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

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
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from R 4 787,84 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
About
This easy half-day tour of Milford Sound allows you to see and experience the best of Fiordland in a short time. With convenient round-trip transfers from Queenstown, even travelers on a tight itinerary can do a lot. Enjoy a sightseeing flight over the glacial fiords, and then get a close-up view on a catamaran cruise. The sound is beautiful in any weather, and you may even spot dolphins, penguins, and seals.
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
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
An ideal tour for photography and nature enthusiasts
Learn about the area from live commentary
Transfers from central Queenstown hotels are included
Get the best views with reserved seating on board the cruise
What to expect
Start with pickup at your centrally-located accommodations in Queenstown, then head to the airport for a scenic flight to Milford Sound. The pilot points out key landmarks and topographical features on the way to the coast, where you 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 are 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 (midday departure only), coffee, tea, soda, beer, and wine are 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 light. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Queenstown hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38244P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Live pilot commentary on board • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels) • Coffee and/or Tea • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
Lunch
Duration
4h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We provide a 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.
3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Air Milford have free parking out the front of our base.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Live pilot commentary on board • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels) • Coffee and/or Tea • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
Lunch
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We provide a 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.
3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Air Milford have free parking out the front of our 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 150 travellers
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
  • 2
    Milford Sound
    See details
  • 3
    Milford Sound Airport
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Bowen Falls
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Milford Sound Airport
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Sutherland Falls
  • 6
    Cruise Milford
    Stop: 105 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Lake Wakatipu
    Walter Peak Station Wharf
  • 7
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Te Anau
  • You'll end at
    3 Tex Smith Lane
    3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Air Milford have free parking out the front of our base.
    See address & details
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graham108
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Best scenic trip ever
Apr 2021
The whole experience was just amazing. The views from the flight were spectacular, and an incredible way to see this part of NZ. I was initially a little nervous about the flight but I felt very safe. The cruise too was stunning.
Highest recommendations !!
Written 2 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Graham Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We pride ourselves in having some of the best and experienced pilots, next to delivering exceptional customer service, safety is always our number one priority. We love to hear that you had an amazing time and that the spectacular views were worth conquering those nerves. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us, we cannot wait to host you again in the future. Sincerely, Kris Guest Services
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EJ M
1 contribution
Was the highlight of our holiday
Apr 2021
All of it, the scenic flight was great, a blue sky day in Milford, and a calm boat trip made for a unforgettable day
Written 21 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi EJ Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor and posting your stunning photos. It is always amazing to get feedback from our guests and we couldn't be happier to hear that we were the highlight of your holiday and you had an unforgettable day on our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us, we can't wait to host you again in the future. Sincerely, Kris
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Diane and Jacqui
1 contribution
A wonderful day
Apr 2021
What a fabulous trip my friend and I enjoyed today with Milford Air from the pick up to the drop off at our Hotel. The spectacular views on the flight and the scenic boat trip were combined with care and kindness from pilot and crew to us no longer youthful travellers. Thanks guys.
Written 14 April 2021
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Hi Diane and Jacqui Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful day with us on our Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion and that the care of your pilot and the rest of the team helped contribute to your overall experience. On behalf of the team at Air Milford, we will be thrilled to have you again and wish you all the best. Sincerely, Kris
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Dahlia W
Puhoi, New Zealand22 contributions
Stunning Trip
Trip of a lifetime, the views from the plane were like nothing we'd ever seen before & added to the cruise at Milford Sound the whole thing was spectacular. Felt very safe in the pilot's capable hands (i'm not the biggest fan of flying). Absolutely worth every dollar.
Written 12 April 2021
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Hi Dahlia Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. Congratulations on conquering your fear, we are thrilled to hear that we were part of such a once in a lifetime experience for you. We are happy to hear you had a great experience being flown by our team. It is always our aim to exceed our guests expectations and it's wonderful to know that on this occasion, we were successful. On behalf of the whole team at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Kris
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Tony G
1 contribution
Fabulous Milford Experience
Mar 2021
Excellent friendly service by Air Milford. Communication was great and trip in and out of Milford Sound was a fantastic experience. Very friendly staff who were always helpful. Would certainly recommend them to others.
Written 24 March 2021
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Dear Tony, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are very proud to receive your 5 star feedback, on your recent Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion. Milford Sound is such a awe-inspiring destination and it fills us with joy to know that our friendly and helpful team made the experience all the more fabulous and memorable! On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with Air Milford and all the best for your future travels. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Richard N
3 contributions
Amazing flight up valleys and beside snow covered peaks
Mar 2021 • Couples
Amazing flight up valleys and beside snow covered peaks to Milford Sound. Nice cruise up Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea and back.
Written 14 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Richard N, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It is awesome to receive your feedback and know that you had an amazing time flying to Milford Sound with us on your Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip. We are proud to be able to host our guests on these excursions and show off the absolutely jaw-dropping scenery from the comfort of our state-of-the-art Cessna Caravans. I love the photo you have shared taken from the plane looking at Mount Tutoko (2,723 meters), it looks like you could just reach out and touch the snowy peak! On behalf of the whole team at air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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sarahu1981
Wellington, New Zealand509 contributions
Breathtaking scenery
I recently took the Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly trip from Queenstown. Alex was the pilot and was knowledgeable and friendly.
