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Milford Sound Air, Land and Sea Day Trip from Queenstown

  • 5-hour coach trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • 1 hour 45 minute cruise on Milford Sound
  • Buffet lunch on board the boat
Milford Sound Air, Land and Sea Day Trip from Queenstown
From US$417.59
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Summer 2017/18Most Popular
Includes a buffet lunch aboard the Southern Discoveries Nature Cruise
Winter 2018
During the winter season, this excursion links with a 'Scenic Cruise' as opposed to a 'Nature Cruise.' This means the boat you will be joining is slightly, but still includes a buffet lunch.
See Milford Sound from aboard a coach, a nature cruise, and an aircraft on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Take in the stunning scenery from three different modes of transport and listen to informative commentary from your guide. Buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transportation from Queenstown included.
What to Expect
Your tour begins with a complimentary pickup from your central Queenstown accommodation (charges may apply to rural locations). Leaving Queenstown on the Southern Discoveries Coach from 6:30am depending on accommodation location, travel in comfort through rugged mountain terrain through Te Anau, a quiet town on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. After morning tea in Te Anau, the journey continues through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand.

Take advantage of the photo opportunities along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Travel through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock stopping at Monkey Creek and Experience the Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges, spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.   

The second half of the adventure begins in Milford Sound, where your driver escorts you to the boat docks to board your Milford Sound Cruise. This purpose-built Southern Discoveries Nature catamaran traverses the full length of the 12km fiord over 1 hour and 45 minutes. Aboard, enjoy a hot buffet lunch, with complimentary tea and coffee. Spacious outdoor viewing decks allow you to take in all of the Fiordland scenic highlights, including waterfalls taller than Niagra Falls, and an array of indigenous flora and fauna.  

Following your Milford Sound cruise meet your Air Milford pilot to embark on your return flight to Queenstown, which takes in aerial views of many pristine alpine lakes and waterfalls that Fiordland National Park is recognized for, including the Sutherland Falls which span 580m (1904ft), flight time is  35 minutes. After enjoying your scenic Air Milford flight back from Milford Sound landing back in Queenstown, we will return you to your accommodation to complete the journey.
Reviews (9)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 1 September 2018
Must See - Spectacular Experience

The views are amazing. The flight was the most amazing thing I have seen. The cruise was also really great - I especially enjoyed the waterfalls and the penguins. The Sound is so beautiful and I can't imagine a better way to experience Milford Sound....More

Thank Vicky W
Airmilford, Guest Services at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2018

Hi Vicky W. Thank you for the shiny 5 stars on TripAdvisor! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ We are honoured for you to say this is the most amazing thing you have seen. The cruise in Milford Sound is a great add on to get closer to the Milford...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile
The most beautiful flight you’ll (probably) ever experience

Milford Sound’s cruise is just a glimpse of the wonder you’ll see while airborne. Coming from Malaysia as a pilot myself I asked our pilot Alex Turnbull if I could seat myself on the right seat. And he agreed! So we took off from the...More

Thank AzmanF9
Airmilford, Guest Services at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Hi Azman F. Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed the Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly to Milford Sound. Being a pilot from Malaysia I'm sure the views would be very different! Milford Sound...More

Reviewed 6 July 2018
Wonderful Experience!!!

We had a delightful trip to Milford Sound. The weather was bad so we couldn’t fly directly into Milford, but the Milford Air folks had an even better “Wet Option”. We took a spectacular flight to Lake Te Anau, then traveled through the Fiordland National...More

Thank bairresponse
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Hi folks, Thank you so much for joining us on our Wet Weather Trip to Milford via Te Anau Downs and for also detailing your experience on TripAdvisor. We love to hear what our guests think of our excursions, especially this one as it's not...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Breathtaking views worth the money

This is by far the best part my my wife and I's honeymoon! From the amazing tour guide/pilot, and flight coordinators, this was a memorable trip that I recommend for everyone to take. Breathtaking views that you wouldn't be able to see via car and...More

1  Thank Mazen C
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Hi Mazen C, What an honour to be named as the best part of your honeymoon! 💍 Thank you so much, it was our pleasure to be part of your celebration in our small way. We appreciate your lovely comments about our pilots and ground...More

Reviewed 5 April 2018
Amazing views but not worth the money

My friends and I chose this tour because we wanted to get the full Milford experience - by coach/driving through Fiordland National Park, by sea, and then by air. Other tour companies didn't offer all three, so even though they had raving reviews we chose...More

Thank Stephanie D
Airmilford, Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Dear Stephanie, Thank you for taking the time to review Air Milford. It has taken our staff some time to collate the facts, especially considering it was a combination tour with an outside coach/cruise company. Having just heard back from them today, I will endeavor...More

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