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Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

Activity provider: Air Milford

Queenstown: Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise

Activity provider: Air Milford
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From US$ 387.50 per person

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Experience the epic landscapes of New Zealand's South Island from the air and water on a combined scenic flight from Queenstown and a 1-hour and 45-minute nature cruise across Milford Sound. Look for native wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, and penguins.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Free pickup possible from your central Queenstown accommodation 1 hour prior to departure.


  • Get back to nature in Fiordland National Park
  • Marvel at the grandeur of Milford Sound aboard a small catamaran
  • Take a scenic flight over the mountains by light aircraft
  • Enjoy bird's eye views of the Southern Lakes, Tutoko Glacier, and Milford Fiord
  • Drink pure glacial water from a waterfall
  • Return to Queenstown on an alternate flight path
  • Look for dolphins, seals, and rare Fiordland crested penguins
Full description

Feel the thrill of soaring over the Tutoko Glacier on flight between Queenstown and Milford Sound. Explore the beauty of Fiordland National Park on a catamaran tour and see glacier-carved fjords and a magnificent beech forest. Enjoy complimentary tea or coffee on your trip. 

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. Enjoy bird's eye views of the Southern Lakes, Tutoko Glacier, and Milford Fiord.

If you have time after the flight, walk through the bush to the boat docks with your pilot and learn about the native environment. 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 of the powerful Stirling Falls. Join the skipper on the bridge for a bird's-eye view, and to discover how the boat operates.

  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Queenstown accommodations
  • Personalized greeting and trip overview on the wall map prior to departure
  • In-flight commentary to highlight the points of interest
  • Optional bush walk to the boat docks to learn about the native environment (time permitting)
  • Nature cruise in Milford Sound with informative and friendly wilderness guides
  • Reserved seating and complimentary tea or coffee
  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages (available to purchase on board)
Not suitable for
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Drones

Know before you go

  • Select your preferred departure when booking, and provided there is availability, the local operator will confirm your exact trip details by email after booking
  • Flights only operate if the conditions allow. If cancelled due to the weather, your booking can be postponed to the next available flying day. It is recommended that you book for your first available day in Queenstown so that you have maximum flexibility to change to a following fine weather day
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

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This is one of the best things I’ve ever done! The flight alone was a fascinating experience. Flying over the glaciers and then on to Milford Sound for the cruise. If you do anything on a trip to NZ do this! The family run company were super nice and made me feel really safe even though I’m sometimes a jittery on flights. Absolutely recommend this!

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March 11, 2020

We wanted to save some time from going to Milford Sound, so instead of going with a coach, we decided to go by plane. View is gorgeous, love the fact that they will take you throw different route when you come back. No need to say how beautiful Milford Sound is, definitely worth the money to take the flight.

March 2, 2020

Must do. Once in a lifetime activity. Fly over beautiful mountain ranges and glaciers for 40 minutes then 2 hour cruise on the Milford Sound and then fly back alone the coast line about 30 minutes back to Queenstown. I hate small planes but this trip was awesome. You can get there by bus, but it is 10 hour round trip from Queenstown and you get none of the scenic flight.

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February 29, 2020

Product ID: 65779