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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

By Air Milford
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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.
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$368.27
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$368.27
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Ages 0-99, max of 12 per group
Duration:4h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
What's not included
  • Food and drinks

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.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We provide a pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, for an additional cost, 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 site their base.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38244P1

  • 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
  • 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 12 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown?
Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown price starts from $362.85. Discover and book Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
What is the Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown cancellation policy?
Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown?
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38244P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    3 Tex Smith Lane
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Coronet Peak
    Skippers Canyon
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Routeburn Track
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound
    Milford Sound Airport
    Milford Sound Airport
  • 2
    Cruise Milford
    Stop: 105 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Sutherland Falls
  • 3
    Bowen Falls
    Stop: 5 minutes
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    Pass by
    Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Lake Wakatipu
    Walter Peak Station Wharf
  • 4
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Lake Te Anau
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

kaitlinmills23
kaitlinmills23
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Flight back to Queenstown with Air Milford is a MUST!
A great day all around. The bus driver was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information. The captain of the b
JoanieM620
JoanieM620
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Spectacular views from the air
I've never been in a small plane before, but had no problems with this flight. Before we took off, the pilot said
HeleneHumby
HeleneHumby
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Not To Be Missed!
An absolutely spectacular day! We highly recommend doing this tour if you are visiting Queenstown or are nearby. We
11Bear
11Bear
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Amazing a must do trip
We did Milford sound fly 2 hr cruise fly back Queenstown nz We had the bed sunny day for our trip the flight was
micksticks
micksticks
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Amazing Day
We had an excellent day trip with this superb family business. Our pilot was Antony who was most courteous, knowled
Micki B
Micki B
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Incredible experience
If you have the opportunity to take this flight, DO IT! After taking a tour bus to Milford Sound, then taking the b
AmberMaisey
AmberMaisey
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Breath taking, unforgettable
The pilot Antony was fantastic, very knowledgeable, caring and confident. I had a broken foot and needed a little a
SusanV0463
SusanV0463
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Air Milford
It was a perfect day for the flight & cruise. Antony (the pilot) was so welcoming, very professional even made my n
Peter O
Peter O
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Milford Sound Awesome
Outstanding tour with a great pilot in Tom. Very informative and the scenic flight there and back can not be descri
BJ913Traveller
BJ913Traveller
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Incredibly Awesome
Fantastic team, very warm and friendly. Jo was extremely helpful with arranging the flight best suited for what our
CJW1705
CJW1705
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Excellent service
Antony picked us up from Te Any and took us to Queenstown - really nice guy and a great flight with a commentary al
Sharon B
Sharon B
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Breathtaking Milford Sound with Milford Air is a “don’t miss” experience.
This tour was extraordinary and I’m not a person who loves to fly, let alone in a small plane. Andrew, the pilot,
MorganM1223
MorganM1223
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Friendly, Professional and Responsive - For Scenic Tours or Charter Needs (from a local)
Sept 2021 I missed a flight from Queenstown to Christchurch that would connect me onto Auckland and an internationa
jaytnic
jaytnic
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Trip of a lifetime
An absolutely magical experience. Tom, our pilot made this is experience of a lifetime. The team worked to ensure w
Wamble404
Wamble404
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Best Day Ever
This is hands down the best thing to do when visiting Queenstown! the flight is jaw-droppingly beautiful and the so
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Mohammad Al Falasi
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Air Milford is an outstanding and well experienced operator which maintain all safety measures that exceeded our expectation from a family paint of view.
Great experience to Milford Sound via the air and I would definitely try it again and would highly recommend it. Special thanks to Capt Antony Sproull who went above & beyond towards making this experience most informative and unforgettable
Written August 15, 2022
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Hi Moefalasi We are thrilled to hear your experience with Ant was unforgettable. Ant is son of our CEO Hank, a third generation pilot and grew up in Queenstown. We are so proud to be a family owned and operated business where aviation runs in the blood. Glad you mention our safety measures, safety is absolutely key to us at Air Milford, our 100% safety record and experienced pilots are certainly something we pride ourselves on. On behalf of all of the team at Air Milford we thank you for your review and for flying with us. Many thanks, Annette
Written August 15, 2022
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Frankie K
4 contributions
Jul 2020
After our booking with another company being cancelled last minute due to the weather, we hastily searched for other options being short on time in the are - air milford could accommodate our party within 30 minutes and although the price was slightly higher, they had the caravan available which would fly for sure on this beautiful morning! 100% worth going with Air Milford for your trip to the sounds.

We flew both ways to milford with a beautiful cruise around the inlet. We saw pods of dolphins, seals, spectacular waterfalls, and had the most wonderful time! It was a crispy clear morning and the mountains had steam coming off of them as we flew above. What an absolute marvel.

Thomas, our pilot provided detailed commentary about what we were gawking at below, and made the effort to chat to the passengers about what they were doing in the region. We mentioned we were there for some mountain biking, and he kindly pointed out some great spots to visit over the speaker on the flight back! Talk about adapting the commentary to connect with your customers. Thanks Thomas - you seem like a top bloke, and definitely a great pilot; we all felt very safe.

