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.
Half-day Milford Sound flight and cruise from Queenstown
Enjoy round-trip flights from Queenstown to Milford Sound
Admire spectacular aerial views of the Fiordland National Park and Sutherland falls
Set sail on a cruise around the UNESCO-listed Milford Sound
Live on-board commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Save time—see the best of Milford Sound in half a day by opting for round-trip flights and a scenic cruise.
Your aerial adventure begins with pick-up from your central Queenstown hotel and a short transfer to the airport in time for departure. After meeting your pilot and receiving a safety briefing, jump aboard your fixed wing aircraft and take off over the city.
Listen to your pilot’s on-board commentary as you soar over the Paradise region, made famous in films such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, then fly above the vast Skippers Canyon and the glittering Donne glacier. Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Milford Sound as you come in to land at the edge of the fjord.
Your pilot will escort you to the boat docks for the second part of your adventure—a cruise around Milford Sound. Marvel at the dramatic UNESCO-listed landscapes as you cruise around the fjord and look out for wildlife such as fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland crested penguins. Along the way, spot natural wonders like the 525-foot (160-meter) high Bowen Falls, the striking hanging valley of Sinbad Gully, and the snow-capped peak of Mitre Peak, one of New Zealand’s most photographed landmarks.
At the end of your cruise, return to the airfield for your return flight and enjoy an alternative route, passing over the Fiordland National Park and taking in dramatic views of the 1,904-foot (580-meter) high Sutherland Falls.
On arrival back in Queenstown, a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Pure enjoyment and the weather was perfect!
, Apr 2019
The flight over to Milford sound was amazing and the pilot was very knowledgeable of the mountains and glaciers.
I literally teared up on the flight to Milford Sound - you get to see so much amazing beauty from a wonderful perspective. The cruise part was great too - they take moments to stop by a couple key photo-op spots to make sure you have a chance to get the picture you want.
A must not miss experience...Fantabulous and we enjoyed every bit of it! The Aerial view of the mountains and glaciers followed by the views from the cruise completed the experience of viewing Milford Sound from all angles...The Lunch buffet was excellent and the staff were very courteous. The logistics were excellently coordinated between the flight and the cruise.
One of the most exhilarating travel experiences we could wish for. Flying between snow capped mountains, great commentary from the pilot and a memorable spectacular cruise of the full length of Milford Sound.
The flight down to Milford was a great experience with detailed commentary from James the pilot. The landing on the Milford air strip was first class as we negotiated our way down to sea level. We had a great cruise on the Milford Adventurer and enjoyed the flight back to Queenstown. I recommend this trip and rate it 5 stars. John and Janice
The weather prevented us flying directly to Milford however we flew to Teanu and drove in a 16 seater with an expert guide. I think the experience ended up being better and we saw the most amazing scenery and were able to get out and take photos. Absolutely brilliant