Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: New Zealand, Otago, Queenstown

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  • 4 hours
  • Queenstown
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Milford Sound is an area of extraordinary natural beauty. It offers a majestic fiord, dramatic and awe inspiring scenery and prolific flora and fauna. This tour with Air Milford allows you to combine the stunning flight to Milford Sound with a beautiful cruise on the fiord. Relax as you enjoy the best of both worlds from above and from the sea.

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Stop At: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Lane Queenstown Airport, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand

On arrival that the Air Milford base you will meet your pilot, for a full pre-flight briefing, before embarking on your 35 minuet scenic flight over the Southern Alps, to Milford Sound.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Coronet Peak Ski Resort, Queenstown New Zealand

After takeoff, view Coronet Peak, one of New Zealand's premiere ski fields.

Pass By: Skippers Canyon, Skippers Road, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

Fly over the Shotover river and Skippers canyon, this is where gold was discovered in the 1860's. This river became the world's 2nd highest gold bearing river in the world, next to the Klondike in Alaska.

Pass By: Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Mount Creighton New Zealand

Fly over the small settlement of Glenorchy, located at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Here you enjoy wonderful views of two braided river mouths joining the lake. The two rivers are the Dart and the Rees, both glacial fed, display wonderful colors as they mix with the lake.

Pass By: Routeburn Track, Routeburn Road, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fly over the dense beech forest of the Routeburn and Hollyford. valleys. One of new Zealand 'great walks' traverses the Routeburn valley, its a 3-day hike through the valley and over an alpine pass into Fiordland National Park.

Pass By: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fly over the main divide of the Southern Alps and into Fiordland National park. One of the first sights you will encounter on arrival in Fiordland National Park is Mt Tutoko, at over 8,900ft / 2,700meters it is Fiordland's highest peak. There are two main glaciers to view here, the Donne and the Age.

Pass By: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

Fly the full length of the fiord, right out to the Tasman sea where you will turn and descend, before coming into land. This part of the flight really makes you appreciate the sheer size of the towering cliffs of the fiord, which rise over a mile high in some parts!

Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

View the highest peak in Milford Sound, Mitre Peak. It impressively rises directly out of the water of the fiord, to it's summit at 5,560ft / 1,690 meters, which is just over a mile of vertical gain!

Pass By: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island

Experience the overhead beauty of Milford Sound

Pass By: Milford Sound Airport, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

When your cruise returns, your pilot will meet you and escort you back to the airport. If time allows, the pilot will take you on a short bush walk through the native beech forest. The flight time back to Queenstown is 35 minuets.

Pass By: Milford Sound Airport, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

After landing in Milford Sound, your pilot will escort you to the boat docks to board your Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

Stop At: Cruise Milford, 1 Milford Sound Highway, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

On your cruise, numbers are capped at 150 passengers and on this intimate experience, nature guides offer a personal commentary. The boat explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail. The boat traverses the full length of the fiord, right out to the Tasman Sea, allowing guests to relax and take in the stunning scenery.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Pass By: Sutherland Falls, Southland 9679, New Zealand

After taking off in Milford Sound the flight path first takes in another view of the fiord, before tracing south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland Falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand's highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.

Stop At: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New Zealand

During your cruise, view the Bowen Falls, it is one of Milford Sound's two permanent waterfalls and at 530ft / 162 meter is it's highest.

After rainfall, there are hundreds of waterfalls to be viewed in the fiord!

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Greenstone and Caples Tracks, Greenstone Station Road, Greenstone and Caples Conservation Area, Queenstown New Zealand

After once again crossing the main divide of the Southern Alps, taking in stunning views of small alpine lakes and jagged snow capped mountains, the route then traverses the densely forested Greenstone and Caples valleys.

Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

After emerging from the Greenstone valley, fly over Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points!

Queenstown is nestled on the lake's shores, so some great views of the town are enjoyed before landing.

Pass By: Walter Peak Station Wharf, Beach Bay, Walter Peak 9793, New Zealand

View the Walter Peak high country station, which is one of New Zealand's largest merino sheep farms.

Stop At: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

View the Remarkable mountain range and Queenstown, before landing back at the Air Milford base for your drop-off back to your accommodation.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

The flight path then begins to track east over the Southern Alps and back towards Queenstown. New Zealand's second largest lake, Lake Te Anau can be viewed, stretching out to the south.

  • Live pilot commentary on board
  • Reserved seating aboard the Nature Cruise of Milford Sound
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Cruise Milford

  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Departure Point

3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
We provide a pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, for an additional cost, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Jeanette F

24 Jan, 2023

What a incredible day . My uncle and I took a half day trip via plane and boat and where flown by captain Antony sproull who explained and shared his abundant knowledge about the magnificent glaciers and surrounding areas. A memorable day indeeed !!thank you .. Jeanette and joe


24 Jan, 2023

Fantastic trip to Milford Sound. Smooth flight with wonderful views coupled with great boat trip through a majestic fjord. Doesn’t get any better!


23 Jan, 2023

This is probably the BEST holiday activity we have ever done! Flying conditions were perfect and we had AMAZING views all the way to and from Milford Sound, as well as the two hour cruise down the fjord. We even had a pod of dolphins leaping around us. Professional and informative service from Oz. It was just sensational. We we blown away by this trip.


22 Jan, 2023

Best experience in Queenstown area saves a 7 hour drive .. brilliant views great day all round nit to be missed


17 Jan, 2023

What a wonderful experience! Alex was our pilot and did a fabulous job getting us there and back, with great commentary along the way. This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Queenstown!

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