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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202
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Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202

By Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Recommended by 97% of travellers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
This air and water sightseeing tour of Milford Sound is ideal for travelers short on time in the area, as round-trip transfers from Queenstown are included. See the mountains and waterways of this UNESCO-listed area from above on a spectacular helicopter tour. Includes a glacier or alpine landing. Also get the chance to relax on a cruise, where you may spot local wildlife like fur seals, penguins, and dolphins.
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$1,330.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • This half-day tour is suitable for travelers on a tight schedule
  • Experience the best of Milford Sound in a short time
  • Receive a personal headset to hear your guide clearly on the helicopter
  • Glacier or alpine landings are subject to conditions on the day

  • Landing and facility fees
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Pickup details
  • Will self-drive Pick up location TBC Kamana Lakehouse Mercure Queenstown Resort Heritage Queenstown Crowne Plaza Queenstown I-Site Millennium Hotel Pounamu Apartments The Rees Hotel Sherwood Bus Stop (Frankton Rd) The Hilton Resort & Spa
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Additional pickup options
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
    • Queenstown isite Visitor Information Centre, 22 Shotover Street, The Clocktower Building, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9180P8

      • Most travellers can participate
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Infants will be charged at the child rate (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
      • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202 is hosted by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half-Day Milford Helicopter Flight and Cruise from Queenstown - 202 on Tripadvisor
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      • You'll start at
        35 Lucas Place
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      • Pass by
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      • 1
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        Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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        Milford Sound
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
        961
        Queenstown, New Zealand
        Joined in October 2010
      • gablovesfreyja
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Ultimate way to see Milford Sound
        Incredible experience with amazing pilot Alfie - the most experienced pilot who did a year of filming for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We had the most stunning day. Beautiful scenery. Really really enjoyed it. Landed on a mountain with snow, then at Milford Sound airport, then on a beach on the Tasman Sea. Perfect weather. Incredible pilot.
        Written 28 February 2024
      • I4730WG_
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience of seeing the tremendous mountains of Queensland in New Zealand
        It is the first time to see the glacier and snow on the high mountains in New Zeland and the scene was amazing. The snow was really soft and was cool up there. I even drew some letters and simple stuff on the snow with my feet!
        Written 20 February 2024
      • 779jerryh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best trip of my life
        The whole experience was outstanding and greatly exceeded our expectations. The pilot Jeremy gave an amazing commentary of all the sights and mountain names and the landing and view on the glacier was beyond belief. A truly amazing trip.
        Written 20 February 2024
      • Seaside815286
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Must while in Queenstown!
        Our trip was incredible, world class views and service. Many thanks to Michael for a fantastic tour and souvenir photos!
        Written 19 February 2024
      • wanderlust303631
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing trip over mountains and through the sound
        Amazing trip -picked up on time - modern helicopter - pilot ( Luke ) was very competent - put us all at ease - and gave a great commentary - landed on a glacier which was amazing and flew the length of Milford sound I highly recommend this 2.5 hr option
        Written 15 February 2024
      • TheBurgerReviewer
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bucket List Experience
        Wow wow wow ! Once in a lifetime experience Worth every penny ! Michael was an excellent pilot keeping it smooth but also allowing us to get a good look at the glaciers & mountain edges on the way up sweeping close but keeping a safe distance You really felt like you were in capable hands His narration was great too letting you know the various peaks etc Landing on the glacier and getting out of the helicopter to take pictures was awesome - just mind the ice as it’s slushy in places as some has melted as it is summer ! I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone Do it - you won’t regret it !
        Written 15 February 2024
      • 348DebW
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best Family Weekend Away Ever
        Our bespoke family day out that included being dropped by helicopter to our activities around Oxbow, Highlands Motor sports and an alpine landing was all organised by Tash. She was amazing and ensured our day went smoothly. Our helicopter pilot was awesome giving us the best flying experience possible on the day. I recommend this as a great way to experience the action and adventure Queenstown has to offer.
        Written 11 February 2024
      • krystalb759
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Remarkable views of New Zealand landscapes
        Our journey with Heliworks was flawless, offering a perfect start-to-finish experience. The 20-minute helicopter ride to the top of the Remarkables was simply extraordinary, particularly under the radiant sun, which revealed breathtaking views of New Zealand's picturesque landscape. This adventure reaffirmed that exploring the country from such heights is unparalleled in its beauty and magnificence.
        Written 10 February 2024
      • Marilyn_aus
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend
        Breathtaking view from the helicopter. I would highly recommend this to everyone. The staff are nice make my inquiries smoothly .
        Written 29 January 2024
      • csored
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very impressed!
        We were so pleased with our experience with glacier Helicopters. The staff were very friendly and helpful, from the person on the phone to the pilot. Jeremy was an excellent pilot, he kept the helicopter ride very smooth, even though it got a bit windy at the end of the day. We landed on a virgin glacier, so fun to be the first and make the only footsteps on the glacier! Highly recommend this company as the best of the best.
        Written 22 January 2024
      • Travel50802720951
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        If you do ONE thing in New Zealand, it MUST be THIS!
        Amazing experience! HIGHLY recommend for everyone. I thought my time flying fighters in the US Air Force was fun flying (it was) but Luke in the might EC-135 helicopter was awesome. The views, the flying, the experience was spectacular. Thank you for making our 10 days in New Zealand wonderful. This was the highlight!!!!
        Written 17 January 2024
      • DayTrip23479056112
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A breathtaking experience
