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

Take a window seat for a scenic round-trip flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and see the splendor of Fiordland National Park from the air and sea. You'll board a 2-hour cruise past dramatic waterfalls and Mitre Peak as you travel to the Tasman Sea. Then soar over the Southern Alps on your return.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$358.11 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

Discover volcanic landscapes and breathtaking scenery on New Zealand’s South Island on this 9.5-hour Akaroa day trip from Christchurch. Take in top attractions including Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth with your guide. Ascend the Banks Peninsula for beautiful views over Akaroa Harbour and the volcanic crater. Then, sample locally made cheeses and admire colonial architecture around Akaroa. Cruise by catamaran into the harbor where diverse marine and bird life thrives, including rare Hector’s dolphins. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a delicious lunch in Akaroa Village.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

The glacial waters, soaring cliffs, and thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound are spectacular from all angles, and this half-day tour takes in all the highlights. Enjoy thrilling aerial views of the Fiordland National Park on a round-trip flight from Queenstown, and marvel at Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke on a scenic Milford Sound cruise. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$392.88 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a Milford Sound cruise while visiting UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Departing from Milford Wharf, this boat cruise glides past snow-capped Mitre Peak and waterfalls cascading down steep-walled mountains that rise straight up from the water. See Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point while searching the deep fiord for marine life including bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$31.99 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

Embark on a 3-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, starting from Te Anau or Manapouri. You’ll travel by coach to Manapouri Lake for a short boat ride, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass. En route, stop for alpine views of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, before taking in the dramatic landscapes, soaring peaks and wildlife of Doubtful Sound.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$184.27 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

See Milford Sound by air and water, flying round-trip from Queenstown for a small-craft boat cruise through the famous fiord. Save time on this half-day tour as you soar over the World Heritage–listed  landscape of Fiordland National Park. Landing at Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft and a sightseeing journey with experienced naturalists. You’ll learn about the wildlife and geology of the scenic waterways at one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders. Includes round-trip hotel transfers and a boxed lunch.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$392.88 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a Kaikoura whale-watching cruise. Look for impressive sperm whales along with migrating humpbacks and southern right whales, and search the waters for orcas and other dolphins as an experienced guide shares informative commentary. Visit a New Zealand fur seal colony on land, glimpse the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges and top off your full-day tour with a wine-tasting in North Canterbury. Includes optional lunch, with round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch to the picturesque town of Kaikoura.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$215.56 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Full-Day Milford Sound Walk and Cruise Including Scenic Flights from Queenstown

Experience the Milford Sound on foot, by air, and by water on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Soak in the sights of New Zealand as you fly to Milford Sound to meet your guide. Ride the ferry to the Milford Sound track, then hike for two hours to reach the Giant Gate Waterfall. Afterwards, relax on board a scenic Milford Sound boat cruise before returning to Queenstown by air. Includes lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$486.06 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

See the Eighth Wonder of the World on a Milford Sound cruise, led by a naturalist guide. Gliding past granite walls, glacier-fed waterfalls and stunning Mitre Peak aboard a smaller-sized vessel than most Milford Sound cruises, you’ll have great photo ops of this famous South Island attraction situated within the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Stay on the water for just over 2 hours, and be on the lookout for Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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$47.98 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound is one of the star attractions of New Zealand’s South Island, but its remote location makes it tricky to visit on a day tour. This full-day tour from Queenstown is ideal for those short on time, combining a thrilling drive along the famous Milford Road, a scenic cruise around the UNESCO-listed fjord, and the chance to spot seals, dolphins and penguins.
  • Duration: 12 hours 45 minutes
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$136.99 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours 45 minutes
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Milford Sound Day Trip from Queenstown by Coach, Cruise and Flight

Experience the landscape of Milford Sound and Fjordland National Park on mountain roadways, a 1-hour, 45-minute nature cruise, and a sightseeing flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Along the way you’ll see some of the South Island's most remarkable scenery, such as Eglinton Valley, the Mirror Lakes, Stirling Falls, and Sutherland Falls, and Milford Sound is ideal for spotting wildlife. This 9-hour combination tour includes transport by glass-roof coach, catamaran boat, and plane, as well as lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$431.13 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by boat

