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  • Milford Sound: Boutique Small-Boat Cruise

    1. Milford Sound: Boutique Small-Boat Cruise

    Your cruise will begin at one of the most scenic points of the journey. You can take in the magnificent view of Mitre Peak (New Zealand's most photographed mountain) and the Sinbad Gully. This place is home to the Kakapo (world's heaviest flightless parrot), which was once thought to be extinct but was rediscovered in 1948. From there you will cruise past seal colonies and feel the spray of the waterfall as you travel directly under the Fairy Falls. Once the cruise reaches the Tasman Sea, you will get to see the hidden entrance to the Milford Sound (which Captain Cook missed twice on his explorations). On your return journey, you will find yourself underneath an even bigger waterfall, the Sterling Falls. If you feel like a world-famous "glacial facial", don't miss the opportunity here to do so. Throughout your tour, nature guides will entertain you with local anecdotes, as well as offe...

    Really great time. Staff were very informative and easy to talk to. Was wonderful being on a smaller boat. We had a fantastic time and will definitely go again!!

  • Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    2. Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

    This coach trip includes a Milford Sound cruise aboard a comfortable, purpose-built cruise boat with optional lunch and refreshments. Enjoy multiple stops on your way to Milford Sound which makes the day even more amazing! When you arrive in Te anau - your first stop of the day - enjoy a toilet break and time to grab something from the cafe. They have great coffee, muffins and snacks! Enjoy a stop at the mirror lakes, a beautiful 5 minute boardwalk through a rainforest and other photo opportunities that make your journey to Milford Sound even more special.  On arrival at Milford Sound you immediately proceed to the boat terminal, where your driver will give you your boat pass and direct you to your cruise boat. On boarding, make yourself comfortable in one of the saloons or catch the scenery from the decks. Milford Sound is famous for its waterfalls, and if it's raining it's even more...

    Great tour guide, he was extremely enthusiastic and witty. Exactly what you need for a big day!

  • Haast: Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight

    3. Haast: Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Enjoy unique views of untouched glaciers, alpine lakes, and the stunning Mt Aspiring, before descending into the mighty Milford Sound. Your trip can be tailor-made so that you can rendezvous with a cruise boat trip, kayak trip, or just enjoy a relaxing lunch and a stroll along the waterfront. Fly out over Milford Sound, taking in stunning waterfalls with their majestic misty rainbow colors and sheer, with rugged cliffs disappearing into the fiord. Flying back to Haast, you'll travel via the rugged, untamed Fiordland coastline, with the chance of spotting penguins, seal colonies, dolphins, and whales. Access to Milford is often easier from Haast because it is possible to fly in along the coastline. This flight will save you days of travel and gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist centers. This tour can be personalised to make the experience perfect for you.

  • Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

    4. Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

    Take a scenic flight over the mountains and valleys of South Island, and appreciate the beauty of the dramatic landscape between Queenstown and Milford Sound. Get back to nature in Fiordland National Park, known for its glacier-carved fjords and magnificent beech forest. Climb aboard the Spirit of Milford catamaran, and explore the legendary body of water for 2 hours. Marvel at the flora and fauna, and get up close to native wildlife, including rare Fiordland crested penguins in the Spring and Fall. Appreciate the grandeur of the cliffs rising hundreds of meters from the water. Get within touching distance of impressive geological features, and feel the full force from the powerful Stirling Falls. Join the skipper on the bridge for a bird's-eye view, and to discover how the boat operates.

    The pilot was very knowledgeable about the area and gave a good commentary as we flew as did the cruise captain who took the boat right under the waterfalls

  • Milford Sound & Big 5 Glaciers Scenic Flight from Queenstown

    5. Milford Sound & Big 5 Glaciers Scenic Flight from Queenstown

    Discover some of Mount Aspiring, Fiordland National Parks largest glaciers, and Milford Sound itself on a scenic flight. Each tour is guaranteed to see at least five major glaciers. These glaciers are kiwi secrets that have been reserved to advanced mountaineers or a select few tourists traveling by air from Wanaka. Begin with complimentary pick-up around 7:15 AM from your central Queenstown accommodation. After check-in completion, your pilot will give a thorough pre-flight briefing on the route and scenic highlights likely to be encountered. Depart Queenstown airport at 8:00 AM, the flight path tracks north up the world famous Shotover Canyon, passing Lake Lochnagar to Mount Aspiring. New Zealand has 7 glaciers that span greater than 10 hectares, and Volta Glacier, the only one in the Southern Lakes, happens to reside on the northern side of Mount Aspiring. Turn west toward Milford S...

    2nd go at this flight. Bad weather last year meant we missed out. Pays to have a spare day if you can. This flight was amazing although Milford had a bit of low cloud obscuring the view. I’d recommend the fly in boat trip if you really want to see Milford. This flight focussed more on the out of reach small mountain glaciers up towards Mt Aspiring. Beautiful remote otherwise impossible to see parts of the Southern Alps of Aotearoa.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 147 reviews

2nd go at this flight. Bad weather last year meant we missed out. Pays to have a spare day if you can. This flight was amazing although Milford had a bit of low cloud obscuring the view. I’d recommend the fly in boat trip if you really want to see Milford. This flight focussed more on the out of reach small mountain glaciers up towards Mt Aspiring. Beautiful remote otherwise impossible to see parts of the Southern Alps of Aotearoa.

Really great time. Staff were very informative and easy to talk to. Was wonderful being on a smaller boat. We had a fantastic time and will definitely go again!!

It was an amazing trip, the captain and crew member were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I thoroughly recommend this trip.

Our guide went above and beyond to make this a trip of a lifetime. Absolutely magical experience, highly recommend.

Great tour guide, he was extremely enthusiastic and witty. Exactly what you need for a big day!