I got to sit up front on the way there which was a lot of fun. The scenery was breathtaking; I’ve never seen anything like it before. The cruise on Milford sound was nice too, but the flight was the real highlight.
Written 27 February 2021
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Dear Sarahu1981, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to receive your feedback, although I'm somewhat biased...I couldn't agree more, the scenic flights are the highlight of our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trips! It's interesting, because we find that most people, prior to the trip, see the scenic flights as mode of transport to get to Milford Sound and their cruise. But after completing the trip, guests are blown away by the incredible scenic flights over the Sothern Alps, Fiordland National Park and into Milford Sound. The photos of your excursion you have shared are beautiful, it looks like you got to ride shotgun, in the co-pilot seat for one of the flights - awesome! On behalf of pilot Alex and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Ingrid V
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions
Amazing day!
This tourist activity rates as one of the best we have been on. Air Milford were so professional and easy to deal with.
We actually went a day earlier than we had booked as they rang us to advise the weather was closing in and did we want to go a day earlier. I am so glad we did. We flew in beautiful clear skies and it was a treat to to Milford Sound bathed in sunshine. Tomo our pilot was experienced and informative.
Bring plenty of warm clothing as it gets very cold and windy on the boat if you want to go outside on the deck.
I totally recommend Air Milford if you are considering this trip.
Written 8 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Ingrid V, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are buzzing with pride, knowing that you thought our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip was one of the best tourist activities you have been on - WOW! The weather plays a huge part in our operations, flying to and from Milford Sound is weather dependent, we fly about 70% of the time. We try our very best to communicate with our guests and make the best of the weather conditions, endeavoring to not have guests miss out on visiting this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are so pleased to hear that you were able to be flexible with your itinerary and take us up on the offer of going flying a day early. Thank you for your recommendation to future travelers to bring a jacket and wrap up warm. In my opinion, while on the cruise boat, the best viewing of the fiord is done from the open air decks, but, even in summer it can be chilly outside. We have plenty of space aboard the plane for guests to bring a jacket, or a bag with extra layers and we defiantly recommend brining them along with you. On behalf of your pilot Tomo and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Quentinn R
Wellington, New Zealand11 contributions
For those on a timetable...
Jan 2021
Wow'ed by the scenery and how close we appeared to get to the mountains. 10 hour return trip by road from Queenstown? I think the flight is an amazing experience and great option if you're on a timetable.
Written 29 January 2021
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Dear Quentinn, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that we were able to wow you with our stunning local scenery, aboard our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip - flying up close to the mountains and glaciers is one of my personal favorite parts of the journey, it's just so spectacular! On behalf of your pilot and the Air Milford team thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your 5 star endorsement to future travelers. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Ian P
2 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2021 • Couples
We did a trip on Friday 15th January 2021 Antony our pilot was excellent and professional the day was beautiful clear blue sky's he made the flight was excellent and cruise we would recommend air milford Antony and the crew on any scenic flight very friendly team nothing was a problem many thanks for a great day looking forward in flying with you in the future cheers from Ian n belinda
Written 19 January 2021
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Dear Ian and Belinda, Thank you so much for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to receive your kind feedback and hear that you had an excellent time on your recent Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip! We always try our best to provide a 5 star experience and are so proud to know that in this instance were successful. I love the photo you have shared, of you both and pilot Antony in front of one of our Cessna Caravans in Milford Sound - it's big smiles all round on such a stunning weather day. On behalf of the whole team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us, we can't wait to host you both again in the future. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Awesome experience
Awesome experience and worth it.The service is incredible and commentary by the pilot was useful and he was checkin
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Amazing views and service on Milford Air
Air Milford delivered a spectacular experience. They are a family run business with new comfortable planes which en
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Fantastic trip
We loved this trip. The flight there and back was amazing - different routes each way. Incredible scenery. The natu
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AMAZING 🤩 An absolute MUST DO
Wow wow wow, An absolute MUST DO whilst in Queenstown. We are still overwhelmed with the beautiful flight we had a
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A must do for your bucket list!
OMG! This trip was amazing! It was one of those trips that wasn’t on our bucket list but it went on there today! Th
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Fantastic day from the time I was picked up from my hotel. Awesome crew who flew the sights of the Southern Alps. T
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Amazing experience
Amazing flights with loads of points of interest. Pilot was fantastic with loads of commentary. One of the best thi
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Best Queenstown Experience
Our initial booking to fly/cruise/fly to Milford Sound was cancelled due to bad weather. We only had a day in Queen
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One Of My Top Tour Experiences....Anywhere!
Wow. What a trip. It's hard to credit that the flights themselves could exceed the charms and beauty of the Milfo
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Don’t miss this!
The most magical trip. If you are down this way, you CANNOT miss this! The pilot was so knowledgeable, the views fr
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Six star experience
If I could award 6 stars I would A amazing experience from beginning to end Run by true professionals. Comfortable
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Absolutely Fabulous
Do not miss this experience when you’re visiting Queenstown and we highly recommend Air Milford as the ones to do t
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Proud and Professional - fantastic experience
The journey and destination are world class and worth every cent. We were lucky enough to have a calm clear sunny d
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The most perfect day with the perfect company
Mum and I chose Air Milford to celebrate her special birthday and we could not have made a better choice. From fi
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Exciting
The endless mountains seen from the plane and the towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls experienced on the cru
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