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

Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
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About
Doubtful Sound flights with Air Milford take you to a more remote area of the South Island’s rugged West Coast. Feel humbled, yet uplifted by the atmosphere of powerful solitude in the presence of superb physical grandeur of New Zealand’s remote Doubtful Sound. Sometimes called “the Sound of Silence” there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that is a contrast with its near neighbor, Milford Sound.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • 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
What to expect
  • Start the day with 9am pickup at your accommodations in Queenstown, then make your way to the airport for the first 35-minute flight of the day, across a remarkable landscape of glacier-carved fjords and lakes. Touch down by Lake Manapouri, part of Fjordland National Park, and cross the scenic lake on a 1-hour ferry ride with views of mountains that come right to the water's edge. Transfer to a coach for the 1-hour trip across Wilmot Pass, which divides Doubtful Sound from Lake Manapouri. Upon arrival at Doubtful Sound, board a boat for a 3-hour wilderness cruise through the stunning fjord, and watch for the fur seals and penguins that can often be spotted on the fjord’s many islets. You'll see waterfalls streaming from high cliffs, and a crowd-free, untouched landscape that's been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A picnic lunch, tea, and coffee will be served aboard the cruise. When you return to shore, begin the return trip to Queenstown by coach, boat, and airplane. The landscape of Fjordland National Park changes with the passing light, so you’ll see Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri transformed as you travel through the afternoon. After touching back down at the Queenstown airport, meet a driver for drop-off at your hotel, where this 9-hour tour concludes.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • 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.
What to expect
  • Start the day with 9am pickup at your accommodations in Queenstown, then make your way to the airport for the first 35-minute flight of the day, across a remarkable landscape of glacier-carved fjords and lakes. Touch down by Lake Manapouri, part of Fjordland National Park, and cross the scenic lake on a 1-hour ferry ride with views of mountains that come right to the water's edge. Transfer to a coach for the 1-hour trip across Wilmot Pass, which divides Doubtful Sound from Lake Manapouri. Upon arrival at Doubtful Sound, board a boat for a 3-hour wilderness cruise through the stunning fjord, and watch for the fur seals and penguins that can often be spotted on the fjord’s many islets. You'll see waterfalls streaming from high cliffs, and a crowd-free, untouched landscape that's been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A picnic lunch, tea, and coffee will be served aboard the cruise. When you return to shore, begin the return trip to Queenstown by coach, boat, and airplane. The landscape of Fjordland National Park changes with the passing light, so you’ll see Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri transformed as you travel through the afternoon. After touching back down at the Queenstown airport, meet a driver for drop-off at your hotel, where this 9-hour tour concludes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38244P9
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live Air Milford pilot commentary on board
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee aboard Cruise
  • Picnic Lunch aboard the Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Manapouri
  • Entry/Admission - Doubtful Sound
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller 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.
  • Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island Please provide us with your accommodation details and we will advise accordingly.
  • 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 favourable 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 - 1years 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
  • 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 100 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live Air Milford pilot commentary on board
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee aboard Cruise
  • Picnic Lunch aboard the Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Manapouri
  • Entry/Admission - Doubtful Sound
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Traveller 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.
  • Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island Please provide us with your accommodation details and we will advise accordingly.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Subject to favourable 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 - 1years 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
  • 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 100 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Queenstown
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Wakatipu
    Lake Te Anau
    Te Anau-Manapouri Airport
  • 2
    Doubtful Sound
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Te Anau-Manapouri Airport
    Air Milford
  • You'll return to the starting point
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249hughk
Nelson, New Zealand8 contributions
Magical spectacular and a day in a lifetime
Nov. 2021
Professional business. We were a group of 2 couples and took Doubtful Sound tour. Weather was marginal with low cloud but coy rep kept us fully informed on weather and plan. Picked up from Crowne Plaza Queenstown by a very professional company rep and we were then briefed on the day and weather.
The plane was a 4 passenger Cessna which while small was compensated by its ability to sneak between the mountain ranges and weather pattern. we took a longer route than normal and the scenery and view was stunning.
The pilot Tom kept us appraised of all points of interest.