Located on the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Kaikoura is famous for the spectacular array of marine wildlife living off its shores—but to see the best of it, you have to take to the waves. On this tour, cruise into Kaikoura’s deep waters by speedy catamaran with running commentary throughout from your guide, and spot dolphins, seals, and sperm whales in their natural habitat.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$104.30 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Located in the heart of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound forms part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Explore the stunning fiord by air and water during a half-day excursion. The exhilarating, round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown includes a glacier landing on Mt. Tutoko. Perhaps spot dolphins, seals, and penguins during an unforgettable cruise.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$730.13 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a three-deck vessel. The 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders take you past vivid waterfalls to frolicking dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Meet at the pier or opt for a round-trip coach tour of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park from Queenstown, and stop for photographs and some short nature walks en route to Milford Sound.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour from Te Anau

Travel along the spectacular Milford Road on a full-day Milford Sound tour from Te Anau. Have the chance to see native wildlife like the endangered kea (an alpine parrot), seals, dolphins, and the Fiordland crested penguin. Visit Gunns Camp, take short walks to beautiful sights including the Chasm and Marian Cascade, and take a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on the Milford Sound. Includes entrance fees, boat cruise with live commentary, morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$117.52 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Join a Doubtful Sound cruise from Queenstown and discover this alpine gem nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Traveling by coach, you’ll take a ferry across Lake Manapouri and cross over Wilmot Pass for your 3-hour catamaran cruise. You’ll be struck by the fiord’s vivid beauty as you search for dolphins, fur seals and penguins amid a dramatic landscape of soaring granite peaks and crystal-clear waters. 
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$198.18 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

The UNESCO-listed Milford Sound is the postcard icon of New Zealand’s South Island – a dramatic fjord, ringed by jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. This 2-hour cruise checks off all the highlights, affording spectacular views of Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, and Mount Pembroke; passing the mighty Mitre Peak; and gliding out along the Tasman Sea coast.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife, including Hector’s dolphins, blue penguins and birdlife, on a narrated 2-hour Akaroa Harbour cruise. Ride a spacious luxury catamaran with prime views of the harbor’s sea caves and volcanic cliffs. Your skipper stops at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay and takes you past a New Zealand fur seal colony at Seal Bay.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$59.11 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise

Escape the crowds on a Milford Sound cruise aboard a spacious boat with a limited number of passengers. Get up-close views of New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and Fiordland-crested penguins from the luxury lounge in the upper cabin, where you can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits as you listen to the skipper’s narration. This boutique vessel provides a superior experience with unforgettable memories of highlights like Mitre Peak.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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$66.06 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Kayak Tour

This 2.5-hour Milford Sound cruise in UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park stops at the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, accessible only by boat. Your midday cruise on a smaller boat travels outside of peak hours, offering prime viewing and more time on the water than other tours. Hear informative commentary from naturalist guides on board, and enjoy a provided picnic lunch. Upgrade to include a 1-hour kayak excursion and paddle Harrison Cove in a small-group limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

Board the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts and a New Zealand cheeseboard while a pianist provides the ambiance. After dinner, join a walking tour of the farm to see demonstrations, or simply relax in the bar where you can purchase wine and other beverages, before the return boat trip to Queenstown.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$100.83 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise from Queenstown, Te Anau or Milford Sound

Travel to the Tasman Sea on a 2-hour Milford Sound cruise aboard the ‘Milford Mariner’ or ‘Milford Wanderer.’ Pass by the world-renowned Mitre Peak and drift alongside rushing waterfalls as you search for wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and Fiordland-crested penguins. An onboard nature specialist provides expert commentary. Hotel pickup and drop-off are available from Milford Sound, Queenstown and Te Anau by luxury coach.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Premier Helicopter Whale Watch

Hover above Kaikoura Canyon on an unforgettable helicopter flight in search of year-round sperm whales. If sighted, you’ll orbit the length of an entire whale while listening to your pilot’s commentary. Search the waters of the Kaikoura Peninsula for other marine life before an alpine landing in the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Please note, this is the only whale-watching helicopter tour fully permitted by New Zealand's Department of Conservation.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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