        Exceptional experience! The glacier landing was something I’ll be forever grateful for. The views from the helicopter were brilliant and the way we swooped over ridges to reveal more landscape was breathtaking and somewhat cinematic.
        Written 16 January 2024
      • alexmiller90
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unforgettable Flight
        Our legendary pilot, Alfie, shepherded us through beautiful country making landings at Milford Sound, a remote west coast beach, and a snow covered mountain top. He was a true expert flyer and the ride could not have been smoother. What a spectacular experience and great service throughout.
        Written 9 January 2024
      • brucebD4037PI
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        O Happy Day!
        Fantastic, exceeded our expectations! Will is an awesome pilot! We were up close and personal to incredible views. Well worth the time and money to see one of Creation’s most beautiful places!
        Written 7 January 2024
      • S7043JTalexandrud
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Views!
        Amazing! Loved the experience. Definitely worth doing. Spectacular views. Got to land on the glacier. Our pilot was great and we had a smooth flight.
        Written 7 January 2024
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      domeehoo
      Charlotte, NC166 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      The scenery is beautiful from the helicopter and the cruise which will be spectacular whether you drive in, fly in, cruise or not, so this review is regarding the service of this company, Southern Discoveries. Our helicopter pilot was Luke and he was friendly with a calm demeanor, which is important considering his job as pilot. There were five passengers so having four in the back is a bit uncomfortable. My shoulder was cramped against the window. Our ride was very smooth and at no point in time did I feel worried in the helicopter, nor during the landings. The cruise was a little disappointing since we couldn’t hear much of the information given over the PA. They definitely need more speakers so information can be heard from every part of the boat. There were some brochures inside on a wall in many languages, but none in English and they had been out of them for a while according to a worker. I learned absolutely nothing during the cruise. Just stood and took pictures. When I booked the excursion, I added a picnic lunch. This was not given to me and I was quite hungry by the time I returned to my hotel. They say I haven’t been charged for it. We’ll see when I check my statement.
      Written 1 March 2023
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      Hi Domeehoo, Thank you taking the time and sharing your feedback on your recent experience. Firstly, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the wonderful scenery during your flight and that Pilot Luke made you feel at ease and comfortable. Sorry to hear that you felt cramped against the window during a portion of your flight. We try our best to ensure everyone is comfortable during the flight. I'm sure your pilot would have rotated your seating allocations after each landing to ensure you were comfortable. We are sorry to hear that you felt disappointed during your nature cruise in Milford Sound, your feedback has been passed along to cruise company and to my knowledge they have already contacted you directly regarding both your experience and the miscommunication of your picnic, please note this has been refunded to you in full. We trust you enjoyed the remainder of your flight and your trip around New Zealand. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 13 March 2023
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      dawn z
      19 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The helicopter ride was super fun with great views and the landing on the glacier was spectacular. The cruise on Milford Sound is beautiful but dress warm. Be aware that this trip is weather dependent and often gets rescheduled so good to have flexibility if spending several days in Queenstown. Was one of the top highlights of our trip!
      Written 5 January 2020
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      Kia ora! Thank you for your wonderful review! I am so pleased to hear what a wonderful experience you had with us! Milford Sound certainly is incredible and the waterfalls are just beautiful and delighted it was the highlight of your trip! We hope to welcome you back in the future!
      Written 2 February 2020
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      Thomas P
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022
      Simply the most amazing experience!! We will always remember it with such fond memories. Jeremy the pilot was great.
      Flying to Mt. tutoko, onto Milford Sound and back to Queenstown… would highly recommend to anyone
      Thanks guys
      Written 18 October 2022
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      Hi Thomas, Thank you very much for your kind words and taking the time to review your recent flight with us. We are so happy to hear that you made some incredible and unforgettable memories during your flight. We will pass on your thanks to Pilot Jeremy! Thank you so much for choosing to fly with GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 18 October 2022
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      J K
      8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pilot was really knowledgeable and friendly, pointed out lots of view points and potential wildlife.
      Very smooth flights. Landing on the glacier was amazing, even sinking knee deep in snow was a great experience.
      The Milford Sound cruise was fab especially as a pod of dolphins followed the boat - brilliant.
      Great overall experience.
      Written 12 November 2022
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      Hi JK, Thank you for your review. Sounds like your Milford Sound + Cruise flight delivered that day with a special feature from the dolphins! Thank you very much for choosing to fly with GSLH. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 14 November 2022
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      mark g
      Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Couples
      Out of this world - The pilot (Ive forgotten his name but he has also flown in the Yukon) did much more than transport us - he landed on a glacier on the way back and did some fancy flying around the peaks - felt like a bird. Milford sound of course amazing. I did balk at the cost but in the end it was money well spent if you can afford it.
      Written 19 December 2023
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      Hi Mark, Thank you very much for your recent review! I believe you had Michael as you pilot. Sounds like you had a truly magical day flying around our region! Thank you very much for choosing to fly with us. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 20 December 2023
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      Neil K
      Worcester, UK5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was an absolutely fantastic experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A fantastic way to see the country. Landing T the mouth of Milford Sound on the beach and on a snowfield at the top of the mountain range was epic.
      Written 9 November 2022
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      Hi NeilK482, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent flight with us. We are over the moon to hear that you had such an incredible time. Thank you for choosing to fly with GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 14 November 2022
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      Mike Bowden
      Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2021 • Family
      Wow - My family and I had a great day in an amazing part of the world.