Landed at TeAnau Manapouri air strip The took Catamaran across lake again magic and bus over Wilmington pass, another engineering wonder with spectacular views. The 3 hour boat trip in the Sound and out to the heads and views were amazing
Return to base 6pm. a fantastic tour by a fantastic company. Recommend fly Air Milford.
Written 23 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jub
Queenstown, New Zealand69 contributions
12/10 would do again.
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Was not expecting to be so enchanted by this. Tom and the team are smooth operators from start to finish. I liked how the flight briefing gave us an idea of our flight path before we took off to see it in real life. You get so close to the mountains, I wanted to jump out the plane and explore all the incredible spots we were looking at.
Written 15 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Jub, Thank you for sharing you 12/10 review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are thrilled that you had such an enchanting experience flying over the stunning peaks of the Southern Alps. I am sure your local knowledge of the region was brought to life in a whole new way as you saw all your favorite running and hiking routes from a completely different perspective in the comfort of our Cessna Caravan! It is excellent to receive such positive feedback about your experience with our friendly team and how Tom's informative briefing and in-flight commentary were able to enhance your enjoyment of the experience. I hope that some of the majestic spots you saw from the plane are able to play a part in your future adventures throughout the region! On behalf of your pilot, Tom, and the entire Air Milford team, it has been a pleasure to host you, and we hope to fly with you again in the future! All the best, Sara
Written 27 October 2021
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Manik T
2 contributions
Exceptional Experience .....
Jan. 2021 • Family
Only 3 words for Antony. Genious, marvellous and intelligent. We enjoyed travelling with Air Milford very smoothly and they show us what we don’t even think off though. I salute to the Milford Air family. Perfect family business and all are dedicated towards it.
Written 15 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Manik T, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. From our family to yours, it was our pleasure to host you, we are so proud to receive your kind feedback and know you had an exceptional time visiting Milford Sound with us. Antony is a wonderful pilot and knowledgeable guide and he loves sharing his local knowledge with his guests aboard and it is awesome to know that he blew you away with his friendly nature! On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for your 5 star endorsement to future travelers and all the best for your next adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written 17 January 2021
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Darren L
2 contributions
Amazing
Dec. 2020 • Couples
The best scenic fly I ever have in NZ, what an amazing view, it was spectacular. We can’t wait to fly again in coming winter
Written 22 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Darren, Thank you for sharing your review and photo of your experience with Air Milford. We are so pleased that you had an amazing time flying with us to Milford Sound and that it was 'the best scenic flight' you have ever done. The photo of you both at the Milford airport beside your plane is lovely - the towering mountains all around look spectacular! It will be our pleasure to take you flying again on your return, I personally love flying to Milford Sound in the winter, the snow on the hills make the landscapes we fly over look even more stunning. On behalf of the team here at Air Milford, thank you for your kind feedback, we can't wait to host you again on your return. Sincerely, Mary. Guest services, Air Milford.
Written 25 December 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

aannison
Brandon, MS12 contributions
Beautiful day
Nov. 2019 • Family
We booked the doubtful sound fly, cruise, fly tour from Queenstown. It was a fantastic experience. From the minute we left to the minute we got back we had the best experience! I have two sons and they though flying to Manapouri and back was amazing. Everything was arranged with lunch, tickets so get on the boat, etc. we saw penguins and seals on the Doubtful sound tour which was a great unexpected addition to the trip. We decided to book doubtful sound because it is a little more remote and less touristy and we loved every minute of it. It was a little bumpy leaving queenstown but Antony did a great job flying us and we knew to expect a few bumps on the flight. I would definitely book this trip again!
