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Milford Sound Tour with Flight, Cruise and Jet Boat Adventure from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited natural wonders and this full-day tour allows you to experience the UNESCO-listed landscapes from all angles. Soar over the mountains and lakes of the Fiordland National Park on a small-plane flight; enjoy a cruise across Milford Sound; zip along the Dart River on a jet boat; and get close to nature on a forest hike.
  • Full-day flight, cruise, and hiking tour of Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • Marvel at the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park on a scenic flight
  • Admire natural wonders such as Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke on a cruise of Milford Sound
  • Zip along the Dart River on a jet boat ride
  • Spot native wildlife on a guided forest hike
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, round-trip transport, and all activities

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Flying to Milford Sound saves time, so you can trade driving time for cruising, jet boating, and hiking.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Lunch - Picnic Lunch can be purchased for $21 NZD per person

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • 39 Lucas Place, 39 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Departure Point: Pickup from your hotel, or you can drive to the base (address on voucher) Address: 39 Lucas Place Dates: Daily Return point: Complimentary transfers are provided to and from accommodation

Pickup Details

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Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

Hotel pick-up commences approx. 30-60 min prior.

What To Expect

Your tour begins with pick-up from your Queenstown hotel and a short transfer to the hangar to board your flight. Take off for the flight to Milford Sound and admire spectacular views over the Fiordland National Park, as you swoop over the snow-capped peaks, glittering lakes, and dramatic fjords.

After touching down in Milford Sound, enjoy the fjord from a different perspective as you set sail on a cruise. Keep your camera close to hand as you cruise past natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mount Pembroke.

Climb onto your boat’s viewing platform to get a better view of the local wildlife, including colonies of fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. As you continue towards the Tasman Sea coast, pass beneath the distinctive 5,551-foot (1,692 meters) mountain of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.

Back on dry land, your driver is waiting to transfer you to the Milford Sound Airstrip, where you board a second flight to Glenorchy. Here, jump aboard a jet boat for a thrilling cruise along the Dart River, into the heart of the Mt. Aspiring National Park, a filming location for the 'Lord of the Rings' movies. You also have a chance for a closer encounter with the park’s diverse wildlife and discover the region’s rich Maori heritage on a guided walk through the forest.

After an action-packed day, you are transferred by coach back to Queenstown where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: Flights are weather dependent - you will be notified an hour prior to departure time if the weather is appropriate to proceed.

Milford Sound Scenic Flights

You will be notified an hour prior to departure time if the weather is appropriate to proceed. Your complimentary transfer from your Queenstown accommodation will pick you up 5 minutes later. You can drive out to the Hangar as well if you would like.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Milford Sound

After checking in for the flights you will be taken on a 40-minute scenic plane flight to Milford Sound. You will experience majestic views of the Fiordland National Park including mountains, lakes and fiords. After landing in Milford Sound you will them meet your boat cruise and experience Milford Sound up close while enjoying a full length 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound. Once your cruise finishes you will be then taken to the Milford Sound Airstrip where you will be met by your Aircraft and taken on a 40-minute scenic flight back to Glenorchy.

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will be notified an hour prior to departure time if the weather is appropriate to proceed. Your complimentary transfer from your Queenstown accommodation will pick you up 5 minutes later.
  • There is a minimum height restriction for the Jet Boat portion of the trip which is 1 metre tall
Operated by Milford Sound Scenic Flights

