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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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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.
  • Milford Sound flight and cruise combo tour
  • 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.
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Important Information
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
  • 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
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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If you are lucky enough like we were to have good weather, I cannot imagine a more stunning way to experience Milford Sound. Instead of a 5 hour drive each way, you have a 40-minute flight and a 5 hour trip time total, leaving plenty of time to explore Queenstown before and
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We had an unbelievable experience on a flight and cruise to Milford from Queenstown a few months ago (Sep. 2019). This was on our second day in NZ, after flying in from the US. On the way to the airport, our rental car got a flat tire. While we were super worried about missing
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Amazing flight, amazing plane, excellent pilot and excellent company! Everything was perfect. Only 4 hours against the 12 hours by bus. I totally recommend this option, the flight and the views are amazing. 100% worth it!
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Anaclara89, Thank you for you review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are really pleased that you enjoyed an amazing flight with us to Milford Sound recently. We wholeheartedly agree that our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trips are not only an efficient way of visiting the region, but also that viewing Fiordland from above, is more a spectacular than from the road. We are glad to hear that you loved flying in one of our state-of-the-art Cessna Caravans. We invest heavily in the most modern equipment and our CEO Hank is not only a pilot, but an aircraft engineer and he likes to maintain his fleet to the highest standards. On behalf of the whole team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future travels, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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We were going to bus/cruise/bus from Queenstown from/to Milford Sound but our Kiwi friend highly recommended flying. We are sooooo happy that we flew. It was an epic incredible experience. We had very good weather in Queenstown for our 9:30 am flight but they cautioned us
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Maddonica, Thank you for sharing your kind and comprehensive review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased to receive your feedback and hear that you had an 'epic day' on your recent Milford Sound Fly/Cruise Milford/Fly excursion. We are very careful selecting the cruise providers we link with and are so happy to hear that your thoroughly enjoyed this element of the excursion - how incredibly fortunate to see penguins at this time of year! For future guest's benefit, on our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion, we link with two cruise providers who provide an excellent service, they are the Southern Nature Cruise, on our 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm trips and Cruise Milford on our 9.30am trip. Both operate small and boutique vessels, travel the same route through the fiord, over the same duration and have full commentaries on the fiord’s wildlife, geology and history. The main difference is, the Southern Discoveries boat has a capacity of 150 passengers and has the option of purchasing snacks on-board, whereas the Cruise Milford boat has a capacity of 75 passengers and does not have the option of purchasing food. If you have a preference to one boat or another, please be sure to let us know when you book. On behalf of your pilot and the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with Air Milford and for your high recommendation to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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I had such an amazing day with Air Milford. Professional staff with huge experience. They pick you the right day and know your expectations and you definitely see them doing their job with love and care. That was WOW, that was the most beautiful activity I've ever done.
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Zagipas2019, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear that you had the best day with us recently, "the most beautiful activity you have very done" is such a high accolade, we are completely blown away with your kind praise of the excursion! We are so fortunate to be able to host our guests in such a stunning region, Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the 8th wonder of the world, and now you know why. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for the rest of your New Zealand adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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