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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown provided by Air Milford

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
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Tour snapshot
Milford Sound flight and cruise combo tour
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
12
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    12
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
See Milford Sound’s soaring cliffs and waterfalls on a spectacular trip that explores Fiordland National Park by air and water. Combining a sightseeing flight and cruise—with included transportation from your hotel—is a great way to take in the vast scale of the region's alpine lakes, fjords, and glaciers. After touching down in Milford Sound, cruise the entire length in a boat for spotting wildlife and snapping photos.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Fly over Fiordland National Park to see remote landscapes
  • Multiple departure times to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at Queenstown hotels
What to expect
  • Meet a driver at your centrally located Queenstown accommodations for transfer to the airport, where you’ll start with a preflight briefing on the scenic highlights of the route, including Skippers Canyon, the Paradise region, and Donne Glacier. Enjoy spectacular views of the rugged southern terrain and then fly over Milford Sound itself before landing at the head of the fjord. Board a cruise boat for a trip down the length of Milford Sound, with reserved seating, hot drinks, and open-air decks that give up-close views of the fjord’s dramatic waterfalls and wildlife. Following the cruise, lift off for the return flight to Queenstown, taking a different route to see even more of the landscape, including towering Sutherland Falls. A driver will greet you at the airport for return transfer to you accommodations.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Fly over Fiordland National Park to see remote landscapes
  • Multiple departure times to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at Queenstown hotels
What to expect
  • Meet a driver at your centrally located Queenstown accommodations for transfer to the airport, where you’ll start with a preflight briefing on the scenic highlights of the route, including Skippers Canyon, the Paradise region, and Donne Glacier. Enjoy spectacular views of the rugged southern terrain and then fly over Milford Sound itself before landing at the head of the fjord. Board a cruise boat for a trip down the length of Milford Sound, with reserved seating, hot drinks, and open-air decks that give up-close views of the fjord’s dramatic waterfalls and wildlife. Following the cruise, lift off for the return flight to Queenstown, taking a different route to see even more of the landscape, including towering Sutherland Falls. A driver will greet you at the airport for return transfer to you accommodations.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38244P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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 - Milford Sound
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller 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.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Air Milford have free parking out site their base.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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 - Milford Sound
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveller 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.
  • 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Air Milford have free parking out site their base.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    3 Tex Smith Lane
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Coronet Peak
    Skippers Canyon
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Routeburn Track
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound Airport
    Milford Sound Airport
  • 2
    Cruise Milford
    Stop: 105 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Sutherland Falls
  • 3
    Bowen Falls
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Lake Wakatipu
    Walter Peak Station Wharf
  • 4
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Te Anau
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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Danik S
6 contributions
Jan. 2022
This was definitely one of the best activities we've ever done as a family. The flight was incredible - breathtaking scenery from the comfort of a fantastic aircraft along with outstanding service both in the air and on the ground. Our pilot Antony was awesome at explaining all the details of the areas we flew over. It's a stunning part of the world and this is definitely the best way to experience it.

If you're reading these reviews like I did before we booked to decide if this trip is right for you - my advice is just do it. This was a huge highlight during our holiday in the Queenstown area, a fantastic experience from start to finish.

The cruise through Milford Sound is excellent too. The combination of flying in and out with the cruise in the middle is awesome.

The service and attention to detail from Milford Air really took this whole experience to the next level. From hotel pickup to check-in to flying over beautiful wilderness we really felt looked after and so did the other people flying with us. They're really committed to making sure everyone has a fantastic experience.

If I had to pick a highlight it would be the flights in and out of Milford Sound. Just amazing.
Written 24 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ryan
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Jan. 2022
absolutely amazing way to see the southern alps, sounds and lake wakatipu. Service and communications were superb, we were in Queenstown for a couple of days and the Air Milford team were great at shuffling our day so we got the best weather possible. a long bus ride was only going to put my kids to sleep but the flight had them looking at the beautiful scenery and landscapes from take off to landing.
Written 17 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Traveller, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We could not be happier to know that you enjoyed your trip over the Southern Alps, Milford Sound, and Lake Wakatipu. Weather in this region can certainly complicate things at times, but we are thrilled that we were able to work with your family to find you the best weather window! The scenic flight is an especially great and enjoyable option for families with children who may or may not be able to sit through the long bus ride, and it is pretty wild to think that a 5-hour bus ride can be accomplished in a 35-minute scenic flight! On behalf of the entire Air Milford team, we thank your for endorsing us to future travellers and wish you all the best on your next adventure. Sincerely, Sara
Written 23 January 2022
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Robert H
Palmerston North, New Zealand3 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Amazing trip and well worth the $. The planes are modern and clean and the above-wing set up gives everyone a great view. Our pilot Anthony was great at pointing out areas of interest and always made us feel safe. Air Milford is a local company and that made our choice better.
Written 28 December 2021
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Hi Robert, Thank you for sharing your five-star review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. As a small family-owned-and-operated business, we take great pride in providing our guests with the highest level of customer service and experiences, so it is great to receive your feedback and know that we have succeeded in doing just that. Your pilot, Antony, is actually a born-and-raised local, so I am happy to hear that his deep passion for the area combined with his extensive experience flying in this region enhanced your overall experience! On behalf of Antony and the entire Air Milford team, we thank you for endorsing Air Milford to future travellers and wish you all the best on your future adventures. Sincerely, Sara
Written 14 January 2022
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Sophie S
1 contribution
Nov. 2021
We were absolutely blown away with the Milford.What we learnt from our Pilot while flying in on Milford Air was fantastic-from safety and reassuring us along with the history and points of interest while flying over and into the Milford was fun and beautiful.
Flying in was so much more enticing than catching a bus and spending hours on the road.
Will be highly recommending to others and taking the family next time we are down there.
Written 29 November 2021
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Hi Sophie, Thank you for leaving your 5-star review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are happy to hear that you had such a fantastic Milford Sound excursion! We may be biased, but we have to agree that the flight in is better than the drive :) We at Air Milford value our 100% safety rating, so it is excellent to know that your experienced pilot made you feel very safe and comfortable while enhancing your experience with his extensive knowledge of the region. On behalf of all of us at Air Milford, we thank you for recommending us to future travellers, and we look forward to flying with your family next time you are in the area! Sincerely, Sara
Written 20 December 2021
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Paul J
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
Nov. 2021
Excellent service, the flight arrangement and check in were brilliant, and the pilot very chatty and friendly. Fantastic views over Glenorchy and all the way to Milford! The cruise was superb, we saw dolphins and fur seals, and an amazing flight back over Walter Peak station. Highly recommend!
Written 29 November 2021
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Hi Paul, Thank you for reviewing your Air Milford experience to the TripAdvisor community. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing morning with our friendly team flying into the Fiordland Region! It is pretty magical that you were able to share Milford Sound with dolphins and seals on your Nature Cruise :) Who knows, maybe next time you will pack the wetsuit and go for a swim yourself! Your pilot, Tomo, is an asset to our team and an absolute wealth of information when it comes to aviation and exploration of this beautiful region. Hopefully the views over the Southern Alps combined with his extensive knowledge of the area gave you some ideas of new trails to explore as a local here in Queenstown! On behalf of the Air Milford team, I thank you and Eleanor for flying with us, and we hope to host you again in the future. All the best, Sara
Written 18 December 2021
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Elaine R
1 contribution
Nov. 2021
We've taken this trip twice and arranged for several of our visitors to make the trip. The staff are always warm, professional and so, so helpful to us and our guests. We've found the staff to be warm and friendly. The pilots' experience is evident, knowledge of the fiord lands is excellent, and their attention to safety is stellar. The trip is stunning and made more interesting by the pilots' pointing out geologic features and landmarks. This is a great way to appreciate the Southern Alps and fiords.
Written 19 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to review your Air Milford experience to the TripAdvisor community. Smiles are on the faces of our entire staff as we read these kind words about your Air Milford experiences! Our small team strives each and every day to provide guests with personalized care and unforgettable experiences while always keeping safety as our number one priority. Several of our pilots grew up in the Otago Region and have flown in the area for many years, so they absolutely love to share their extensive knowledge with guests as they expertly maneuver the Cessna Caravans over the Southern Alps! It is excellent to receive your feedback and know that you enjoyed your experience so thoroughly that you came back for more and have recommended our flights to others. On behalf of the Air Milford team, we thank you for flying with us, and we hope to host you again in the future! Sincerely, Sara
Written 18 December 2021
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Bayley T
1 contribution
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Absolutely surreal experience. Pilot was great at showing/explaining all the amazing places on the way to Milford, 15 min walk from the airport to the boat was awesome, and the cruise was once in a lifetime. Flying still also allows you to have some time in your day compared to driving to Milford. Would 100% recommend this trip!
Written 18 November 2021
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Hi Bayley, Thanks for sharing your 5-star review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are so happy to hear that you had an absolutely surreal experience both flying over the Southern Alps and enjoying Milford Sound aboard the Southern Discoveries nature cruise! We have to agree that it is an incredibly special place that everyone should take the opportunity to explore at least once in a lifetime. Our experienced local pilots love sharing their extensive knowledge with passengers while flying over the spectacular mountaintops, so they will be thrilled to hear that they have helped to create some unforgettable memories for you. On behalf of the Air Milford team, we thank you for your 100% recommendation to future travelers and hope to host you again someday! Sincerely, Sara Guest Relations
Written 4 December 2021
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Chris R
2 contributions
The perfect way to see the stunningly beautiful Fiordland National Park and access Milford Sound. It felt like we could reach out and touch the mountain tops. It was magic!
Written 16 November 2021
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Hi Chris, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to hear that you had a magical day exploring the beauty of Fiordland National Park! The pilots certainly love showing off our stunning backyard as they expertly navigate to give you the best views over the Southern Alps and into Milford Sound. I agree that it truly feels like the peaks are within reach! On behalf of all of us at Air Milford, we thank you for flying with us and wish you all the best on your next adventure. Sincerely, Sara Guest Services
Written 4 December 2021
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SeppoChris
Queenstown, New Zealand7 contributions
Great family business and professionally run. Smooth flight to/from Milford Sound. Cruise was nice and relaxing. Saw penguins and seals on a smooth day on the water.
Written 7 November 2021
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Hi Chris, Thank you for taking the time to leave your 5-star review of Air Milford for the TripAdvisor community. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience and were able to see penguins and seals on your Nature Cruise in Milford Sound! I think between running the Milford Track, cruising along the stunning fiord, and flying out over the Southern Alps, you have probably had the most complete experience one can have in the region! As a small family-owned-and-operated business, we work hard to provide every guest with a professional and personalised experience, so it is excellent to receive such positive feedback and know you had a great time. On behalf of all of us here at Air Milford, we thank you for flying with us and wish you all the best on your next adventure! Sincerely, Sara Guest Services
Written 8 November 2021
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J742DKanthonyt
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
We opted for the Fly, Cruise, Fly flight into Milford sound. What an amazing experience from start to finish. Communication was excellent from booking, through to status updates in the days, and morning leading up to the flight. Checked in By Sara, and safety briefing by the pilot, Antony really had us at ease. This team really know their stuff!. Stunning scenery and in flight commentary conducted in a very safe and friendly manner. We will definitely be booking again.
Written 17 October 2021
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Dear Anthony, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on Trip Advisor. It is awesome to receive your feedback and know that you had such an amazing experience with us on your Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip! We as a team strive to provide the highest level of safety, service, and enjoyment to all of our guests, so we take great pride in knowing that the entire process was so smooth and enjoyable from start to finish. It is excellent to hear that Antony's vast local knowledge as a born-and-raised Queenstown local and his extensive experience as a pilot left you feeling at ease to relax and enjoy the enchanting views throughout the flight. Antony certainly enjoyed having a fellow pilot on board! On behalf of myself, Antony, and the entire Air Milford team, we thank you for endorsing Air Milford to the TripAdvisor community, and we look forward to flying with you again! Sincerely, Sara Guest Relations
Written 30 October 2021
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The most amazing day
We had the most amazing day with Air Milford. They picked us up from Queenstown and promptly checked us in. The fli
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Amazing
Such a stunning day to fly to Milford Sound, all staff were very professional and happy to help, Tommo our pilot wa
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Incredible experience! It's a must do!
The whole experience was just amazing. It was a belated Birthday present for my partner and he was over the moon t
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Scott Family
Antony was great as a pilot, talked us through everything and made sure the kids were looked after. Great sights an
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Epic day ride Mountain to lake
Wonderful experience being able to fly in with our bikes and ride down to Walter Peak station. Favourite part was t
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Panoramic views of Fiordland's mountains, coastline, Tasman sea and surrounding lakes!
What a BELTER of an experience - the flight exceeded all my expectations! Greeted at the airfield with a warm, frie
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Still smiling several days later
Flew with Air Milford on Sunday 12 Dec from Invercargill over Fiordland etc to raise money for the Invercargill Cha
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Fiordland Magic
I went on the scenic flight from Invercargill over Fiordland and back to Invercargill. Thankyou Tommo for a fantast
Zfoy
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Flight + Bike - A must do!
Unbelievable experience! What an amazing day out! We were some of the first to try out a new Flight + Bike package.
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Exceptional
An amazing flight, breathtaking views and wonderful service from Anthony and the Air Milford team. Would highly rec
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Magical spectacular and a day in a lifetime
Professional business. We were a group of 2 couples and took Doubtful Sound tour. Weather was marginal with low clo
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Incredible experience
Absolutely incredible experience. This was the most beautiful flight I’ve ever been on and the service was exceptio
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Epic adventure
Epic adventure. The whole entire experience was incredible. Hank the pilot was very informative and experienced. Vi
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Wow!
Amazing, incredible day. Milford Sound is breathtaking and should be on everyone's bucket list. To fly there with s
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12/10 would do again.
Was not expecting to be so enchanted by this. Tom and the team are smooth operators from start to finish. I liked h
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