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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
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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.
  • Round-trip helicopter tour and Milford Sound cruise from Queenstown
  • Glacier landing in Fiordland National Park
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Landing and facility fees
Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
Hotel pickup and drop-off
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select your departure time at booking. Then board a modern 6-seater Airbus Squirrel after a hotel transfer to the helicopter base in Queenstown. 

Slip on your audio headset to hear the pilot's commentary as you take off for Milford Sound. Upon landing at the famous fiord, embark on a scenic cruise that takes you past Milford's sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Search the waters for dolphins, seals, and penguins.

Then re-board the helicopter for an aerial tour, soaring above ice falls to touch down on Mt. Tutoko, a glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park. (Glacier landings are subject to weather conditions and flight paths, which may change at the pilot’s discretion.)

On arrival back in Queenstown, a courtesy shuttle transfers you back to your hotel.
Pass By:  
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Flying over the Fiordland national park
Stop At:  
Milford Sound
Enjoy a scenic boat cruise whilst in the sound.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Milford Sound
Experience Milford Sound
Pass By:  
Milford Sound
Aerial views of the stunning sound
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Our day was very windy but mild so a windbreaker and hat come in handy." See review
  • "There is a fair cost involved but it is worth every cent." See review
  • "I would recommend taking the helicopter because the scenery is indescribable." See review


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One of a Kind Experience
, Feb 2020
It was one of a kind experience. It is a must do if within your means. I was short on time and needed excursions to be time-saving. The views from above are breathtaking. We saw a goat on the glacier, lazily basking under the sun, while flying by to Milford Sound. Then a cruise on the fjord. We came very close to the falls. It was majestic. On our way back, we landed on a glacier for more a stunning views. I would do this again and go more places in a heart beat.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Kia ora! Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear you had incredible experience with us! We hope to see you again in the future
Do. Not. Miss.
, Jan 2020
Whenever we leave a destination our motto has been NOT to say these words: “I wish I had done that!” I’ve been in (and out) of helicopters many many times. Mostly getting paid to do so by Uncle Sam. This was a topper. You often hear people say “that will take your breath away”. This actually does. Our young NZ pilot Jeremy was absolutely first class. The right mix of area knowledge, care and attention to detail, and comfortable interaction with the passengers. We were lucky to fly in the “Maserati” (his words) of the Queenstown fleet. Getting to Milford Sound requires extreme luck weather wise. Out of 100 days, maybe 25-30 days the choppers get up. Of that 30, 60% stop short of the Sound and get a trip rebate. We were actually delayed twice before takeoff and odds were 50/50 the ceiling around Milford would clear. This is an extraordinarily safe undertaking. The clouds cleared and the ship ride up the sound after arriving, while gorgeous almost seemed anticlimactic. Stopping and standing on a Glacier is not something you’d do everyday. Jeremys piloting was so effortless you could barely be concerned as the helicopter climber the glacier face and dipped down the opposite side. Too bad Viator won’t attach videos I think we all took marketing productions. Just a word of warning: don’t leave Queenstown and say : “I wish I had done that!”
Fantastic Experience!
, Jan 2020
Excellent from start to finish. Far exceeded my expectations, the helicopter pilot's experience made for a thrilling and informative trip. Milford Sound was beautiful, we were lucky enought to see some dolphins too. I would highly recommend this trip.
Unforgettable Experience
Emma N
, Oct 2019
We did the Milford Sound Helicopter and cruise and it was one of the best experiences of our lives! From pick up at our hotel to drop off back in town everything was spot on! The team were super friendly and helpful when we needed to change our booking and on the day. Our pilot was Luke and he was brilliant! The flight itself was just unbelievable, we were initially lost for words! Luke was very knowledgable and gave us lots of commentary on the area. Landing on top of a mountain in the snow was definitely an experience to remember. The whole flight was very smooth. There is a fair cost involved but it is worth every cent. Can't recommend it highly enough and I would absolutely do it again! Many thanks to Luke and the team!
Helicopter ride to Milford Sound
, May 2019
Trip of a lifetime and this excursion was the best part. They were so accommodating to my family. We landed on a mountain top and had a gender reveal that the pilot so graciously videoed. I would recommend taking the helicopter because the scenery is indescribable.
This MUST be your highest priority experience when visiting Queenstown
, Dec 2018
The service provided by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters (in particular Pilot ‘Stu’ and customer service member ‘Melissa), were without doubt the single most memorable experience of our trip to Queeenstown. The friendly, professional, experienced and considerate service will guarantee a memory of a lifetime. I am unable to recommend them high enough. So much more than I ever hoped or expected.
Excellent trip
, Nov 2018
We were lucky with weather and had a fantastic helicopter tour with family. Definitely recommended to anyone
Very nice tour! We loved the...
Karolina B
, Dec 2017
Very nice tour! We loved the helicopter flight-- it affords some amazing views along the way. The cruise was great, but be prepared for the weather if you want to enjoy the top deck. Our day was very windy but mild so a windbreaker and hat come in handy. Worth it though-- we saw penguins and seals along the shore.
This was truly awesome. The pilot...
Aaron S
, May 2017
This was truly awesome. The pilot Alfie was excellent and the cruise was amazing. This is an absolute must to any traveller to New Zealand's South Island
Helicopter view of the gorgeous...
Juan Antonio P
, Feb 2017
Helicopter view of the gorgeous landscape is a must. Fiord cruise gives a close contact with the magnificiency of the place. Highly priced due to the high demand, it is worth to do it.

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