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Milford Sound Air, Land and Sea Day Trip from Queenstown

Highlights
  • 5-hour coach trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown
  • 1 hour 45 minute cruise on Milford Sound
  • Buffet lunch on board the boat
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Milford Sound Air, Land and Sea Day Trip from Queenstown
From US$430.48
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Summer 2017/18Most Popular
Includes a buffet lunch aboard the Southern Discoveries Nature Cruise
From US$430.48
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.
From US$430.48
Overview
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.
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Reviews (13)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best Part of New Zealand!

Had a scheduled flight and boat trip to Milford Sound scheduled for a Monday but was cancelled due to snow. Then Tuesday and cancelled due to rain. We were finally able to go on Wednesday when the weather cleared and it was so worth it!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rebecca C
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora rebeccacroftstudios, It sounds like you had all the weather whilst you were here - welcome to the New Zealand spring, or is it still winter, or maybe we've made it through to summer... It's so changeable I can't tell! Despite a strong effort,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Air Milford flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

Had an absolutely tremendous experience flying on Air Milford with Antony Sproull. He is an exceptional pilot and operations manager for Air Milfordl. Antony made the entire process from pickup at Milford marina, walking us to the airport, telling us some history and fun facts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ErikM80
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi ErikM80, Thank you so much for your review and praise for your pilot, Antony. He's a great member of our team and as you mention, is amazing with our guests, really making everyone feel welcome. He is full of knowledge about the area so...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
An amazing experience

After some inclement weather the day dawned drizzly but fining up. All aspects of the tour were great - with incredible views and brilliant scenery. Highlight was the flight back to Queenstown. Is a long day with the coach leaving around 6am but well worth...More

Thank leewayconsulting
Airmilford, Guest Relations Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora leewayconsulting, Thank you for the review of your coach / cruise / fly experience with Air Milford, it was our pleasure to host you and be a part of your Kiwi adventures. As you mention, the early start can be a bit of...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Milfoird Sound Inclement Weather Triop

We had to compromise and add a 3 hour drive due to inclement weather. Was supposed to be 100% flying. No bif deal, Great Drive. The driver was aformer Park Ranger and gave us plenty of details about sites along the wayMore

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Passenger42636843587
Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us on Trip Advisor. It is wonderful to read your review about our Te Anau Downs wet weather option, we are glad to hear that you had a great day - we...More

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

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