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

I suggest you allow an extra day in the area in case the weather doesnt work.
It was canceled in the morning, joined at noon, devided the trip into 2 days.. What a mess!
This is such a beautiful area of the world, it is great to see it from the air!
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Gary_A, Mar 2020
We were wrestling with CV19 nerves and possible weather issues. We got a call in advance offering to move or flight and cruise up a day to stay ahead of impending weather. We ended up with an amazing day in the air and on the Sound. Admins, pilots and boat captain were great and all delivered an amazing experience. Got a bit wet on the jet boat the following day but we were well taken care of with heavy warm spray coats and the boat handle holds were heated! Still had a great time. Highly recommend the whole package.
Doesn't get much better than this!
Todd_V, Mar 2020
This was truly one of the best travel experiences I've ever had! As I was short on time and traveling solo, being able to combine Milford Sound and a jet boat tour was ideal. From the get go, communication with the company through email came with virtually instantaneous, helpful and courteous responses - every employee from start to finish, specifically the pilots, ship and jet boat operators, were equal parts charming, capable and professional. Throughout the morning (flights and cruise), everything worked like clockwork. I was lucky to get excellent weather and had amazing views on both flights and the cruise. The cruise was only halfway full so there was plenty of room to spread out and enjoy oneself without jockeying for position. We were very fortunate to see wildlife including dolphins, seals and penguins, too! On the second flight leg to Glenorchy, I had the flight to myself (No one else had booked the same tour) and that was exceptional - the pilot was fantastic. The afternoon with Dart River cruises was quite enjoyable as well. There was a bit more waiting around for this part of the day as they obviously have lots of customers to manage (especially with loading and unloading buses and jet boats) but they did a great job of moving the operation along. The scenery in the area is incredible and the jet boat was the perfect was to take it in! Also, there was time before and after the jet boat tour to grab a coffee or a snack and explore around Glenorchy. This tour was entirely worth it...every penny. Highly highly recommend with the caveat that it is largely dependent on weather.
Just fabulous!
John_S, Mar 2020
Words cannot express the beauty of these flights. We went on early flight so got to Milford Sound before convoys. It was peaceful and stunning. The jet boat part was not so well organised. However, overall our best trip of a fantastic holiday.
Beautiful flight
Elaine_h, Feb 2020
This is such a beautiful area of the world, it is great to see it from the air! Our trip had some glitches due to bad weather arriving, (we had to do a round trip flight from Q town airport, vs. a landing in Milford Sound airstrip and another flight to Dart River) but they revised the trip some, and gave me a partial credit due to the changes. The flight was magnificent!! The Sound cruise had to not occur, and I got to the Dart River via their bus transport, which was fine. I made a mistake though, would have preferred to do the Dart River in the canyon area ("Shotover") instead of the more open area. My fault for not paying close enough attention. The flight was fabulous, though!! I went solo, but of course there were others in the plane/bus/boat.
Thank you
vule, Feb 2020
Excellent! On time, informative and friendly pilot / jetboat rider. Love the cruise too. I love the picnic box on the cruise. Thank you!
A must do!!
grainner_313, Jan 2020
Such a wonderful day our. Milford Sound is just breathtaking and seeing to by air and sea is the only way to do it. The jet boating was brilliant fun, such a great experience. Tip: book Milford sound for your first day so if it doesnt go ahead for weather reaaons, you can reschedule for an alternative day while you are there
Weather last minute alert
naffen, Oct 2019
The tour in amazing if you can have it. It was canceled in the morning, joined at noon, devided the trip into 2 days.. What a mess! However, it was wonderful! The flight is exciting! We saw seals and a penguin on our cruise, the fast jet what a lovely experience! Very recommend, but ricky for cancelations
So disappointed
Charles P, Jan 2019
I was so excited for this trip. Monday morning in Queenstown was sunny and clear. Nevertheless when we called at 6:45 am as directed, a recorded voice told me that I trip had been cancelled due to bad weather at the Sound. Speaking to someone later about alternative plans, I was told that the next day:trip likely would also be cancelled. No probability figure is in your ads. I am so sorry we missed this trip and seeing the fjords. If I had know that there was a high probability of our trip being cancelled, I would have made totally different plans. I couldn’t change our agenda on a days notice, Janet
Very Disappointing
Sue S, Jan 2019
The tour was cancelled due to windy weather which we totally understand the problem was the way they kept delaying making a decision asking us to call them back four times in a row with increments between 15 and 5 minutes apart how would that period of time made any difference to the outcome? The tour was on the 10 January $1363 today is the 14th we still have not been contacted in relation to our refund so I contacted them the response being Viator have not heard from the tour operator so they will contact them and then get back to us taking anywhere between 7 to 10 working days. What a joke get your act together and return my money.
Milford Sound Tour
Laura_M, Sept 2018
