Hidden under the surface of Harrison Cove in Milford Sound is a unique and beautiful environment – there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it. In the middle of Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, the Underwater Observatory enables you to experience the magic of this special underwater environment, previously the exclusive realm of divers.
Descend 64 steps (10 metres) underwater into a large, fully air conditioned viewing area where large windows with excellent optical clarity open your eyes to this deep underwater haven. Unlike an aquarium, the fish are free to come and go; it’s the people who are contained!
Immerse yourself in this mysterious undersea world and encounter the extraordinary rare black coral and colourful sea creatures teeming just below the surface. Be guided through the Milford Sound story on colourful information panels covering culture, heritage, history, geology and wildlife - a highlight for most being the dramatic videos of Milford Road and Homer Tunnel avalanches.
New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory, this is a fantastic attraction and learning experience.
- Natural Attraction
- Wildlife Spotting
- Scenic Attraction