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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

By Milford Sound Scenic Flights
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It's an undisputed fact that the best views of New Zealand's scenery are achieved from the air. Experience unparalleled views of Fiordland National Park on a round-trip scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound. From your window seat, listen to the pilot’s commentary as you peer out over striking mountain peaks, lakes, and waterfalls. Plus, get an up-close glimpse on a cruise from Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea.
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$346.25
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Ages 0-99, max of 12 per group
Duration:
5h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Flight and cruise combo grants unique mix of air and sea views
  • Visit Milford Sound, the Tasman Sea, and the Southern Alps in a single day
  • Pilot commentary guides visitors on each flight 
  • Convenient hotel pick-up, drop-off, and choice of departure time

  • Flight and Cruise
  • Light refreshments
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
What's not included
  • Lunch

Your trip begins with hassle-free hotel pick-up in Queenstown. Once you arrive at the hangar, check in and board your aircraft—equipped only with window seats so that all passengers can take in the panorama below. On the first flight to Milford Sound, you have a bird’s eye view of the dramatic landscapes of Fiordland National Park, guided by the commentary of your pilot. After landing, begin your cruise along the untouched waters of Milford Sound, traveling from Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Your return flight takes a different path, soaring above the snowy Southern Alps. Once you land in Queenstown, enjoy transport back to your hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pick-up commences 5mins after the weather check for your flight.
  • 39 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Departure Point: Your Queenstown central hotel, or self-drive to the base hangar (address on confirmation voucher) Address: 39 Lucas Place Queenstown, There is plenty of free off street parking at our base. Return point: Return to same departure location
  • 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

  • Wheelchair 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: 28286P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will partake in a weather check an hour before the departure flight time. If the weather is suitable you will be picked up from your hotel approximately 5 minutes after the call.
  • Infants are classed as 11kgs or under. If they are over this weight, they will be classed as a child due to infant seatbelt weight limit restrictions. They will have to be charged a child price on the day if weights and are over the 11kg limit.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers 36 weeks or more into their pregnancy
  • 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
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown?
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown price starts from $323.20. Discover and book Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
What is the Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown cancellation policy?
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight 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 Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown?
Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown is hosted by Milford Sound Scenic Flights. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Milford Sound Scenic Flights on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
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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: 28286P2

About the operator

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

Caitlin G
Caitlin G
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10,000 percent WORTH IT
After hearing about Milford Sound and how it is a “must-see” place, my husband and I knew we needed to go. We get a
508mareej
508mareej
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The best experience of Queenstown!
Absolutely amazing, we can't rate this experience highly enough. Breathtaking views, book now, it is so worth it!
chrishN2745VI
chrishN2745VI
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Best thing I’ve done in Queenstown
A last min surprise flight ended up being the trip of a lifetime to fly over the snowy mountains. Despite a fear o
matthewwR6460JF
matthewwR6460JF
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Milford Sounds flight/cruise
Flights fantastic, cruise just as good. Would do it again. The pilot was awsome & whole trip was one of the best th
Natalie H
Natalie H
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A beautiful day
The team at Milford Sound Scenic Flights were friendly and professional, and the over flight was incredible. Seeing
deborahdO4528WT
deborahdO4528WT
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Ask for James - awesome pilot
Had an awesome day with our pilot James - confident, professional and knowledgeable regarding fiordland and the M
Julia S
Julia S
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Brilliant Experience
We would like to thank Katie for being our pilot on Wednesday the 28th April she was marvellous and very informativ
734elizaf
734elizaf
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Fabulous trip
We had a spectacular flight with pilot Grant, who gave us a really interesting commentary and made sure that all pa
marknM2593UZ
marknM2593UZ
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Flight / cruise / Flight
We had the best day flying into one of the most spectacular parts of the world!!! Pilot Pete was super informative
UnaSinead
UnaSinead
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Top Day Out 🥰
Had the pleasure of flying with Milford Sound Scenic Flights, at the weekend, under the expert control of Katie TOP
AdenO9
AdenO9
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Phenomenal
One of the best experiences of my life so far! Katie and they crew are so amazing, I will do this again and gift t
12SH11
12SH11
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Amazing
Incredible experience. Very easy, picked up from our hotel and taken to the airport. Plane is comfortable and every
NASASSY
NASASSY
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Memorable day
What a wonderful day our family of three had fly/cruise/fly. Outstanding value for a spectacular day of scenery. Ou
Aklfishboy
Aklfishboy
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Worth every cent
The Milford Sound cruise was great, but the flights there and back ...stunning. Pay the money, unbelievable scene
GPHB
GPHB
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What an Experience
Our family of five did the Fly Cruise Fly. A real bucket list adventure and what an adventure it was. Unbelievable
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Malcolm R
Palmerston North, New Zealand146 contributions
We were wanting to experience again the delights of a similar trip made many years ago. There are several companies to select from and we had no basis on which to select. We chose this one because it was a little cheaper, with prices overall lower than they have been a year back prior to covid affecting the tourist trade. The tour description seemed effectively the same as the others. The plane was a 16 seater, high wing single engine. Unfortunately my allocated seat was under the wing and that obstructed my view a little but that is the luck of the draw. Nonetheless I got some wonderful pictures. The weather was absolutely perfect with no wind or clouds. Our Australian pilot interacted well with us. She was a good guide.
We were able to fly over and also between the magnificent snow covered alps. We also saw many waterfalls including the Sutherland Falls.
The Milford cruise was not a disappointment. This took about 3 hours I recall and again the perfect weather just topped it all off. Dolphins accompanied us on several occasions while seeing the Milford penguin was an unexpected pleasure.
We were so pleased we repeated our flight of years back.
Written January 5, 2021
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Kia Ora Malcolm R Thanks for your fantastic review. Great to hear you had a really enjoyable experience with us on your Milford Sound experience and Katie took care of you in the skies. Plenty of wonderful nature to behold from start to finish and it’s great to hear the dolphins came out to greet you.
Written February 10, 2021
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Bryony
2 contributions
Couples
Milford Sound Scenic Flights and Mitre Peak Cruises

