what lives in the lake as you can see little from the surface. The guide initially gives a bit ...  more »
  • We did this activity as an inclusion on our tour with Southern Discoveries, however you can purchase it as an extra to some other tours. The observatory has a great deal of information about the histo...  more »
  • Pretty cool views of underwater, especially the black coral and colourful fish, and very informative, but not worth the price tag 
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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.