Milford Sound Underwater Observatory
The Milford Sound Underwater Observatory is the perfect addition to your Milford Sound cruise. Learn about the environment of Milford Sound with striking displays and original memorabilia. Descend 10 metres underwater into a spacious viewing chamber and be spellbound by the panorama unveiled; encounter the extraordinary rare black coral and colourful sea creatures teeming just below the surface. The Milford Sound Underwater Observatory certainly has the wow factor, whatever your age – an exciting experience not to be missed!
Why visit the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory?
- New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory is a unique, interactive learning experience
- Be guided through the Milford Sound story on colourful information panels covering culture, heritage, history, geology and wildlife
- Watch dramatic Milford Road and Homer Tunnel avalanche videos
- Immerse yourself in a mysterious undersea world and encounter the extraordinary rare black coral and colourful sea creatures teeming just below the surface
- Thanks to its unique underwater environment, Milford Sound is home to species of black coral usually found at depths of more than 500 metres
Fiordland National Park is a designated World Heritage Area…
Located on the South West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Fiordland stretches over 124 miles (200 kilometres), from Milford Sound in the north to Preservation Inlet in the south. Covering 1.25 million hectares, Fiordland is the largest National Park in New Zealand and is administered and managed by the Department of Conservation.
It is also one of the wettest places in the world but it is the rain that contributes to the area's beauty. Waterfalls tumble down steep mountains to the sea and rain nourishes rich beech forest.
Fiordland's extraordinary serrated coastline and deep branching lakes were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. The glaciers left behind a land internationally acclaimed for its spectacular scenery, isolation and uninhabited environment which became a designated World Heritage Area in 1986.
Described as the eighth wonder of the world, Milford Sound remains the only Fiord in this region that can be accessed by road and it is 16km from the head of the Fiord to the open sea.