One item of the bucket list ticked off! I thought I knew my country, this experience showed me I'd only scratched the surface!! I can't say enough great things about our experience or the staff. I feel I wouldn't do it/them justice - but I'll give it a try.

An amazing experience we will remember forever! We came in the Spring/Summer season and it was stunning, we've vowed to come back in Winter where I'm sure it will be even more so. Definitely something not to be missed! Some people come to Milford Sound by bus which I'm sure is great, but flying to and from Milford.... absolutely magical. Awesome, friendly staff that know their stuff and know how to give people a great time. From the flight to the cruise, these guys are a well oiled machine who take this experience to the next level!

Can't wait to come back and experience this all over again!

P.S. can't upload a photo because the files are too large. Regardless, you have to see it to believe it!
Written October 19, 2021
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Journey36979649387
Hi Bryony, Thank you for the glowing review ! We look forward to seeing you again in the Winter months 😊 Kind Regards, Milford Sound Scenic Flight Team
Written November 11, 2021
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AniaD
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We have been living in Queenstown for 12 months and have seen the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown, Glenorchy and Milford Sound by road, but seeing it from above it TOTALLY worth every cent. Our pilot Andy was incredibly knowledgable and friendly and my husband and I felt completely safe in his hands and the small aircraft. We got lucky and were the only ones on the tour so got to really experience the view in every direction. The weather was perfect, some high cloud and super still with minimal wind, making for a brilliant afternoon out, with perfect scenery and breathtaking reflections. Flying over the mountains past Glenorchy and into Milford was one of those once in a lifetime experiences you don't forget, at some points going so close to the mountains that you think you could almost touch them (yet of course still completely safe). He said he had flown this route over 4000 times, it showed, his landings were so smooth!

It was our 3rd time doing the cruise at Milford Sound but this time we had a smaller tour vessel then previous times, which made the mountains in the fjord seem even more spectacular and grand. It was a great addition to the scenic flight.

