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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 2-hour cruise covers the entire length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea, while the 40-minute 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 2-hour cruise on the sound to see waterfalls and wildlife
  • Take an exhilarating helicopter flight over the sound and Mt Tutoko
  • Land briefly on Donne Glacier, if the weather permits
  • Listen to interesting commentary throughout the day
Your Milford Sound day trip begins with hotel pickup in Queenstown, where you’ll 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 5-hour 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 2-hour 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 40-minute 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. You’ll 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.


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, 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.

, Aug 2018

amazing day!

, 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.

, Nov 2017

scenic view and the best experience ever.

, Jan 2017

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.

, 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.

, 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

, Mar 2015

Absolutely Amazing!! Helicopter flight was cancelled but flew back on fixed wing plane instead. We worth the cost of the tour.

, Dec 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 !!

, 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.

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