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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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    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.
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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.
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Live pilot commentary on board
    • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise
    • 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
    Exclusions
    • Lunch - 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Incredible breathtaking experience flying over the snow covered peaks from Queenstown to the glorious greens of Milford Sound. I was quite nervous about being in a small plane, but I am so glad I didn't let my anxiety stop me from this unforgettable day. The pilot, Carl, was
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    This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. The tour had to be rescheduled twice due to bad weather, but the weather gods very kind to us at the third time of asking and we managed to fly out on what turned out to be a stunning day. We were a bit concerned about
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
    Responded 1 week ago
    Dear Sravich, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to host you recently and we are so pleased to hear that you had a couple of days prepared as a back-up, in case the weather gods decided to be mischievous...! Milford Sound is an absolutely spectacular destination, the weather is wild and the landscapes are inhospitable. This makes for challenging flying, but it also makes for jaw dropping scenery, with thundering waterfalls, snow covered mountains and emerald green rainforest. The weather allows us to fly about 70% of the time, so for future guest's reference, it is worthwhile to factor in some flexibility into your schedule. We are pleased that the whole family had an awesome time on the excursion, including your 5 year old, we often fly with little ones and find that they are either captivated by the scenery, or fall asleep after the excitement of the cruise :-) On behalf of the whole team, 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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    Visiting Milford Sound is something I've been dreaming of for a long time and I am SO glad that when I finally got to visit that it was with Milford Air doing the Fly-cruise-Fly option! When I first had contact from the team about the weather issues, they were really great at
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear Biank_22, Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind and comprehensive review of your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our absolute pleasure to host you last week and we are blown away by your positive feedback about the Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip, how awesome to hear that it was when one of your "favorite tours you have ever done!" The weather plays a huge part of what we do, Milford Sound is one of the wettest places in the world, with over 7 meters of rain falling annually. This is in comparison to Queenstown, which receives under 1 meter annually - which is a huge difference over a relatively short distance (75km as the crow flies). We fly about 70% of the time, so we defiantly recommend that when people book in, that they factor in a back-up day to their schedule, in case inclement weather messes with the original plan. As you have discovered, having some flexibility really pays off, so thank you for your recommendation to future travelers :-) We absolutely agree with your point that heading over to Milford on the morning trip at 9.30am, or the afternoon trip at 1.30pm in order to avoid the middle of the day, when all the coaches are in Milford, is worthwhile. We are also really pleased to hear that you appreciated the reserved seating aboard the Southern Discoveries Nature Cruise for Air Milford guests. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for your high endorsement to future travelers and all the best for your next adventures, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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    We did the Fly/criuse/Fly 3 October 9am with morning tea - Air Milford you took our breath away, the simple and easy check in and our Pilot Hank, amazing, friendly and helpful. Talked us through our flight path and guided our journey perfectly. We felt comdortable every single
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
    Responded 5 weeks ago
    Dear Travellik, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review with us and the TripAdvisor community. It was our pleasure to host you and your family recently, we are nocked off our feet with your kind feedback and high endorsement to future travelers. Your pilot Hank is a dab hand, he is the owner of Air Milford and has been flying in Fiordland National Park for over 40 years. He loves sharing his local region with his guests during the scenic flight and we are really pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed flying with him. His talents don't stop there though, he is also an aircraft engineer and likes to maintain our fleet to a meticulous standard, I passed on your kind praise about the plane to him and he blushed with pride! On behalf of Hank and the team 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 booked this trip as a kick off for our honeymoon, after traveling to Queenstown from Australia. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. If you are reading these comments wondering whether to bite the bullet and book, then do it. Such good value for money. It was easy
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
    Responded 5 weeks ago
    Dear Ash and Zoe, Thank you for your kind and comprehensive review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to help you celebrate your honeymoon recently and we are blown away with your awesome feedback! We totally agree that the Milford Sound Fly/Cruise Milford/Fly trip is a fantastic way to explore Milford Sound and the wider Fiordland National Park region, from both sea and air. We are pleased to hear that both your pilot's attentiveness and Cruise Milford's friendly boat crew enhanced your experience. For future guest's benefit, if you would like to book in for the Cruise Milford boat option, which is the 75 passenger vessel, you can do so either on the Air Milford, or Cruise Milford website. On behalf of the whole team, thank you or choosing to fly with us an all the best for your future adventures together! Sincerely, Mary, Air Milford.
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