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A Milford Sound scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown completes this full-day tour by land, sea and sky. Before your 2-hour cruise, travel by coach to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, stopping at the Mirror Lakes. You’ll see the world-famous fiord, including Mitre Peak, and other natural glories from the water, then get a bird’s-eye view from the air that will take your breath away.


  • Experience Milford Sound from land, sea and sky on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Enjoy a scenic flight from from Mildford Sound to Queenstown
  • Explore the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park on a sighseeing Milford Sound cruise
  • View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound. It rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.
  • View the stunning Mirror Lakes

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What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Scenic Flight

Milford Sound Boat Cruise

Start your Queenstown departure to Milford Sound with hotel pickup by luxury coach, hugging the shores of sapphire-hued Lake Wakatipu with the rugged Remarkables range as your backdrop. Your guide stops for morning tea (own expense) in Te Anau, considered the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. 

Prepare to be wowed by the grandeur of the landscape throughout the scenic coach trip. Motoring through the Eglington Valley, you’ll pass alpine beech forests and pause for photo ops at the Mirror Lakes. Continue on to the Hollyford Valley, past Christie Falls and through the Homer Tunnel before coming upon the Cleddau Valley on the final leg into Milford Sound.

Your 2-hour cruise travels the length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. En route, you’re surrounded by dense rainforest and tumbling waterfalls that cascade from glacier-carved rock walls into the pristine waters of the sound. An informative crew provides commentary on spires like Mitre Peak, and helps you spot marine mammals and birdlife including New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and Fiordland penguins. 

If you’ve opted for lunch, enjoy a meal on board, before swapping your cruise boat for a Milford Sound scenic flight by light aircraft. The 1-way flight from Milford Sound back to Queenstown soars over Fiordland and other regions in New Zealand's untamed countryside, including the snow-capped Southern Alps (weather permitting).

Upon landing in Queenstown, your full-day tour ends with a ground transfer to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

vako Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Scene flight was AWESOME, highly recommended. The cruise itself was wonderful with lots of beautiful scenery.

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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Heather L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

a fantastic day trip with a very knowledgeable coach driver. scenery was absolutely fantastic, lunch on milford sound very good. cruise very good too. we were fourtunate to have great weather and were able to get our planned fixed wing transfer back to Queenstown. only took half an hour to get back. highly advisable and wot a view from the air. certailnly would recomend this tour to any one.

Gareth J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

It was a great tour made even better by the driver Bruce. Highly recommanded

Alison M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Outstanding! The flight back was so worth it!

Jeffrey K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

We had a great time visiting Milford. Our tour guide was great. The only bad thing was the weather that day caused the flights out of Milford to be canceled, but the boat tour of the sound and the stops that we made on the way to Milford more than made up for this.

Michael E United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

This involved an early start and a long coach drive, but the stunning views and cruise on Milford Sound made up for this. We had an excellent buffet lunch on board the Pride of Milford. Due to low clouds at Queenstown, we were unable to fly back and returned by coach, but this did not spoil the enjoyment of the day. The coach driver was excellent, stopping at various locations so that we could take photographs.

Angus W United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Awesome trip. The flight back was cancelled due to high winds, which was unseen BUT our excellent drive on the day sorted out for us to take the helicopter ride instead. This was a bonus as we landed on a glacier making this great trip even more memorable. Overall a must do and if you can take the flight option - DO!

Richard Pearce United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

An early start and long coach journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound. However, it was worth the trip for the spectacular scenery and cruise. We were even lucky enough to have dolphins follow the boat for some of the way. The bento box lunch was excellent good quality and plentiful and it avoided having to queue for the buffet food as it was at our table when we arrived on board. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the 40 minute flight back due to poor visibility no rain or snow but simply low cloud. The 4 hour return coach trip was comfortable but nothing exciting. We were offered a helicopter trip back but this was a lot more expensive. The refund for the flight portion of the trip was received quickly and without hassle.

Thomas H

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

Fantastic trip through a very beautiful area of the South Island of New Zealand. Bus driver was on time picking up from hotel and very knowledgeable in telling us what we were seeing on our 4 hours ride. We were lucky to have a perfect weather day! Lunch on the boat in Milford Sound was a bit of a disappointment in terms of food quality. Scenic flight and pilot were tremendous pilot was great about pointing out different things we were seeing. All in all a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend.

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