Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: New Zealand, OTA, 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.


  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Air Milford, 1 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, Queenstown New Zealand

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

Pass By: Skippers Canyon, Skippers Rd, 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, Queenstown 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 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 Hwy, 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

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: 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: Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park 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.

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.

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 Ln, 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

  • 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
  • Snacks - On the 9.30am departure a small morning snack is provided, on the 11.30am departure, lunch is provided and on the 1.30pm departure a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink is provided.
  • Entry/Admission - Cruise Milford

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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
Departure Point

Queenstown, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide our complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, 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 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 19 Apr 2019 -


The flight over to Milford sound was amazing and the pilot was very knowledgeable of the mountains and glaciers.

Image - 04 Apr 2018 -

Tony G

Incredible views and interesting commentary from Pilot

Image - 04 Apr 2018 -

Brendan Q

I literally teared up on the flight to Milford Sound - you get to see so much amazing beauty from a wonderful perspective. The cruise part was great too - they take moments to stop by a couple key photo-op spots to make sure you have a chance to get the picture you want.

Highly recommend!

Image - 28 Dec 2017 -


A must not miss experience...Fantabulous and we enjoyed every bit of it! The Aerial view of the mountains and glaciers followed by the views from the cruise completed the experience of viewing Milford Sound from all angles...The Lunch buffet was excellent and the staff were very courteous. The logistics were excellently coordinated between the flight and the cruise.

Image - 29 Nov 2017 -


Possibly my favorite experience in New Zealand. Milford Sound is absolutely breathtaking and taking the flight there and back means you have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy Queenstown.

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