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.
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 sightseeing Milford Sound cruise
View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound
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.
Jump on a luxurious catamaran for a sightseeing cruise. 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.
Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch 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.
Reviews by Viator travelers
The weather on our May trip was...
, May 2017
The weather on our May trip was terrible. This area is best to visit in NZ's summer and spring. We saw many rainbows due to the rain, but rain prevented the beautiful views of mountains. Driver was amazing on the treacherous roads and was very knowledgeable about the area and told historical tales. Boat trip was ok, but the rain was a factor. Bring your own lunch as food on the boat was not the best. We did not get our flight due to weather. Viator is refunding our fee for the airplane.
An early start and long coach journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound. However, it was worth the trip for the spectacular scenery and cruise. We were even lucky enough to have dolphins follow the boat for some of the way. The bento box lunch was excellent good quality and plentiful and it avoided having to queue for the buffet food as it was at our table when we arrived on board. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the 40 minute flight back due to poor visibility no rain or snow but simply low cloud. The 4 hour return coach trip was comfortable but nothing exciting. We were offered a helicopter trip back but this was a lot more expensive. The refund for the flight portion of the trip was received quickly and without hassle.
Fantastic trip through a very beautiful area of the South Island of New Zealand. Bus driver was on time picking up from hotel and very knowledgeable in telling us what we were seeing on our 4 hours ride. We were lucky to have a perfect weather day! Lunch on the boat in Milford Sound was a bit of a disappointment in terms of food quality. Scenic flight and pilot were tremendous pilot was great about pointing out different things we were seeing. All in all a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend.
The coach journey and the boat trip were both fine and the beautiful weather made the day in the Fjord. What completely spoiled the day was that after getting off the boat, and thus with only fifteen minutes notice, our scenic flight back to Queenstown, which we had really been looking forward to, was cancelled. Considering that the weather was perfect, and that other plane companies were flying back to Queenstown, this was disappointing and unacceptably poor. It ruined our day.
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!
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.
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