5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Scenic Flight

A Milford Sound scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown completes this full-day tour by land, sea and sky. Before your 2-hour cruise, travel by coach to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, stopping at the Mirror Lakes. You’ll see the world-famous fiord, including Mitre Peak, and other natural glories from the water, then get a bird’s-eye view from the air that will take your breath away.


  • Experience Milford Sound from land, sea and sky on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Enjoy a scenic flight from from Mildford Sound to Queenstown
  • Explore the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park on a sighseeing Milford Sound cruise
  • View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound. It rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes

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What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Scenic Flight

Milford Sound Boat Cruise

Start your Queenstown departure to Milford Sound with hotel pickup by luxury coach, hugging the shores of sapphire-hued Lake Wakatipu with the rugged Remarkables range as your backdrop. Your guide stops for morning tea (own expense) in Te Anau, considered the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. 

Prepare to be wowed by the grandeur of the landscape throughout the scenic coach trip. Motoring through the Eglington Valley, you’ll pass alpine beech forests and pause for photo ops at the Mirror Lakes. Continue on to the Hollyford Valley, past Christie Falls and through the Homer Tunnel before coming upon the Cleddau Valley on the final leg into Milford Sound.

Your 2-hour cruise travels the length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. En route, you’re surrounded by dense rainforest and tumbling waterfalls that cascade from glacier-carved rock walls into the pristine waters of the sound. An informative crew provides commentary on spires like Mitre Peak, and helps you spot marine mammals and birdlife including New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland penguins. 

If you’ve opted for lunch, enjoy a meal on board, before swapping your cruise boat for a Milford Sound scenic flight by light aircraft. The 1-way flight from Milford Sound back to Queenstown soars over Fiordland and other regions in New Zealand's untamed countryside, including the snow-capped Southern Alps (weather permitting).

Upon landing in Queenstown, your full-day tour ends with a ground transfer to your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Scene flight was AWESOME, highly recommended. The cruise itself was wonderful with lots of beautiful scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

a fantastic day trip with a very knowledgeable coach driver. scenery was absolutely fantastic, lunch on milford sound very good. cruise very good too. we were fourtunate to have great weather and were able to get our planned fixed wing transfer back to Queenstown. only took half an hour to get back. highly advisable and wot a view from the air. certailnly would recomend this tour to any one.

Gareth J
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

It was a great tour made even better by the driver Bruce. Highly recommanded

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Outstanding! The flight back was so worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

We had a great time visiting Milford. Our tour guide was great. The only bad thing was the weather that day caused the flights out of Milford to be canceled, but the boat tour of the sound and the stops that we made on the way to Milford more than made up for this.

Michael E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

This involved an early start and a long coach drive, but the stunning views and cruise on Milford Sound made up for this. We had an excellent buffet lunch on board the Pride of Milford. Due to low clouds at Queenstown, we were unable to fly back and returned by coach, but this did not spoil the enjoyment of the day. The coach driver was excellent, stopping at various locations so that we could take photographs.

Angus W
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Awesome trip. The flight back was cancelled due to high winds, which was unseen BUT our excellent drive on the day sorted out for us to take the helicopter ride instead. This was a bonus as we landed on a glacier making this great trip even more memorable. Overall a must do and if you can take the flight option - DO!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Beautiful sights! It took forever to get there but was well worth the trip. Most beautiful place in New Zealand was Milford Sound. The plane or helicopter ride back is so worth it! You get great aerial views of the majestic beauty that is NZ! Also, you get home so much faster than that long bus ride. I would recommend!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

Fantastic day.
Couch driver was a mine of information and pleny of stops
Great weather for the cruise, food on arrival prior to departing, well organised
Delayed scenic flight back, so had to hang around for a bit. Planes are small so photo oppertunities were somewhat limited, which if anything is a slight grumble.
That said, spectacular scenery throughout and we had a superb day

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