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How to Get to Milford Sound from Queenstown

How to Get to Milford Sound from Queenstown

The dramatic focal point of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a popular natural wonder on New Zealand’s South Island. Whether you want to cruise the fjord, soar overhead in a helicopter, or hike through the mountains, these are your options for Milton Sound tours from Queenstown. 

Half-Day Tours

Those short on time can take in the highlights on a half-day tour, with options including a combination flight and cruise with round-trip flights from Queenstown landing in the heart of Fiordland National Park. After taking in views from above, set out to cruise Milton Sound, enjoying photo stops at Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, and Mount Pembroke. Maximize your time by opting for a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off, and pre-book activities in advance.

Full-Day Tours

Full-day tours mean you can spend more time exploring and soak up the scenery on the spectacular drive from Queenstown. Enjoy panoramic views and ample photo opportunities aboard a glass-roofed coach or comfortable minivan as you drive the Milford Road, passing the Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Te Anau, and the Homer Tunnel. Most full-day tours include a range of activities, such as a boat cruise or scenic plane flight. 

Helicopter Tours

The sweeping glaciers, rugged mountains, and thundering waterfalls of Milford Sound are dazzling from the air, and helicopter tours offer the ultimate aerial view. Opt for a round-trip private or small-group flight from Queenstown; swoop over the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, and Tasman Sea; and touch down on Tukuko Glacier, Otago's Glacier Basin, or one of the west coast beaches. 

Things to Know

  • Milford Sound is located on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island, about 178 miles (287 kilometers) northwest of Queenstown.

  • The quickest way to get to Milford Sound is by plane, while by road, it’s at least a 4-hour journey each way. 

  • Day tours from Queenstown typically last between 10 and 13 hours.

  • Be sure to bring your camera, wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress according to the weather—it can get chilly out at sea.

  • Full-day tours differ in their inclusions, but many include hotel pickup, lunch, and sometimes extra activities.

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Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Half-Day Milford Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$347.23
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Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown

Milford Sound Experience Full Day from Queenstown

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Arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand, Milford Sound offers a sweeping landscape of jagged snow-capped mountains, shimmering fjords and lakes, towering waterfalls and emerald greenery. Travel with a small group by coach from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore this lush wilderness, including a boat cruise on the Milford Sound. You also see The Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu—New Zealand's longest lake, and Lake Te Anau—the South Island’s the largest lake.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$169.61
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Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown

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Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise by Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$121.44
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Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

Milford Sound Cruise with Optional Bus Tour

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Enjoy uninterrupted views of glacier-carved cliffs on a Milford Sound cruise aboard the Maiden of Milford, a 3-deck vessel. This sightseeing cruise through one of the South Island’s most stunning natural wonders takes 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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.60
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Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise

Luxury Milford Sound Coach and Scenic Cruise

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Cruise Milford Sound and explore New Zealand’s Fiordland on a full-day trip from Queenstown by luxury coach. See some of the South Island’s most dramatic scenery through the glass roof of the coach, then cruise past towering waterfalls and seal colonies to the Tasman Sea, choosing between open decks and cabins that are comfortable in any weather. With pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Queenstown, this Milford Sound trip is a spectacular day of scenery and wildlife in Fiordland National Park.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$152.40
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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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See the sheer cliffs of Milford Sound from the air and water on a half-day tour from Queenstown by sightseeing plane and catamaran. Fly over Fjordland National Park, part of a UNESCO-listed landscape, then touch down at Milford Sound for a cruise with drinks and lunch (for the midday departure) served on board. This tour is perfect for photography and wildlife watching, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Queenstown hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$347.23
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight

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Discover the best of the South Island on a land, sea, and sky tour from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, including Mitre Peak, by coach. Then board a cruise through Milford Sound while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch. A scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown completes this full-day tour offering a bird’s-eye view from the air that will take your breath away.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$467.05
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Milford Sound Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

Milford Sound Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

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Take a 1.5-hour helicopter tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown, including a landing in Milford Sound and a remote alpine landing. Fly into the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, soaring over the South Island’s most dramatic scenery, such as Mitre Peak. You'll land in the remote mountains near the fiord. Hear entertaining live commentary from your professional pilot who points out remote alpine lakes and the rugged mountain peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The round-trip helicopter flight includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$627.57
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Milford Sound Scenic Flight from Queenstown

Milford Sound Scenic Flight from Queenstown

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The UNESCO-listed landscapes of Milford Sound are even more spectacular from above. Take to the skies on a 1-hour and 20-minute round-trip flight from Queenstown; spot natural wonders such as Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls from the air; and enjoy unbeatable aerial views of the mountains, lakes and fjords of the Fiordland National Park.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Milford Sound and the Glaciers Helicopter Tour including Landing from Queenstown

Milford Sound and the Glaciers Helicopter Tour including Landing from Queenstown

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Soar above the scenery of Milford Sound and the glaciers on this helicopter tour from Queenstown. Get views of the sound, the glaciers, forests, and the Alps, culminating with a touchdown on a glacier. National park fees and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$763.26
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Milford and Fiordland Highlights Tour by Helicopter from Queenstown

Milford and Fiordland Highlights Tour by Helicopter from Queenstown

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This 2-hour helicopter tour flies you from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park and boasts unbeatable views from above. A professional pilot points out of the ice-capped Southern Alps, including glaciated lakes and forested valleys, before descending to Milford Sound. Make two landings — on a secluded beach and an alpine glacier — with time to explore and get the perfect photo op. Book your seat on a shared helicopter, or upgrade your experience to a private charter exclusive to your group.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$949.84
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Milford Sound Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Milford Sound Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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This 4-hour tour gets you quickly to Milford Sound from Queenstown the most scenic way — by helicopter. Swap the roadways for the skies, soaring over the Southern Alps then landing at Fiordland National Park while your pilot-guide provides commentary along the way. After an informative cruise on Milford Sound, with plenty of photo ops of waterfalls and Mitre Peak, you're treated to a second landing on a snow-capped peak. Book on a shared helicopter, or upgrade your experience to a private charter exclusive to your group.
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  • 4 hours
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