Written 24 November 2019
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Dear Amanda, Thank you for your review, which was extremely punctual considering you are still on holiday. It was my pleasure to be your pilot on Sunday, and the icing on the cake to receive this lovely feedback. Doubtful Sound is still the 'secret fiord' in comparison to Milford Sound, so it's really nice to have feedback on this excursion to give readers this perspective. Doubtful Sound is well known for an array of wildlife, and I'm so pleased you got to experience this especially the native Fiordland Crested Penguin. Unfortunately our spring weather has been extreme, if not strong winds... it's been heavy rain. You experienced the former, but thankfully the Cessna Caravan's we fly handle the turbulence valiantly. It also puts our mountain flying skills to the test and our pilots do like to put their experience into action, with the intention of making the ride as comfortable as possible. A definite highlight for me was the opportunity for your son, James, to sit co-pilot on the ride home to celebrate his 9th birthday. I look forward to sharing a photo of him at the controls with all of our social media friends, and who knows, it may be the catalyst for his pilots licence in the not too distant future! On behalf of all the Air Milford team, thanks again for booking & flying with us. We hope to see you again sometime once the kids are grown up. Sincerely, Antony Sproull Chief Pilot
Written 25 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jemma G
5 contributions
Best scenery ever!
Aug. 2018 • Friends
We had an amazing day with Air Milford. Best scenery ever from the flight, and such a relaxing cruise with beautiful mountains, waterfalls and wildlife
Written 27 August 2018
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Kia Ora Jemma G, Thank you for your review of your Doubtful Sound Fly / Cruise / Fly excursion, it is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your flights and cruise and had the best day ever! 🙌 🎉 🎈 😁 It was our pleasure to host you and showcase the best that our region has to offer. Safe travels, Jen
Written 29 August 2018
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paulcF70ZI
Ipswich, Australia2 contributions
Spectacular Day
Jun. 2018 • Couples
A beautiful fine day with fantastic scenery. The flight to MIlford Sound was spectacular, and the cruise was awesome.
Written 14 June 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi paulF70ZI. Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. With a beautiful day with fantastic scenery we can certainly understand in this being a spectacular day. With the flights to and from Milford Sound our pilots like to take you a different way so that you can see the most of the Fiordland National Park, the fantastic scenery we have in this part of New Zealand is so beautiful you would want to see more. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown. Thank you for flying with us. Kind Regards Eden
Written 18 June 2018
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ruthmargaret2018
Wool, UK3 contributions
Fabulous trip to Doubtful Sound with Air Milford - don’t miss it!
Jan. 2018 • Couples
Doubtful Sound is stunningly beautiful, unspoilt and tranquil - if you have any chance of visiting, go for it! This excellent trip, through Air Milford, was the best way possible to enjoy the sound and the surrounding area.
The team at Air Milford are all passionate about what they do and everything about the day was of an excellent standard. We really valued the friendly, personal touch - so much better than booking with an impersonal large tour operator.
The views on the flight from Queenstown to Te Anua were stunning and our pilot, Anthony, was so interesting and informative. The lake ferry trip was lovely and the cruise in Doubtful Sound was simply wonderful. Even the brief coach transfer was fab with a great driver/guide.
All in all, this is a day not to be missed! I’m sure that other Air Milford trips would be equally well organised and run - I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Written 24 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Ruthmargaret2018, Thank you for taking the time to review your Doubtful Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly excursion with Air Milford. It was our pleasure to host you recently and it is wonderful to receive your glowing feedback on the excursion. Doubtful Sound is a magical destination and the fact that it is harder to reach, creates a limitation to the number of people who go there and makes for an incredible journey too! The day begins with a 35mins scenic flight from Queenstown to Manapouri, followed by a ferry across lake Manapouri, the Wilmott pass is then negotiated by a short coach ride before arriving into the fiord itself to begin the 3hr cruise. Doubtful Sound is sometimes referred to as the "sound of silence" when compared to the more dramatic Milford Sound, Doubtful is more subdued. The rounded hills put up a greater resistance to glaciation so are not as dramatically carved, into the abrupt cliff faces that appear in Milford, but the scenery is still awe inspiring. Your pilot Antony sends his regards and thanks you for your kind words. He is indeed a passionate aviator and guide and we are really pleased to hear that his enthusiasm for Fiordland was infectious😄. As a family owned and operated company, it is our aim to remain as a small to medium sized company, providing a personalised service to our guests, it fills us with confidence to hear that this approach was noted and appreciated. On behalf of the whole team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to travel with us and for your high recommendation to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services.
Written 2 March 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Surreal experience!
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