- Milford Sound day trip from Queenstown by land, sea and air
- See Milford Sound and its incredible natural beauty from all angles
- Travel past Lake Wakatipu and the region’s alpine scenery, stopping for photo ops
- Enjoy a 2-hour cruise on the sound to see waterfalls and wildlife
- Take an exhilarating helicopter flight over the sound and Mt Tutoko
- Land briefly on Donne Glacier, if the weather permits
- Listen to interesting commentary throughout the day
What You Can Expect
Listen to commentary from your driver as you travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau, where you’ll take a break for morning tea (own expense). Then continue along Highway 94 — the ‘Milford Road’ — and admire its stunning alpine scenery, stopping along the way for photo ops and a short walk.
When you arrive at Milford Sound, board your 2-hour nature cruise — either the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer — which takes you along the whole length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Learn about the region's history, natural features and native wildlife as you are wowed by the sound’s famous beauty. See rainforest waterfalls, towering peaks and marine life like seals, dolphins and penguins, depending on the season. Sip provided tea and coffee, and purchase lunch at the onboard cafe when you get hungry (own expense).
After your cruise, hop on a shuttle bus for the short drive from the wharf to the airstrip, where the final and most exciting leg of your tour begins — a 40-minute helicopter flight from Milford Sound back to Queenstown. As you soar over Milford Sound — one of the most breathtaking experiences you’re sure to ever have — marvel at the aerial views of glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest. Fly over the fiord along Harrison Valley, over Mount Tutoko and on to the Wakatipu Basin. If the weather cooperates on the day of your tour, you may even get to enjoy a snow landing on Donne Glacier.
Upon your landing in Queenstown, your day trip ends with hotel drop-off.
Absolutely Amazing!! Helicopter flight was cancelled but flew back on fixed wing plane instead. We worth the cost of the tour.
Very good trip , only spoilt a bit by rain (snow at high altitude) on the way to Milford Sound and when I was there.
The bus journey there is over 5 hours and so I was so happy that I had booked to return by helicopter - which took 45 minutes including sightseeing and a high altitude snow landing which was great.
Still, overall, I was lucky , as 2 days later the one road in was blocked by an avalanche. All tours cancelled !!
How beautiful! Glad we chose the helicopter instead of plane. (Plane flights are cancelled more often due to weather conditions, which is a factor because it rains at Milford sound over 200 days out of the year.) The rain was interesting because it creates hundreds of waterfalls that cascade down the mountains!
The tour was well organised, the coach driver was good fun and very knowledgeable and the scenery was incredible. It was a no stress trip with a lot of great experiences, especially the helicopter ride from Milford back to Queenstown.
Bus drive and driver very good, so was boat trip. Helicopter flight was cancelled last minute, due to too little booking passengers, disappointment.
The bus tour was great, our bus driver was extremely knowledgeable and humorous. The nature boat tour was also enjoyable, the boat was great and commentary also informative and entertaining. We were thrilled to be able to take the helicopter ride home, but it was no where near 50 minutes, perhaps 35 minutes at best. It was awesomely beautiful but way too short for what we were promised and what we paid for.