We have friends visiting Queenstown and we are telling all of them to visit Air Milford for this trip. You guys truly were our holiday highlight.

Thanks!!

Frankie & the crew
Written October 9, 2020
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Dear Frankie & The Crew, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Air Milford, on TripAdvisor. It was our absolute pleasure to host you guys and we are pleased to know that we were able to to step in at the last minute to accommodate you and your group. Milford Sound is such a stunning destination, but as you say, the journey there and back are full of delights too. Thomas is an excellent pilot, knowledgeable guide and all round nice guy, we are so pleased that he was able to tailor the trip to your liking. As a small family owned and operated team, we like to try our best to provide a personalised experience to every group, so it is awesome to know that in your case we were successful :-) How lucky that you got to see both seals on dolphins in Milford Sound, on the whole seals are usually out and about, but dolphins can be more hit + miss, it sounds like Milford put on it's very best show for your visit! On behalf of your pilot Tom and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high recommendation to your friends and all future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written October 10, 2020
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LizLaurel
Montpelier, MD150 contributions
This is a not-to-be-missed experience. Now as it turns out, Air Milford cancelled the cruise portion of the trip (giving a partial refund ); changing weather conditions put a safe return flight AFTER the cruise in jeopardy. But we did fly into the Sound, we walked a bit, and then we returned. The flight was amazing and even I, a nervous flyer, relaxed enough to take a good number of photos. When you take a flight like this, you realize how much you miss when you are flying at 34000 ft.

Screw up your courage and do it!
Written November 15, 2022
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Phil
3 contributions
Nov 2020
Flight round the summit of Mt Tutoko was amazing - too busy enjoying the view to take photos.

Lucky enough to have a seat next to the pilot on the return flight to Queenstown.

A great way for me to celebrate my 60 th birthday. My mother was also celebrating her birthday so we each shouted the other the trip on 7 November 2020.

After phoning Air Milford the night before and being told the weather was unlikely to be any good I was very impressed to receive a call back next morning, while driving through the Cromwell Gorge, that the flight was on and that conflicting forecasts were resolved by local contacts on the coast.
Written December 29, 2020
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Dear Phil, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to host you both and join you in celebrating your birthdays - what a fabulous wat to spend a special day! I can absolutely appreciate why you may not have taken photos of all of the scenery encountered, there is so much to look at and sometimes, it's far nicer to be fully taking in the views, rather than viewing them through the lens of a camera! On behalf of your pilot Tommo and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your 5 star recommendation to future travelers. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written January 3, 2021
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Alison S
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Family
Amazing trip, wonderful pilot and staff. The trip was well organized, professional with high safety standards and exactly what we’d hoped for. I also liked that it’s a family business, which is so important to support, especially in these difficult pandemic times. We not only got to see beautiful views on the flight there and back from Queenstown, but the pilot also pointed out all the sights along the way so we knew exactly where we were and what we were looking at. Great value for your money considering you get over 1 hour of flying + a 2 hour cruise, we would highly recommend. They also made sure that we were comfortable and well taken care of as we were travelling with our infant son, which was greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much Air Milford, we enjoyed our time with you very much and will recommend to our family and friends!
Written April 7, 2021
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Dear Alison, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are so proud to know that we were able to live up to your expectations and provide you and your family with an amazing experience visiting Milford Sound! We are fortunate to be able to host our guests in such an incredible part of the world, Fiordland National Park and it fills us with joy to know that we were able to make the visit all the more memorable, with an interesting pilot commentary and a comfortable aircraft. On behalf of your pilot and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your 5-star recommendation to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
Written April 17, 2021
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Shantha S
Kandy, Sri Lanka12 contributions
Aug 2022
Unbelievable, magical experience. Flight to and from Mllford sound was breath taking. Flying is the best it led to experience this glacial wilderness. Lakes formed between rises and waterfalls, untouched and unreachable. Tommo our pilot from Milford Air was very friendly and went around showing various attractions with excellent commentary. Weather was really good and I was extremely lucky for that. Flying gives best bang for buck and you don't have to spend 12 hours on the road and get the best seat in town by flying, unless you are that type :). Milford Sound itself is a natural wonder and see to believe. No wonder this was the set for many movies including Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, X- men wolverine, Jurassic World, Alien Covenant Etc; Highly recommended and a must do if you visit Queenstown.
Written August 11, 2022
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Dear RIvendall_Dynasty, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide Air Milford with a five star review! I would have to agree with you, seeing Milford Sound and the Fiordland region from the skies certainly is the best seat in town! No matter how many times you have been... the landscapes, waterfalls and wilderness that is Fiordland National Park will take your breath away every time! I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Tommo. Our pilots all strive to create unforgettable memories for all of our passengers and pass on there expert knowledge of the area. On behalf of the entire Air Milford team, we thank you for travelling with us, and hope to see you again on one of our other flights experiences on your next trip to Queenstown. Many thanks, Annette
Written August 14, 2022
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Bayley T
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
Absolutely surreal experience. Pilot was great at showing/explaining all the amazing places on the way to Milford, 15 min walk from the airport to the boat was awesome, and the cruise was once in a lifetime. Flying still also allows you to have some time in your day compared to driving to Milford. Would 100% recommend this trip!
Written November 18, 2021
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Hi Bayley, Thanks for sharing your 5-star review of Air Milford with the TripAdvisor community. We are so happy to hear that you had an absolutely surreal experience both flying over the Southern Alps and enjoying Milford Sound aboard the Southern Discoveries nature cruise! We have to agree that it is an incredibly special place that everyone should take the opportunity to explore at least once in a lifetime. Our experienced local pilots love sharing their extensive knowledge with passengers while flying over the spectacular mountaintops, so they will be thrilled to hear that they have helped to create some unforgettable memories for you. On behalf of the Air Milford team, we thank you for your 100% recommendation to future travelers and hope to host you again someday! Sincerely, Sara Guest Relations
Written December 4, 2021
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Raymund T
Phoenix, AZ30 contributions
Dec 2019
We were the unlucky few that picked a day inclement weather prevented the pilot from going over the pass to Milford Sound. Our family of 8 commented the pilots experience in making the wise decision to cancel the flight. We’ll live another day to visit NZ again & try it again. The company gets high marks in allowing us the full refund after warning us there was a 99% chance it would need to turn around. A few people chose not to take the flight but the majority of us did. They did ask for a voluntary fuel charge which many of us agreed since we knew beforehand and we still took the flight. Hats off to Milford Air for their customer service.
Written January 4, 2020
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Kia Ora Guest, Thank you for your recent review giving travellers a first hand insight into one of the few flights that couldn't reach Milford Sound this summer. You really don't know how much this means to us because these days are not the glamorous ones people often witness, it is a challenge for all of our crew so to receive your compliments of the way it was handled is something I'll delight in sharing with the team. We try to make the most of any situation, and where safety is not going to be compromised (as this is paramount with all of our flights), we do try to offer alternates to our guests so they at least get to experience "Gods Own" from above. We hope you get the opportunity to return in better weather so we can complete the full Milford Sound tour. Faithfully, Antony
Written January 5, 2020
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Emmeline C
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Simply amazing adventure! From booking to our final landing Air Milford were so welcoming - their front of staff Jo was so helpful (even with a last minute booking request could accommodate two (2) people).

