Experience the landscape of Milford Sound and Fjordland National Park on mountain roadways, a nature cruise, and a sightseeing flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Along the way, you’ll see some of the South Island's most remarkable scenery, such as Eglinton Valley, the Mirror Lakes, Stirling Falls, and Sutherland Falls, and Milford Sound is ideal for spotting wildlife. This combination tour includes transport by glass-roof coach, catamaran boat, and plane, as well as lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Full-day Milford Sound trip by bus, boat, and plane
Get an early start on the day with pickup at your hotel in Queenstown (exact departure time depends on the location of your hotel). Board a glass-roof sightseeing coach for the trip to Milford Sound, which passes through the rugged mountain terrain of Fjordland National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Pause for morning tea in Te Anau, then continue through the Southern Alps and Eglinton Valley, which has thick forests climbing its glacially-carved, U-shaped sides. Milford Road winds through a series of highlights, from Mirror Lakes to Knobs Flat and Homer Tunnel, a .75-mile (1.2-km) tunnel carved through solid rock.
Upon arrival in Milford Sound, board a sightseeing catamaran boat for a trip down the full length of the 7.5-mile (12 km) fjord. A picnic lunch, coffee, and tea will be served on deck, and the catamaran features outdoor viewing decks for wildlife watching and photography.
Following the Milford Sound cruise, transfer to a landing strip for the return flight to Queenstown. You’ll have aerial views of the alpine lakes and waterfalls that are deep inside Fjordland National Park during the sightseeing flight, and the pilot will point out landmarks on the ground including Sutherland Falls, which spans 1,904 feet (580 meters). After touching back down in Queenstown, this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Fabulous Fiordland in a day.
, Apr 2019
A perfect day with sun shining on new snow Hamish our Gray Line coach driver was great. Safe and informative. His commentary and area knowledge perfectly pitched with strategic stops for photos.
The cruise outstanding and then the flight back to Queenstown with Air Milford a spectacular wondeland. This is a must do day trip.
I highly recommend this trip!! I am so glad we did not drive ourselves so we could enjoy the scenery throughout the drive. If you can, request Eric as your driver!! Eric is fantastic and very knowledgeable!! Due to weather our flight was cancelled the company helped us by making arrangements for us to return by helicopter with another tour company- they could have easy have said we needed to take the cruise back vs helping accommodate us. This tour was the highlight of our trip to NZ.
Well worth the time. Gorgeous weather and scenic bus drive there with a knowledgeable and fun driver/guide. Nice cruise and a great flight home...well worth the money to get ti see the mountains from up top.
The Millford Sound was absolutely incredible, I very highly recommend going out to see it if you're in Queenstown. This specific tour was a really great way to experience it. The bus was brand new and had USB ports for each seat to charge phones, cameras, etc. Our driver had a nice dry sense of humor and was very knowledgable about the region. He pointed out a number of very beautiful points, backed up with interesting facts about each, and knew the answers to a number of questions posed by the guests.
The cruise was incredible in all aspects. The staff working the boat were really friendly and came to talk to each of us to tell us about the locations we were seeing. The driver of the boat took us exceptionally close to a number of interesting sites, including resting seals and a number of waterfalls.
Finally, our flight back was really cool. The bird's-eye view of the area wrapped things up perfectly. Our pilot was clearly very experienced - the area is exceedingly windy, so it's not the easiest flight, but our pilot was able to keep the plane as steady as can be.
For us, the combination of coach, cruise and flight was the best way. Glad to have joined the coach tour that allowed us to travel through Milford Sound Highway and stop by Mirror Lake, The Divide, etc. Our Grayline driver Roland was great. Milford Cruise used a smaller boat that allowed it to go near Stirling Falls which in turn gave us an enjoyable experience in soaking up glacier water. Hot beverages were on hand to warm our cold bones. Air Milford gave us a bird's eyeview of the Fiordlands and brought us back to Queenstown faster, I guess we were lucky to have had perfect weather.
The coach trip to Milford Sound with the guide Johnno was excellent - he squeezed in as much as possible. The cruise was ok, and the flight return to Queenstown was a bit bumpy as reflected by the mountains around and the weather, but our pilot was suitably reassuring and all went well,
We loved traveling with Paulie on the coach to Milford Sound. He made what could have a long bus ride into an educational, fun trip. His knowledge about the plants and wildlife and entertaining stories about his hiking and paragliding adventures made the trip seem much shorter. Lots of stops for pics and toilet breaks. The boat ride on the sound was as gorgeous as advertised and the flight back although only 20 minutes was spectacular. Must have taken 50 pics with my phone. Definitely recommend as a perfect way to see and learn about a beautiful area of the South Island.
Fantastic trip. The only negative was a leaky bus water. The ride was beautiful. The cruise on the harbor was out of worldly. Simply a unique event. Unfortunately the weather wouldn't allow us to fly back. Next time. I'm sure the bus was a one off thing. Highly recommend!!!