• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Take a window seat for a scenic round-trip flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and see the splendor of Fiordland National Park from the air and sea. You'll board a 2-hour cruise past dramatic waterfalls and Mitre Peak as you travel to the Tasman Sea. Then soar over the Southern Alps on your return.


  • Milford Sound combo: round-trip scenic flight and cruise
  • Cruise the length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea
  • Fly over Fiordland and the Southern Alps
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included from Queenstown

What You Can Expect

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise with Scenic Round-Trip Flight from Queenstown

Cruise with Mitre Peak Cruises

You're picked up at your hotel in Queenstown at your selected departure time, or you can opt to self-drive to the hangar. On arrival, you'll be checked in and provided with a window seat aboard the aircraft. Then settle in for a 40-minute scenic flight to Milford Sound.

The route takes you over the magnificent landscapes of Fiordland National Park, with majestic views of mountain lakes and waterfalls. Listen to your pilot's narration before landing and swapping your plane for a cruise boat to explore the Milford Sound. Spend 2 hours covering the length of the fiord, from Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. A picnic lunch is available for purchase before you board the boat.

Upon completion of the cruise you will be flown back to Queenstown on a different flight path along the Southern Alps. When you reach Queenstown you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Great view and experience!!!

Marianne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was an excellent trip - especially the morning flight over the glaciers and Milford Sound was exciting and definitely worth the money.
Being a small ship we were able to get really near the rocks with seals and the waterfalls even under one!

Marcello G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing trip thru the Mountains! Very kind and helpful pilot.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a beautiful day for flying and to see the majestic mountains, snow capped and both jagged and verdant was remarkable. You feel like the pilot is a bird guiding you through the peaks before the reveal of Milford Sound. The boat cruise was lovely, thank goodness for the warm tea as it was cold. The captain pointed out some things and game minimum historical references, would have been nice to learn a bit more. The flight back was as spectacular and was grateful to have been able to see the birds eye view, and the seal level view.

Hilton S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Stunning views of breathtaking scenery. Highly recommended.

michelle l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The best way to experience Milford Sound!!! Excellente aerial shots and the cruise was also great!!

Amy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was one of the most fabulous excursions we have every taken! The flight to Milford sound took 35 minutes instead of a 4 hour bus ride and held 14 people and was absolutely gorgeous. The pilot was very nice and pointed out scenes along the way. The cruise of Milford sound was breathtaking!! We were there in June, so it was winter, but the sun was out and we stopped to watch a seal eating an octopus, and seals along the rocks. The captain stopped at a waterfall and let the water splash on the bow of the boat. There was another guide on the boat that was very helpful in educating us about Milford Sound. On the flight back, the pilot let me sit in the seat next to him, which was the icing on the cake of this best day of our vacation. This is worth paying the extra money to fly over the mountains!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Great tour all round from the friendly pilot who flew us to Milford Sound and back, to the Captain of the boat. Being a smaller boat we got a lot closer to items of interest than other boats did which was great. If you're going on this trip I would advise packing some lunch as there was nothing available on board other than hot drinks.

Pamala K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Tremendous day! The flights were smooth and comfortable with the most amazing sights and the cruise offered magnificent views and some very playful dolphins and seals. Great pilot who escorted us to bus and back to plane at end. Out of two weeks, this might have been our best day which says a lot!

Joshua H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This trip was incredible from the first take off to the final landing, including the ride in the small single-prop plane and the boat cruise of the sound. Putting words on the views and sites is nearly impossible, as this is a true you have to see it to believe it type of experience. Pack a warm layer as even on a gorgeous day the boat cruise can get windy and chilly, but it is all 100 worth it! We absolutely had a blast.

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