Our return flight took us over the turquoise waters of Lake Wakatipu and the reflections were incredible! Flying over snow capped peaks, spotting glacial lakes, and seeing plunging waterfalls and meandering rivers in the valleys made for an awesome half day trip. We have no hesitation recommending this trip to ANYONE, especially to the locals who think they have 'seen it all'
Written May 25, 2020
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Kia ora! Thank you for taking the time to leave your awesome review. It is great to hear your positive comments about our awesome pilot Andy. He is one of our most experienced pilots, so you were in great hands. We couldnt agree more- the views are spectacular and it truly is the best way to view the fantastic landscape NZ has to offer.
Written July 16, 2020
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Ling L
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
It was such an amazing day and unforgettable experience flying with Katie to Milford sound round trip and cruise. Katie was such a skilled pilot her flight was so smooth and you feel safe ad relax during the journey. It was wonderfull sunny day with stunning mountain view, and the knowledge shared by Katie on the mountain and lake, it was like taking you into a amazing real life story telling on the history of the land and feels like you experience the life of the landscape, glacier, and Aotearoa in your mind vision. Definitely recommended, amazing experience that you will remembered for the rest of your life.
Written February 18, 2021
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Hi lingwei1992 Thanks for your super review. Great to hear you had an amazing experience with us and you got to see the landscape we constantly love flying over ad getting you all to see it and enjoy it as much as we do. Kind regards Milford Sound Scenic Flights
Written March 28, 2021
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Julia Y
London, UK22 contributions
What an unforgettable, amazing experience. Our flight to and from the sound was mind-blowing and beautiful. An absolutely incredible scenic flight which our pilot, Katie, navigated so smoothly and with great commentary. We were within an arms reach of mountain peaks and glaciers. The flight into the Sound was an absolute highlight and will be one of the most unique flying experiences you’ll ever have. We were guided to the cruise with Mitre Peak Cruises directly from the airfield and the cruise itself was a good two-hour journey through the Sound, with free tea and coffee on board. It was a full boat after a week of bad weather and cancellations but everyone had a spot to get a good view most of the time. Our return flight with Katie was awesome again, and we took a different route to get a beautiful view over Lake Te Anau and Wakatipu. Completely worth doing the fly/cruise/fly if you can as we were back just after 2pm which meant we had time to go out for a nice glass of wine in the Gibbston Valley!
Written February 12, 2021
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Hi julz_young Thanks for your fantastic review. Great to hear you had such a great time flying with us. Kind regards Milford Sound Scenic Flights
Written March 28, 2021
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Dario
8 contributions
Couples
An absolutely outstanding experience! All staff including aircraft, check in and cruise staff treated us exceptionally well. As others have noted, flights can be cancelled due to weather, so make sure you book yours for earlier in your trip, so there is time for you to reschedule to another day if needed. Our first booking was cancelled due to weather but we were able to easily rebook for another day, such turned out to be postcard perfect. This is a 'pinch yourself' kind of experience, highly recommended!
Written July 1, 2021
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Thank you Dario for the great review! Glad the weather held out for you, and we were able to get you to Milford Sound during your time in Queenstown 😊
Written July 5, 2021
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AliNel01
Nelson, New Zealand91 contributions
A great experience from start to finish. Pilot Andy looked after us extremely well, the flights were stunning - above the clouds for about half of the first flight, so beautiful, and the commentary both ways was informative. Cruise was excellent. We really enjoyed this trip and would recommend it to anyone. Well done, team, and thank you.
Written May 6, 2021
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Hi AliNel01 Thank you for your fantastic review. Great to hear you had a super experience with us and Andy looked after you throughout your trip with us. Kind regards Milford Sound Scenic Flights
Written May 21, 2021
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MRTX
3 contributions
Sadly, the boat cruise portion of our trip was cancelled due to weather, so my review is only of the flight portion.
I was admittedly a little bit nervous as we’d been made aware that there would be no time for our Milford Sound boat cruise due to an approaching storm system. However, the calm and knowledgeable demeanor of our pilot Katie allayed my concerns about the weather and what it might mean regarding turbulence snd safety. Katie was an excellent pilot.
The view from the air of the Southern Alps, glaciers, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, Milford Sound and the edge of the Tasman sea were spectacular. I don’t think the majesty of the area could be fully appreciated except from an aerial view. Katie landed us for a 15 minute stop at the Milford airfield, and we had time for a brief walk along a shoreline path. Having traveled from the USA, we were disappointed in the cancellation of the boat cruise portion, but due to weather our excursion had already been rescheduled from 2 days earlier, snd we were departing NZ the following day so this was our last opportunity to see Milford Sound. I am glad that we opted for the “flight only” that was offered as an alternative to cancelling the excursion altogether.
We were required to check in via telephone an hour prior to our tour time, and it was somewhat inconvenient when our initial date was postponed, as we had no time to make arrangements for an alternate excursion. Something to bear in mind if you are staying a limited number of days in the area. Fortunately we had left one day “open” and were able to reschedule for that date.
Something that could be improved upon: our pilot gave a commentary during our flight, and even though we were seated in the second row behind her, due to the engine noise we could not hear a word that she said. This was quite disappointing. It would’ve been much more enjoyable if we’d been able to hear the names of the landforms etc that we were flying over and near. I’d suggest that this company offer headsets, as helicopters provide, so that passengers can benefit from the pilot’s commentary.
Written June 6, 2022
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MSFNZ
Thanks for you your great and in-depth review. We are glad you enjoyed the Milford Sound flight with us and got to see some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer. The weather does become a challenge certainly on the West Coast where Milford Sound is, and with safety being a main priority, we want to make sure all customers have a fantastic yet safe experience with us when we can get out there. With weather being extremely variable around this region, we always recommend booking for the earliest day you have available whilst in Queenstown to allow the chance to reschedule to another date incase of bad weather as our team will happily help to recommend the best possible chances of getting you out to Milford Sound via flight. We will pass on your commendations to Katie also. Thank you again for joining us.
Written July 1, 2022
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surelybassey
Wellington, New Zealand246 contributions
Lovely scenic, perfect day. We took off at 10 am with clouds and the sun came mid flight.
Brilliant for shaving 6 hours travelling off your trip.
I wanted to dip into the sounds but it’s either too deep or too shallow near the jetty and a bit slimy on the base. The boat cruise was nice snd the very cool pilot allowed us to stop for 5 minutes by the water for a dip.
Charge your cameras, it’s pretty amazing.
Out Daughter, 11 got awful pressure in her ears both ways. Would have been nice to walk around but the boat does show you seals, waterfalls and old tree avalanches.
I would rather a 1 hour boat and one hour explore. Skip the sea part.
Bring food.
Written October 21, 2021
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Journey36979649387
Thank you for your review! Happy to hear you had a lovely trip and were able to get down to the water. Kind Regards, Milford Sound Scenic Flight Team
Written November 11, 2021
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Craig
Tauranga, New Zealand7 contributions
Awesome flight and cruise
The pilot Elliot was brilliant, very knowledgeable about the surroundings and a great sense of humour.
The cruise was mind blowing with seals sunbathing and dolphins putting on a fantastic show.
All the staff from pick up to drop off were amazing
Book your trip ASAP 😊
Written July 26, 2020
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown