Fiordland Discovery

4.0 star property
Milford Sound cruise with restaurant and bar/lounge

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Fiordland Discovery

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Lobby lounge
Sun deck
Deluxe Double Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View (Captain Cook Cabin) | Bathroom | Shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, towels
Couples’ dining
Deluxe Twin Room, Ocean View (Endeavour Cabin)

Overview of Fiordland Discovery

9.6 out of 10 Exceptional
9.6/10 Exceptional

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
Berth 5, Milford Wharf, Milford Sound, 9679
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Self parking
  • Spa tub
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Concierge services
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Kayaking
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Self-parking (surcharge)
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Room options

Deluxe Quadruple Room, Multiple Beds, Ocean View (Resolution Cabin)

  • 10 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Single Bunk Beds

Deluxe Twin Room, Ocean View (Endeavour Cabin)

  • 10 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Large Single Beds

Deluxe Double Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View (Captain Cook Cabin)

  • 10 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Executive Suite, 1 King Bed, Ocean View (Governors Suite)

  • 20 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • Cruise from Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound - 1 min walk

Getting around

  • Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.) - 46.7 miles/75.1 km


  • Blue Duck Café and Bar - 11 min walk
  • Blue Duck Cafe & Bar - 9 min walk

About this property

Fiordland Discovery

Fiordland Discovery features a rooftop terrace and puts you 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Milford Sound. The restaurant is perfect for a bite to eat, and you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the hot tub for a relaxing end to the day.



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 9 cabins
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 3:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 9:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • The check-in location differs from the property location; to check in, go to Fiordland Discovery desk at the Milford Sound Terminal
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Please be advised that this property is a boat and not a standard hotel.
  • Guests must check in at 3:15 PM to board the boat at 3:45 PM. Departure is at 4 PM.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (5 years old and younger) are not allowed between January and December
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Uncovered on-site self-parking (NZD 30 per stay)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–8:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

What to do

  • Kayaking


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 2016
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Hot tub


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Includes 3-course meal – On-site restaurant.

Awards and affiliations

Eco-certified property
This property participates in Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award – a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage and the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 2 per cent


  • Uncovered self-parking costs NZD 30 per stay


This property does not have lifts.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Fiordland Discovery Boat Milford Sound
Fiordland Discovery Boat
Fiordland Discovery Milford Sound
Fiordland Discovery Milford S
Fiordland Discovery Cruise
Fiordland Discovery Milford Sound
Fiordland Discovery Cruise Milford Sound

Frequently asked questions

Does Fiordland Discovery offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Fiordland Discovery does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Are pets allowed at Fiordland Discovery?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Fiordland Discovery?
Yes. Self-parking costs NZD 30 per stay. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Fiordland Discovery?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Check-out time is 9:00 AM.
What is there to do at Fiordland Discovery and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as kayaking. Fiordland Discovery also has a hot tub.
Are there restaurants at or near Fiordland Discovery?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, includes 3-course meal.
What's the area around Fiordland Discovery like?
Fiordland Discovery is a short 1-minute walk from Milford Sound and 10 minutes' walk from Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Jose, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This was easily the highlight of a trip full of highlights. The staff was incredible, made us feel like royalty. The food was top notch, and the boat was breathtaking. Our original trip to Milford Sound had to be moved to Doubtful Sound due to a road outage. The owners went above and beyond to make sure our trip went uninterrupted. I would recommend this cruise even at twice the price. An unforgettable experience. Thank you to the captain, owners, and all the staff.
1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The service was warm and friendly. The dinner was delicious, as was the breakfast. Kayaking was fun but less time than desired (only allowed for about 20-30 minutes).
Jenna, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful Milford Sound
Very enjoyable stay on the Fiordland Discovery. Milford Sound was gorgeous, the crew was wonderful, the food was tasty - our family was in the bunk room. Beds were comfortable but it was hot. A great way to see the Sound without rushing back to Queenstown in one day!
Judith, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

It's expensive, but the experience is worth it! Such a beautiful place and waking up to it on the water can't be beaten!
Gordon, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

What a great way to experience Milford Sound! Crew was exceptional food was great! Allowed us to spend time taking in the sights away from crowds.
Gene, 1-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Fjordland Discovery charged me twice for the trip and claims that they never received the Orbitz payment.
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

An Experience Worthwhile
A beautiful experience first class service , first class meals . We even scored a free upgrade where the teenagers had a room to themselves. So much to see , had a spa in the hot tub late at night and the tranquility was absolutely amazing Recommend a stay on the overnight cruise
Darin, 1-night family trip
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