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Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

See the dramatic landscape of the Fjordland National Park by air, water, and land on a full-day sightseeing trip from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound. Enjoy panoramic views on two 35-minute scenic flights, explore Lake Manapouri by ferry, cross Wilmot Pass, and cruise Doubtful Sound itself on a 3-hour wilderness boat trip. This 9-hour tour includes all activities, lunch and snacks, as well as round-trip transport from your Queenstown hotel.
  • Visit Doubtful Sound and Fjordland National Park
  • Full-day tour by plane, boat, and coach
  • See a UNESCO-listed landscape
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on Doubtful Sound
  • Two 35-minute sightseeing flights
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Queenstown
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Live Air Milford pilot commentary on board
Complimentary Tea and Coffee aboard Cruise
Picnic Lunch aboard the Cruise
Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide our complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start the day with 9am pickup at your accommodations in Queenstown, then make your way to the airport for the first 35-minute flight of the day, across a remarkable landscape of glacier-carved fjords and lakes. Touch down by Lake Manapouri, part of Fjordland National Park, and cross the scenic lake on a 1-hour ferry ride with views of mountains that come right to the water's edge. Transfer to a coach for the 1-hour trip across Wilmot Pass, which divides Doubtful Sound from Lake Manapouri.

Upon arrival at Doubtful Sound, board a boat for a 3-hour wilderness cruise through the stunning fjord, and watch for the fur seals and penguins that can often be spotted on the fjord’s many islets. You'll see waterfalls streaming from high cliffs, and a crowd-free, untouched landscape that's been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A picnic lunch, tea, and coffee will be served aboard the cruise.

When you return to shore, begin the return trip to Queenstown by coach, boat, and airplane. The landscape of Fjordland National Park changes with the passing light, so you’ll see Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri transformed as you travel through the afternoon. After touching back down at the Queenstown airport, meet a driver for drop-off at your hotel, where this 9-hour tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Air Milford
Arrive at the Air Milford base for a thorough pre-flight briefing with your pilot, before embarking on your 35 minuet flight to Manapouri.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
Fly over Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand's longest lake.
Pass By:  
Mavora Lakes Park
Your 35 minuet scenic flight takes in incredible views of the Mavora Lakes, which were famously used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
Pass By:  
Lake Te Anau
Fly past lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island of New Zealand.
Pass By:  
Te Anau Airport Manapouri
After your 35 minuet scenic flight concludes, arrive at the Manapouri airport, to meet your shuttle transfer to the Doubtful Sound excursion.
Stop At:  
Lake Manapouri
Take the ferry over Lake Manpouri, passing the largest hydro-electric power station in New Zealand. On arrival at West arm, take the bus over the spectacular Wilmot pass before descending into Doubtful Sound itself.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Doubtful Sound
On arrival at the fiord, embark on your 3hr cruise of Doubtful Sound. Often called 'the Sound of Silence,' there is a cloistered serenity within the fiord. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, often our visitors on a scenic excursion will see New Zealand Fur Seals and in the Penguin breeding season, the Fiordland crested penguins can be seen on many of the small islets in the entrance of the fiord. At 421 meters deep, Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct ‘arms’. It is also home to New Zealand’s highest waterfall – the Browne Falls at 836m (2,742 ft).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Manapouri
After your cruise of the fiord concludes, take the journey back over the Wilmot pass and then the ferry over lake Manapouri.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Te Anau Airport Manapouri
On arrival back in Manapouri, take the shuttle bus back to the airport, where your pilot will be waiting to take you on your scenic flight back to Queenstown.
Pass By:  
Air Milford
Arrive back at Air Milford base, before being transferred to your Queenstown accommodation.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Air Milford

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.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown.

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DOUBTFUL SOUND
BrianU704
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AMAZING experience and outstanding service from Air Milford, especially our pilot Jimmy. THANKS JIMMY!
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