      Our pilot, Matt was great pilot and was very knowledgeable about the area. He also gave us a very smooth flight.

      The weather we had was amazing and we were able postpone our booking by a day to take advantage of a better forecast.

      This is a must do for anyone travelling to Queenstown.
      Written 27 April 2021
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      Hi Mike, Thank you for your review! Great to hear Matt showed you the best of Fiordland National Park, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to him. We hope to see you again one day. Kind regards, Claudia
      Written 28 April 2021
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      Dean T
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect weather for the perfect birthday surprise for my wife. Our pilot Kurt was incredible and really knowledgeable of the area. He made everyone onboard feel really comfortable and I loved the way he rotated everyone’s seating position after each landing so we all got to experience the front seat and feel like a chopper pilot ! A must do when visiting Queenstown.
      Written 10 February 2024
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      Hi Dean, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent experience, we are so happy to hear to that you a great flight and Pilot Kurt took great care of you all. Also, a very Happy Birthday to your wife, what a wonderful present! Thank you for choosing to fly with GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 14 February 2024
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      Rick E
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2021
      We flew with Alphie in late April. He was very friendly and an excellent pilot. As first time helicopter passengers, we felt excited and safe the entire time. Words cannot describe the beauty and majesty of the topography you fly over. The mountains are like another planet from up close. Well worth the time and money to experience it. Would definitely go again and encourage others to do so.

      We also did the Milford Sound cruise as part of our package. Was incredibly beautiful. Overall, the helicopter flight with Alphie and the cruise was the highlight of the trip. Highly recommend!
      Written 18 May 2021
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      Hi Rick, Thank you so much for your review, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Alfie! We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Claudia
      Written 18 May 2021
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      Louise
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      We had a beautiful sunny day to fly to Milford Sound by helicopter and then do the cruise of the Sound. The road to Milford was still closed so there were not a lot of tourists, which made it nice for us. Matt, our pilot was informative and safety conscious. We stopped on a glacier and it was so nice out that we didn't need our coats there. On the boat, it was cool, so having a jacket was handy. We saw fur seals and a few dolphins...bonus for the boat ride. We really lucked out that the sun was out during our boat ride too, not typically the case we were told. It was certainly a morning well spent.
      Written 10 February 2020
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      Kia ora! Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear you had incredible experience and saw Dolphins! We hope to see you again in the future
      Written 8 March 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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