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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight

Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


A Milford Sound cruise, scenic drive, and return helicopter ride complete this extraordinary day trip from Queenstown. See the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park by land, sea, and air, starting with vivid landscapes viewed through your glass-roof luxury coach along Milford Road. The cruise covers the entire length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, while the helicopter flight takes you over Mt Tutoko and Lake Wakatipu, with a brief landing on Donne Glacier (weather permitting).
  • Milford Sound day trip from Queenstown by land, sea, and air
  • See Milford Sound and its incredible natural beauty from all angles
  • Travel past Lake Wakatipu and the region’s alpine scenery, stopping for photo ops
  • Enjoy a cruise on the sound to see waterfalls and wildlife
  • Take an exhilarating helicopter flight over the sound
  • Land briefly on Donne Glacier, if the weather permits
  • Listen to interesting commentary throughout the day

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • One-way transport by air-conditioned coach from Queenstown to Milford Sound
  • 2-hour cruise with commentary and onboard nature guide
  • Coffee and tea on board cruise
  • Shuttle transfer to the airstrip
  • 40-minute helicopter flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (you may purchase morning tea in Te Anau and lunch on board the cruise)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 88 Beach Street, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

6:55 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Your Milford Sound day trip begins with hotel pickup in Queenstown, where you board a luxury coach. Through the glass roof, soak up legendary views of the Remarkables Range while traveling alongside Lake Wakatipu, then motor through the verdant countryside to Te Anau for morning tea (own expense).

Your driver shares insightful facts about the region as your scenic drive continues along Milford Road, aka Highway 94. The coach makes photo stops where you can stretch your legs and take in the alpine landscape of UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park.

Board the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer cruise boat upon arrival at Milford Sound. Meet the informative crew and prepare to be stunned by the fiord’s natural features as your cruise follows the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Hear commentary on the regional wildlife as you search the waters for New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and rare Fiordland penguins. Relax with provided tea and coffee, and snap postcard-worthy pics of lush waterfalls descending from steep-walled spires like famous Mitre Peak. Lunch is available for purchase at the onboard cafe when hunger calls (own expense).

After you disembark at the wharf, hop on a shuttle bus for the short drive to the airstrip for the helicopter flight that returns you to Queenstown. Your pilot flies over Milford Sound so you can appreciate the fiord along with glaciers, rivers, lakes, and rainforests from the air. Soar above Harrison Valley, Mt Tutoko, and shimmering Lake Wakatipu, and—if the weather cooperates—you may even experience a snow landing on Donne Glacier.

Upon return to Queenstown, your 3-in-1 tour ends with hotel drop-off.

Lake Wakatipu (Pass By)

Board a luxury coach in Queenstown and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Te Anau.


Lake Te Anau

After a short break in Te Anau the coach will continue along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road through impressive, awe-inspiring scenery.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Helicopters operate with a maximum of 6 people
  • Helicopter flights are weather dependent; if there are unfavorable weather conditions on the day of your tour and your helicopter cannot fly, you will return to Queenstown by coach and be refunded the difference (refund does not apply if only the snow landing is canceled due to weather)
  • Please wear or bring comfortable shoes, a waterproof jacket, warm clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Traveler Tips

Long bus trip so if you can get the plane or helicopter back.
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight
Julie_M, Nov 2018
A must do if in Queenstown. Beautiful scenery. Long bus trip so if you can get the plane or helicopter back. unfortunately our helicopter was cancelled due to weather but no problems in getting the refund.Lunch box on board a bit sad so take some food.
Unfortunately a rainy and windy...
Nathaniel K, Jan 2018
Unfortunately a rainy and windy day at Milford Sound. Activity is weather dependent. Still enjoyed the scenery: greenery, cliffs, waterfalls, ocean! Our trip back was great. Thanks to Phil, our helicopter pilot, for the extra stop for pictures of Lake Wakatipu - awesome view, great pictures sunny day on the summit. If you can afford the helicopter flight back, it is well worth the cost.
If your idea of a fun day is 8 hours...
MichaelJ_H, Jan 2017
If your idea of a fun day is 8 hours on a bus then this trip is for you. It was awful. We were supposed to travel by bus there and take a helicopter back. After the boat trip we arrived back at the bus to be told the weather was too bad and that the helicopters werent flying, almost literally as one flew over. So a bus ride back. I would never have taken this trip had I really thought we wouldnt fly back one way or another. A horrible day that actually put a damper on our 3 days in Queensland. I absolutely would not recommend this trip to anyone.
I enjoyed the bus trip to Queenstown...
Christine O, Dec 2016
I enjoyed the bus trip to Queenstown and the spectacular views from the boat. We were to get a helicopter back to Queenstown but the weather was not kind to us and this part of the trip was cancelled. We then had a 4 hour bus trip back.
a perfect combination first see the...
Danielle V, Aug 2016
a perfect combination first see the surroundings and the mirror lake, make a boat trip and instead of making the long journey back taking the helicopter with a glacier landing
Absolutely Amazing!! Helicopter...
Michael C, Mar 2015
Absolutely Amazing!! Helicopter flight was cancelled but flew back on fixed wing plane instead. We worth the cost of the tour.
Very good trip , only spoilt a bit...
David M, Nov 2014
Very good trip , only spoilt a bit by rain (snow at high altitude) on the way to Milford Sound and when I was there. The bus journey there is over 5 hours and so I was so happy that I had booked to return by helicopter - which took 45 minutes including sightseeing and a high altitude snow landing which was great. Still, overall, I was lucky , as 2 days later the one road in was blocked by an avalanche. All tours cancelled !!
The bus tour was great, our bus...
Lisa J, Jan 2014
The bus tour was great, our bus driver was extremely knowledgeable and humorous. The nature boat tour was also enjoyable, the boat was great and commentary also informative and entertaining. We were thrilled to be able to take the helicopter ride home, but it was no where near 50 minutes, perhaps 35 minutes at best. It was awesomely beautiful but way too short for what we were promised and what we paid for.
How beautiful! Glad we chose the...
Chad W, May 2013
How beautiful! Glad we chose the helicopter instead of plane. (Plane flights are cancelled more often due to weather conditions, which is a factor because it rains at Milford sound over 200 days out of the year.) The rain was interesting because it creates hundreds of waterfalls that cascade down the mountains!
The tour was well organised, the...
Ryan B, Nov 2011
The tour was well organised, the coach driver was good fun and very knowledgeable and the scenery was incredible. It was a no stress trip with a lot of great experiences, especially the helicopter ride from Milford back to Queenstown.


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