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See Milford Sound by air and water, flying round-trip from Queenstown for a small-craft boat cruise through the famous fiord. Save time on this half-day tour as you soar over the World Heritage–listed  landscape of Fiordland National Park. Landing at Milford Sound, trade your wings for watercraft and a sightseeing journey with experienced naturalists. You’ll learn about the wildlife and geology of the scenic waterways at one of New Zealand’s top natural wonders. Includes round-trip hotel transfers and a boxed lunch.


  • Half-day Milford Sound tour from Queenstown by air and water
  • Enjoy great views of Milford Sound during a scenic flight
  • Appreciate the grandeur of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu
  • Wind through the waterways of the sound on a smaller boat that provides an up-close look at cliff walls
  • Taste pure glacier water at one of the waterfalls
  • Learn about the region from the pilot and boat crew
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Queenstown

What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

Take a cruise through Milford Sound.

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Milford Sound, one of the South Island’s top destinations. Your half-day tour begins with hotel pickup in Queenstown and a transfer to the airport for check-in and a safety briefing.
Taking off to Milford Sound, your pilot narrates the natural wonders located within Fiordland National Park, part of the UNESCO-listed region of Te Wahipounamu. Peer through the aircraft’s large windows for optimal viewing of the unfolding scene below, including blue waterways that cut through the dramatic, snow-dusted Southern Alps. 
After a gentle landing at the airstrip in Milford Sound, swap your plane for the boat, which carries a maximum of 75 passengers compared to a typical 300. The smaller-sized craft allows your captain to bring the boat up close to majestic cliff faces and cascades. 
Expert naturalists inform you about Milford Sound’s geology and any wildlife sightings including fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland crested penguins. Snap photos of Mitre Peak and taste pure water from the glacial melt at Stirling Falls.
You have the option to pre-order a boxed lunch to be served during your cruise (sample menu below); otherwise, purchase a meal or snack from the onboard cafe. Complimentary tea and coffee are provided to warm you throughout the 2.5-hour cruise.
If you’re interested in learning about boat operations firsthand, be sure to visit the captain’s bridge during the return voyage. Then disembark on shore for the scenic flight back to Queenstown, where you’ll make a ground transfer back to your hotel.
Sample boxed lunch menu (subject to change):
  • Ham and cheese roll
  • Chicken drumstick
  • Seasonal salad with dressing
  • Soup and bread (winter only)
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Packaged biscuit
  • Chocolate bar
  • Juice, tea and coffee

Customer Reviews

James L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a tremendous excursion. I was mostly looking forward to the cruise, but the flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound was really even more spectacular. We flew with Hank, the owner of Air Milford, and he was very professional, courteous and an excellent tour guide as well as pilot. The cruise also lived up to expectations, even though it was cloudy and cold. Highly recommended.

Julie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The flight over the mountains to Milford Sound is arguable prettier and more exciting than the fjord itself. Air Milford did a good job of flying and organizing.

Jennifer J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was wonderful, just a 30 minute flight each way rather than a 5 hour drive! The Milford Sound was spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Be wary of bad weather though as spoke to a few people who couldn and #39;t do flights for that reason, even if it looks like a lovely day in queenstown.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was a amazing trip. The best part of this trip is on the plane. It is really beautiful looking down at snow mountains, rivers, lakes, farms and sea.

Jasinta T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing view that worth every dollars! The pilot was very experienced and knowledgeable. It sure beats having to drive for hours with little kids in tow.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous experience from start to finish. Exceptional flight with quick connections from pick up at hotel to plane to shuttle to cruise and back. The beautiful day on the sound was magical. The personnel on board were friendly and knowledgeable. We saw dolphins playing and jumping in the water. The waterfalls were gorgeous! HIGHLY recommend this tour!!

Gwendolyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was by far my favorite excursion on my recent vacation. The plane ride was exceptional and the boat trip through the sound was spectacular. Due to the rain the day before there were lots of waterfalls to be seen. The food was great on the boat. A very enjoyable day.

Marc H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We decided to fly both ways so we wouldn't have a long day. The flight would also provide scenic views not visible any other way. We had to delay a day for weather but the flight was fantastic, Antony and Stacey were great and did their best to show us all the sights on the flight.

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