The fly over with Pilot Tom was epic, I get motion sick essentially but experienced some amazing views with my mild version of car sickness even at altitude.

The cruise 🛳 again 🙌 an absolute highlight of our trip and would highly recommend to anyone wondering - JUST DO IT! And do it with Air Milford.

Flight home was a different route which was so special being able to see Isengard from above. Tom had some real great talks throughout, so we were thoroughly educated on the region and its maunga.

Te paepae tirohanga o Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) is epic!
Written July 23, 2020
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Dear Emmeline C, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our absolute pleasure to host you both recently and we are so pleased that you had an AMAZING ADVENTURE exploring Fiordland National Park with pilot Tom. Your photos really do the region justice, I especially like the photo of you both stood in front of your plane at our base in Queenstown, you can see the snowy Remarkables mountains in the background and the shot taken from the cruise in Milford Sound, looking at the shoreline with two seals posing for your picture is awesome too! We are glad to hear that despite experiencing some mild motion sickness, you were able to take your mind off it by looking at the unreal scenery outside the plane. We 100% agree Tom is an awesome pilot and conscientious guide, he loves sharing his backyard with his guests and went bright red when I just shared your feedback with him 😊. On behalf of Jo, Tom and the whole team, thank you for choosing to fly with us ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬 All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written July 24, 2020
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Colin H
Wollongong, Australia30 contributions
Feb 2020
As the road to Milford Sound was closed, we decided to take the fly/cruise trip with Air Milford. All the Air Milford staff were friendly and helpful. The Pilots were very professional and outlined our route and expected weather in some detail. The planes are 12 seaters so only 3 people are not in a window seat - the Pilots make sure that those not in a window seat on the outbound journey get a window seat on the return journey.. We were lucky that the weather was mainly clear and sunny so the flight there and back was truly spectacular and worth every penny. The cruise part of the trip was also very good, but pales in comparison with the flight. Highly recommend the flight!
Written February 27, 2020
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Dear ColinH161, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to host you and we are very pleased to hear that you were blessed with some stunning weather conditions to go scenic flying! We 100% agree, the views experienced are out of this world and on arrival in Milford Sound it would have been even more magical, to experience the destination without the crowds, because the road was closed. On behalf of your professional pilots and the rest of the team, thank you for choosing to fly with Air Milford and for your high endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
Written May 13, 2020
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown