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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202 provided by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202
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About
This air and water sightseeing tour of Milford Sound is ideal for travelers short on time in the area, as round-trip transfers from Queenstown are included. See the mountains and waterways of this UNESCO-listed area from above on a spectacular helicopter tour. Land on a glacier for a close-up of Mt. Tutoko. Also get the chance to relax on a cruise, where you may spot local wildlife like fur seals, penguins, and dolphins.
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
This half-day tour is suitable for travelers on a tight schedule
Experience the best of Milford Sound in a short time
Receive a personal headset to hear your guide clearly on the helicopter
Glacier landings are subject to conditions on the day
What to expect
Select your departure time at booking. Then board a modern 6-seater Airbus Squirrel after a hotel transfer to the helicopter base in Queenstown.  Slip on your audio headset to hear the pilot's commentary as you take off for Milford Sound. Upon landing at the famous fiord, embark on a scenic cruise that takes you past Milford's sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Search the waters for dolphins, seals, and penguins. Then re-board the helicopter for an aerial tour, soaring above ice falls to touch down on Mt. Tutoko, a glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park. (Glacier landings are subject to weather conditions and flight paths, which may change at the pilot’s discretion.) On arrival back in Queenstown, a courtesy shuttle transfers you back to your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9180P8
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Landing and facility fees • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly • Hotel pickup and drop-off • GST (Goods and Services Tax) • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.
35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Inclusions
Landing and facility fees • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly • Hotel pickup and drop-off • GST (Goods and Services Tax) • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.
35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Duration
4h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking
Wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Infant seats available
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
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 8 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    35 Lucas Place
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
  • 1
    Milford Sound
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Enjoy a scenic boat cruise whilst in the sound.
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    Pass by
    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound
  • You'll end at
    35 Lucas Place
    35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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David Fox
1 contribution
Worth every cent !
Jul 2021 • Family
A must do experience! We had a big family group, so hired 3 helicopters and everyone totally enjoyed there day. I flew with Jeremy and his flying was so smooth my 5 year old fell asleep briefly.
Written July 22, 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi David, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you and your family had such a special experience with us, we hope to see you back again one day. Kind regards, Ruby
Written September 6, 2021
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Smaug_11
Auckland, New Zealand138 contributions
What a beautiful experience
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Everything from the word go was perfect. We were fetched right on time at 8.55am from our hotel. We boarded our flight after a safety briefing. We luckily had perfect conditions and could fly very close to the mountains. It was breathtaking. Our pilot Jeremy was fantastic. I'm an avid LOTR fan and he was kind enough to point out some of the shooting sites for me. We stopped in Milford and and enjoyed a beautiful cruise with Southern Discoveries. On our return trip we did the glacier landing which was simply magnificent. We were back in Queenstown around 1.30pm.
Written May 28, 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Smaug_11, Thank you for your review, I am glad we were able to show you some of the best LOTR sights on your flight. I will be sure to pass your kinds words on to your pilot Jeremy. We hope to see you again one day! Kind regards, Liv
Written June 4, 2021
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Rick E
6 contributions
Awe-inspiring
Apr 2021
We flew with Alphie in late April. He was very friendly and an excellent pilot. As first time helicopter passengers, we felt excited and safe the entire time. Words cannot describe the beauty and majesty of the topography you fly over. The mountains are like another planet from up close. Well worth the time and money to experience it. Would definitely go again and encourage others to do so.

We also did the Milford Sound cruise as part of our package. Was incredibly beautiful. Overall, the helicopter flight with Alphie and the cruise was the highlight of the trip. Highly recommend!
Written May 18, 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Rick, Thank you so much for your review, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Alfie! We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Claudia
Written May 18, 2021
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B Baggstrom
2 contributions
Spectacular
May 2021 • Couples
this was just amazing. We were picked up from our hotel by a lovely driver who filled us in on local history and what to expect in our experience as we drove to the helicopter. There we met our fantastic pilot who took us us on the trip of a life time. His expertise and care for us was unsurpassed. Landing on the trip home on a glacier, taking the best photos of us while we took in the wonderful views. The boat trip into the Milford sounds was magical, nudging the boat close to beautiful waterfalls for more photos. This is a breath taking trip worth every cent for an experience we will never have again.
Written May 3, 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Bev, Thank you for your review! We love to hear about everyone's experiences and are so glad you had such an incredible time. Kind regards, CLAUDIA
Written May 3, 2021
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Mike Bowden
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing trip
Apr 2021 • Family
Wow - My family and I had a great day in an amazing part of the world.

Our pilot, Matt was great pilot and was very knowledgeable about the area. He also gave us a very smooth flight.

The weather we had was amazing and we were able postpone our booking by a day to take advantage of a better forecast.

This is a must do for anyone travelling to Queenstown.
Written April 27, 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Mike, Thank you for your review! Great to hear Matt showed you the best of Fiordland National Park, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to him. We hope to see you again one day. Kind regards, Claudia
Written April 28, 2021
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Sam
6 contributions
An incredible experience!
We were fortunate enough to enjoy the trip with four other wonderful kiwis.
Luckily, we had perfect flying weather and it was absolutely breathtaking. Having some flexibility with days helped to choose the timing for maximum views and a smooth flight with low wind.
Our pilot, Luke, was knowledgeable and passionate about the area and had unquestionable safety standards. He showed us the most incredible spots, pointing out local highlights such as Mount Aspiring, the Routeburn track, Hollyford Valley, and the breathtaking glaciers and lakes. We even spotted a few goats and deer on the way. The glacial landing was something special and the timing meant the crevices weren’t covered with snow. The boat cruise in the fiord of Milford Sound was a real treat. We explored the waterfalls and were joined by some local Bottlenose dolphins showing off on the bow.
The team at Southern Lakes Helicopters were great. Clear communication, offering pickup and drop offs, kind and easygoing, and they showed us an unforgettable time.
We highly recommend your company to anyone wishing to visit Queenstown and beyond, and who value both adventure and safety. Will definitely do it all again!!
Written April 17, 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Sam, Sounds like you had an amazing time on your Milford Sound + Cruise flight. Luke showed you some of the best parts of Fiordland. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate your kind words! I will be sure to pass on your praise to Luke as well. Kind regards, Claudia
Written April 17, 2021
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Kellie Hannan
2 contributions
Absolutely amazing experience
Feb 2021
Absolutely brilliant. Worth every penny. Outstanding service, breathtaking scenery. Had tears of joy. My husband’s first time in a helicopter and to land on a glacier, can’t thank Southern Lakes Helicopters Queenstown enough. Cruising the Milford Sounds just perfect. A must do in Queenstown.
Written February 26, 2021
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Jet64758409426
Hi Kellie527, Sounds like an amazing day! Thank you so much for your great review. We hope to see you in the future!
Written February 28, 2021
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Bridgeyc
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand5 contributions
Exceeded our expectations
This tour is worth every single penny. Landing high up in the mountains, flying in close to lakes and glaciers, it’s views you won’t get any other way. Deer spotting and a cruise of Milford in the middle. Matt was an outstanding and knowledgeable pilot. You won’t regret this trip, once in a lifetime.
Written February 17, 2021
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Jet64758409426
Hi Bridgeyc, Sounds like an amazing trip, always a bonus when you see a few deer on the way to Milford! Thank you for your review and coming out with us, please stop by again if your in Queenstown!
Written February 28, 2021
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209blairc
New Plymouth, New Zealand8 contributions
This is awesome!!!
Nov 2020 • Couples
Best tour we have ever done, well worth the money.
We would do it again in a heartbeat. We couldn't do the cruise due to weather so the helicopter flight was extended to make up for it.
Written November 20, 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Blair Thank you so much for your review - it is great to hear you had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the extended flight with us! We do hope to see you again in the future!
Written November 23, 2020
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Scott M
Auckland Central, New Zealand10 contributions
Amazing!
Simply outstanding! Alfie was an incredible pilot that gave us an experience of a life time. Landing on top of the glacier, getting up close and personal with a waterfall and landing on the coast were all incredible. We couldn't have had a better day out in scenery that photos do not do justice to.
Written November 6, 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Scott! We are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience landing on a Glacier with Alfie - he really is incredible at showcasing our incredible scenery and a bit of a legend around here :) We hope to welcome you back soon!
Written November 11, 2020
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Great experience
Overall really great experience friendly staff, the pilot was amazing super informative and made for a great trip.
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The best you could do in Queenstown
First time on a helicopter, and I think, so far, the best one that we'll ever experience! Beautiful views and very
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A holiday highlight
My husband and I were recently on holiday in Queenstown and both had a helicopter ride at the top of our list. We c
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Fantastic trip
Fantastic trip, really worth going. Loved the alpine landing although should have worn snow boots. Crew were friend
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Flying high
Great service, we were unable to do the flight we wanted due to weather. So pleased with the company to ring us and
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What a day!
Crystal clear weather, a fantastic pilot and serene landscape all combined to make this an unforgettable experienc
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Top of the world experience on the summit
Fantastic experience, felt like it had a one-on-one personal touch. Loved the bubbles. Would definitely recommend
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Fantastic experience, best time ever, would recommen it to anybody. Thanks a lot we had wonderful time
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We did the Sunset helicopter tour and it was amazing 😍 100% would recommend to everyone in and/or going to queenst
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OMG what an experience!!! A must do while in Queenstown - stunning views and you land on top of a mountain covered
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Queenstown and beyond!
We originally booked the 50 minute glacier flight but were upgraded to the Lord of the Rings and Glacier Flight. We
john m
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Great birthday experience
One of the best trips we’ve ever done. The bus driver, pilot and the booking crew were so friendly and informative,
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AMAZING
Incredible from start to finish! Lost for words. Excellent service from all of the staff who made us feel safe and
JonnoKP
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Amazing Experience
Absolutely awesome flight and experience. What a great way to see our fantastic country. Jeremy is a great pilot wi
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Trip of a lifetime
What an incredible experience and a must do whilst in Queenstown. From the moment the driver picked us up at our ac
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