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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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  • 4.5-hour Milford Sound tour from Queenstown
  • Travel by sightseeing plane and catamaran
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
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Includes complimentary beer, wine or soft drink aboard the Nature Cruise
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Includes morning tea aboard the Nature Cruise of Milford Sound. Departing in Summer.
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Includes a buffet lunch aboard the Nature Cruise of Milford Sound. Departing in Summer.
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Overview
See the sheer cliffs of Milford Sound from the air and water on a 4.5-hour tour from Queenstown by sightseeing plane and catamaran. Fly over Fjordland National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Centre landscape, then touch down at Milford Sound for a cruise with lunch and drinks served on board. This 4.5-hour tour is perfect for photography and wildlife watching, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Queenstown hotels is included.
What to Expect
Start with 12pm pickup at your centrally-located accommodations in Queenstown, then head to the airport for a scenic flight to Milford Sound. The pilot will point out key landmarks and topographical features on the way to the coast, where you’ll 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 will be 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, coffee, and tea will be 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 mid-afternoon light. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Queenstown hotel.
Reviews (37)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
INCREDIBLE!!!

My wife I took Air Milford today to fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound. We did the cruise and then flew back. Our pilot, Jimmy was professional and really took care of us. He knows his way through the mountains. The scenery on the flights...More

1  Thank Ulwazi
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello there Ulwazi, On behalf of your pilot, Jimmy, thank you for the incredible review of your INCREDIBLE excursion to Milford Sound, we really appreciate your kind comments and also the five star rating. Jimmy is our youngest pilot but don't let his boyish looks...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A totally outstanding trip!

This is a NZ must do! Fabulous hosts with an unblemished safety record take you on a beautiful journey to the eight wonder of the world, Milford Sound. The views and commentary were excellent and the nature cruise in the sound was first class, filled...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SouthproudNZ
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there SouthproudNZ! Thanks for recommending us as a must do during visits to NZ - we agree; A trip to Milford Sound must be on the list of any traveler worth their jandals! The views are second to none, and such a unique perspective...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
INCREDIBLE!

Thank you, Air Milford and Southern Discoveries for this amazing trip. It was not my first time into Milford Sound and Fiordland but certainly the most spectacular way to get there. Everyone was helpful, friendly and looked after us wonderfully. If you have the option...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank janezwerrenz
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello worldponderer, it was our pleasure to host you and fly you into Fiordland. I agree that flying is the most spectacular way to arrive, it certainly beats two five hour bus journeys in and out! If you have driven in before, it would have...More

Reviewed October 31, 2018
Amazing Veiws

This was the best day in New Zealand so far. The views from the plane were spectacular. Our pilot Anthony, was very knowledgeable which added to the experience. We highly recommend flying with Air Milford.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Donna D
Airmilford, Guest Services at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hi Donna D. Thank you for the five shiny stars on TripAdvisor and highly recommending us! We are honoured that this has been your best day in New Zealand (so far). With the spectacular views from the plane and Anthony providing the knowledge it would...More

Reviewed October 17, 2018
My top New Zealand all-time excursion and HIGHLY recommended

This has to be the highlight of any trip to the south island of New Zealand. From professional and efficient handling of booking to incredibly exciting flights from and to Queenstown, coupled with an awesome Southern Discoveries "Spirit of Milford" day cruise, you cannot find...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheTravelSlt
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Hi TheTravelSlt, Thanks so much for your review and for rating us your top New Zealand excursion of all time! We are super stoked to take all of those accolades from you 🏆 🥇🏆 🥇🏆 🥇 We aim to make your day as hassle free...More

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