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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

Highlights
  • 4.5-hour Milford Sound tour from Queenstown
  • Travel by sightseeing plane and catamaran
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
From USD 363.31
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01.30pm Summer DepartureMost Popular
Includes complimentary beer, wine or soft drink aboard the Nature Cruise
USD 383.69
9.30 Winter Departure
Includes morning tea aboard the Nature Cruise of Milford Sound. Departing in Winter.
USD 363.31
11.30am Summer Departure
Includes a buffet lunch aboard the Nature Cruise of Milford Sound. Departing in Summer.
USD 406.78
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Overview
See the sheer cliffs of Milford Sound from the air and water on a 4.5-hour tour from Queenstown by sightseeing plane and catamaran. Fly over Fjordland National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Centre landscape, then touch down at Milford Sound for a cruise with lunch and drinks served on board. This 4.5-hour tour is perfect for photography and wildlife watching, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Queenstown hotels is included.
What to Expect
Start with 12pm pickup at your centrally-located accommodations in Queenstown, then head to the airport for a scenic flight to Milford Sound. The pilot will point out key landmarks and topographical features on the way to the coast, where you’ll land at the head of the glacially-carved fjord.

Board a catamaran boat for a cruise on Milford Sound: with room for 150 passengers, the catamaran is smaller than many Milford Sound boats, so you can get closer to the cliff walls and waterfalls, including the spectacular Stirling Falls. Wilderness guides will be available during the cruise, and you’re welcome to head to the bridge of the boat to meet the skipper and get a captain’s view of the dramatic fjord. Keep your eyes on the water throughout the tour, as it’s common to see fur seals, dolphins, and many kinds of birds along the way, and the rare, Fjordland crested penguin can be spotted in spring and autumn. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be served during the cruise.

Following the Milford Sound cruise, meet the pilot for the return flight to Queenstown, with spectacular views of the landscape in the constantly changing mid-afternoon light. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Queenstown hotel.
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1 - 5 of 24 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Absolutely amazing

Would fly with Air Milford deffenitly, Amazing service and staff, Jimmy our pilot was very knowledgeable of the national park and the history of the area, he will tell you the names of the mountains you pass on the way to Milford, how high they...More

1  Thank Edward D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highly Recommended

We had a fantastic morning flying Queenstown to Milford Sound return with Milford Air; including a nature cruise. Views from the flight/cruise were absolutely stunning and certainly a highlight of our stay in QT. Staff were professional, informative and friendly. Only feedback/suggestion would be to...More

Thank Jaw15
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Outstanding!!

Great company and good planes with experienced staff. Well worth the investment and was a highlight of our Queenstown stay.More

Thank r0gerl101
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there r0gerl101, Thank you for reviewing your excursion with Air Milford, I'm so glad you got to go flying and it's lovely to hear that you found the experience outstanding! 😁 It was our pleasure to host you during your trip to Queenstown, I...More

Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile
What an amazing experience! Best day in New Zealand!

I was planning to drive to Milford Sound and do an overnight stay at the lodge there. But since I was driving a lot the previous days exploring New Zealand, I wasn’t feeling I was fit to drive another 4-4,5 hours to get there only...More

1  Thank katerina_o
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Hello katerina_o, Thank you for the wonderful review and five stars, 🌟 it was our pleasure to take you flying and showcase the best of our region! Self driving around NZ is a great way to get around BUT the drive into Milford is a...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile
Wicked way to spend my birthday!

Made to feel really special - I got to ride shotgun with pilot Alex, over some truly remarkable terrain. Made some lifelong memories and can only rave about the experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️More

Thank Q9178YYrachelw
Airmilford, Guest Services at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Hi Q9178YYrachelw. Thank you for your rave review on Trip Advisor. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly to Milford Sound. This is certainly a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday and something to tick off the bucket list! Riding shot...More

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