This tour covered many attractions that it would normally take a few days to see and was really well organized. The scenery was beautiful on the flights, cruise, and jet boat excursions. Staff was really friendly and good as well.
Most incredible day ever...(and we've had lots of incredible days)
Amy_D, July 2018
Incredible day. Smoothly orchestrated, lovely people running each activity from Nely on the phone to Nadia in the air to Mark on the boat and Ian in the forest. Professional, fun, kind and accommodating to the last when we needed a lift to our car back at the airport. Worth every cent. Amazing, unforgettable experience!
Unfortunately, the 8 am flight was...
Jim H, Mar 2018
Unfortunately, the 8 am flight was cancelled due to weather which eliminated the 2nd part of the tour including the jet boat ride etc. Having said that the flight in and out of the sound was amazing despite cloudy weather and the boat tour was beautiful.
The Milford Sound flight and cruise...
Rimas R, Mar 2018
The Milford Sound flight and cruise are just amazing, bucket-list items. By far the highlight of our time in NZ. After that, there is quite a bit of time between when you get dropped off in Glenorchy and when the jet boat tour starts, so you can explore the little town and get a bite to eat at one of the handful of cafes. The 30-minute guided hike through the forest is not all that interesting, but the jet boat ride is terrific fun and it takes you through some really beautiful country.
Fantastic!! I can't say enough about...
Bernard_R, Feb 2018
Fantastic!! I can't say enough about how wonderful this tour was! From the pick up at our hotel to the drop off and everything in between! The flight was amazing and we lucked out because we had an absolutely gorgeous day - sunny and zero wind - so we were able to fly right past the mountains and glaciers! The cruise was fun and relaxing. The tour of the forest was cool with lots of info on middle earth and the jet boat adventure was spectacular! Loved it! Highly recommend
The Jet boat tour was by far the...
Ron H, Jan 2018
The Jet boat tour was by far the outstanding portion of the trip. Transfers between all the different locations were not always handled very efficiently. Too much time spent standing around waiting for drivers.
Our wonderful pilot was Andy, he was...
Pamela C, Dec 2017
Our wonderful pilot was Andy, he was very professional, courteous and patient with our questions. The plane felt safe and was clean and ran smoothly. We flew right next to the Alps which was incredible and the whole view of the mountains, valleys and alps were breathtaking!
This tour was the highlight of our 2...
pcfrederick, Dec 2017
This tour was the highlight of our 2 week NZ adventure. It's simply priceless to view the beauty of the mountains and then the Tasman Sea from the sky. Milford Sound is breathtaking from both the plane and the boat. We also loved the Dart River jet boat tour following the flight to Glenorchy. Our guide, Liam was terrific and made it even more enjoyable. Highly recommend this tour of 3 fantastic adventures in one day including the scenic flight. Both vendors displayed professionalism and great customer service. They aim to please and that can be difficult when weather doesn't cooperate. We had a cancelled day so be sure to plan for the earliest day of your stay and then other days can be considered if the first or second day has to be cancelled due to weather/low hanging clouds.
What a day!! The flight to...
Scott C, Oct 2017
What a day!! The flight to Milford Sound from Queenstown was breathtaking. The views as you fly over the mountains have to be seen to be believed. The cruise along the Sound was superb as well. As well as the views of the stunning scenery, the opportunity for a landlubber like myself to see the local seal population either lazing on the rocks or splashing about in the water was not to be missed. Again, the flight to Glenorchy was stunning. The hour or so take in the sights of the town and grab a bit of lunch was just about right for timing, and the choice of places to eat for such a small town was rather good in my opinion. The jet boat trip on the Dart River was possibly the highlight of an already amazing tour! The combination of the stunning scenery and the thrill of the jet boat's speed made for an unforgettable afternoon. If you are planning to go to the Queenstown area, I really could not recommend this trip highly enough. Superb! :
I cannot recommend this tour enough...
Jill I, Apr 2017
I cannot recommend this tour enough! Stunning views from both the planes and the Milford Sound river cruise and a very enjoyable afternoon on the jet boat including a very interesting and informative bush walk. Our guide Blair, our pilot Andy and jet boat driver Morgan were all brilliant, really friendly and good fun. This was my favourite day of our three week trip around New Zealand!
This was our most amazing day in New...
Mary F, Mar 2017
This was our most amazing day in New Zealand. The flight with Cory from Queenstown was incredible over the mountain ranges, waterfulls and glaciers. Our cruise on the Mitre Peak with Captain Dave was beautiful and the dolphins swimming in the boat wake was so fun to see and watch. Our 2nd flight of the day to Glenorchy was also wonderful with more beautiful scenary and pristine lakes among the mountains. Thank you Cory for being a great pilot and guide. The Glenorchy nature walk and coach ride to the Jet boat with Alex was fun and very informative with information on the filming of the Lord of the Rings done in the area. The jet boat adventure with Finn was really incredible. Such great fun and amazing in the Dart River. A real must fo. Then finishing the day was the 40 minute coach ride from Glenorchy back to Queenstown with Brad. Indeed it was one of the most beautiful stretchs of road in New Zealand. Thank you all for a really wonderful and just perfect day. The weather was sunny, with blue skies and about 70 degrees. Perfect.


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