Milford Sound Scenic Flight And Nature Cruise - Fiordland National Park

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Overview

See Milford Sound by air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown that includes a round-trip flight and a boat tour through the sound. Save time and enjoy spectacular views as you fly over the breathtaking landscape of Fiordland National Park. Then, land in Milford Sound and board your boat to explore the scenic waterways of this World Heritage–listed region. Experienced naturalists and your pilot share informative commentary about the geology and wildlife of Milford Sound throughout this once-in-a-lifetime journey to one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders.

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Your tour starts with pickup at your Queenstown hotel and transfer to the airport, where you meet your professional pilot. After a safety briefing, take your seat and set off to Milford Sound, located within the UNESCO World Heritage–listed regions of Te Wahipounamu and Fiordland National Park.

Large picture windows allow for optimal viewing throughout your flight as your pilot provides informative details about the terrain below. Marvel at gorgeous mountain landscapes cut with blue waterways, dusted by snow and framed by dramatic clouds and light.

After a gentle landing at the airstrip in Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft. Board your boat, which carries a maximum of only 75 people, for a 2.25-hour cruise. The smaller-sized craft (compared to up to 300 passengers, which other Milford Sound cruises accommodate) provides a more intimate experience and allows your captain to get within touching distance of cliffs and waterfalls. You can even taste pure glacier-melt water from the 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls.

Expert naturalists aboard your boat share details about the geology of this glacier-carved region and any wildlife that you might see, such as birds, seals, dolphins and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

When booking, you have the option to pre-order a boxed lunch to be served during your cruise (sample menu below); otherwise, purchase a meal or snack from the onboard cafe. Complimentary tea and coffee are available for some liquid warmth as you travel through Milford Sound.

You are welcome to visit the captain’s bridge to learn about boat operations firsthand during the return voyage. At the end of your boat tour, enjoy a second chance to soak up the scenery as you fly back to Queenstown.

Sample boxed lunch menu (subject to change):
  • Ham and cheese roll
  • Chicken drumstick
  • Seasonal salad with dressing
  • Soup and bread (winter only)
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Packaged biscuit
  • Chocolate bar
  • Juice, tea and coffee

Inclusions for Milford Sound Scenic Flight And Nature Cruise

  • Round-trip flight
  • Boat cruise
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Milford Sound Scenic Flight And Nature Cruise

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant women

Not wheelchair accessible

Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking

Please bring a warm, waterproof jacket, and wear non-slip shoes, insect repellent and sun protection

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was an excellent and well worth the expense. We had a very fantastic trip. Flight was gorgeous, pilot tried to tell us interesting things, the cruise was great and food delicious.

  • This was one of the highlights of our very busy, jam packed adventure in New Zealand. The weather was perfect, the flight family crew was wonderful and the cruise was great. Air Milford even provided us with a drink and cheese and cracker plate on the cruise! I cannot even put into words how magnificent the flights were. Flying through the mountains was breathtaking and totally worth the extra money you put into this day trip. You save so much time and the views are INCREDIBLE. People are crazy not to splurge on this tour!

  • Great tour! The flight over to Milford was a great experience and it was awesome flying with Air Milford. The cruise was amazing. Small hiccup on the flight back but it was smoothly adjusted for. Highly recommended.

  • This really is one of those special life experiences. Apart from getting you to Milford Sound the flight itself is worth the trip. Seeing the lakes and mountains from above is a breathtaking experience. This trip is subject to weather conditions but the customer care we received was first class.

  • This is a must do trip if visiting the South Island of New Zealand! For those who don't know the drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound is 4 to 5 hours each way. That can make for a really long day especially if you do the 2 hour nature cruise. The flight was amazingly beautiful and Air Milford was a great company to fly with. On the 35 minute flight you get to see all of the huge mountain peaks as well as all of the lakes, things you won't see in a car or bus. Once landed the pilot walks you to the docks, which is beautiful, and gets the boat tickets for you. The lunch onboard the boat is buffet and is pretty good. The 2 hour nature cruise is awesome! You travel through the sound all the way to open ocean and back again. The captain took us under 3 waterfalls and if you were on the bow you got soaked! After the great cruise our pilot met us at the docks and walked us back to the plane for the 30 minute fly back. He flew a different route back so we got to see more beautiful scenery. We were in New Zealand a total of 16 days and we packed just about everyday with something and this is by far the best thing we did!

  • This was a tremendous excursion. I was mostly looking forward to the cruise, but the flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound was really even more spectacular. We flew with Hank, the owner of Air Milford, and he was very professional, courteous and an excellent tour guide as well as pilot. The cruise also lived up to expectations, even though it was cloudy and cold. Highly recommended.

  • The flight over the mountains to Milford Sound is arguable prettier and more exciting than the fjord itself. Air Milford did a good job of flying and organizing.

  • The tour was wonderful, just a 30 minute flight each way rather than a 5 hour drive! The Milford Sound was spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Be wary of bad weather though as spoke to a few people who couldn and #39;t do flights for that reason, even if it looks like a lovely day in queenstown.

  • It was a amazing trip. The best part of this trip is on the plane. It is really beautiful looking down at snow mountains, rivers, lakes, farms and sea.

  • Amazing view that worth every dollars! The pilot was very experienced and knowledgeable. It sure beats having to drive for hours with little kids in tow.

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