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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown provided by Air Milford

Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
This easy half-day tour of Milford Sound allows you to see and experience the best of Fiordland in a short time. With convenient round-trip transfers from Queenstown, even travelers on a tight itinerary can do a lot. Enjoy a sightseeing flight over the glacial fiords, and then get a close-up view on a catamaran cruise. The sound is beautiful in any weather, and you may even spot dolphins, penguins, and seals.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Queenstown
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  • 1
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Coronet Peak
    Pass by Skippers Canyon
    Pass by Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Pass by Routeburn Track
    Pass by Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    Pass by Milford Sound
  • 2
    Milford Sound
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  • 3
    Milford Sound Airport
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 4
    Bowen Falls
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 5
    Milford Sound Airport
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by Sutherland Falls
  • 6
    Cruise Milford
    Stop: 105 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Greenstone and Caples Tracks
    Pass by Lake Wakatipu
    Pass by Walter Peak Station Wharf
  • 7
    Air Milford
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Lake Te Anau
You'll end at
Queenstown
Queenstown, New ZealandPlease provide us with your accommodation details and we will advise accordingly.
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Highlights
  • An ideal tour for photography and nature enthusiasts
  • Learn about the area from live commentary
  • Transfers from central Queenstown hotels are included
  • Get the best views with reserved seating on board the cruise
Important Information
Departure Point
Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Live pilot commentary on board
  • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • On the 9.30am departure a small morning snack is provided, on the 11.30am departure, lunch is provided and on the 1.30pm departure a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink is provided.
  • Entry/Admission - Cruise Milford
Exclusions
  • unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 150 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
83Reviews
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Rick wrote a review Jul 2020
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Best flight and boat trip ever! Great team, nice, well cared for plane. The views are incredible. A must do.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Rick, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed a fantastic time exploring Milford Sound with us recently. Our CEO and chief engineer Hank is meticulous in his caring for our fleet of planes, he was very proud to read your feedback and glad that you appreciated that the plane was well cared for. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford. ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬
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Carleen S wrote a review Jul 2020
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Amazing service, really nice and modern planes. There was a high chance we may not have been able to do our cruise due to bad weather coming in. They went out of the way to organise a shorter cruse. The Highlight was having 20 plus dolphins swimming in the wake of the boat
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
Responded 5 Jul 2020
Dear Craleen, Thank you for sharing your kind review with the TripAdvisor community. We are so pleased to hear that we were able to help you create wonderful memories for you and your family to cherish. How fantastic to have a pod of so many dolphins playing in the wake of the boat - it doesn't happen all the time and rarely are there so many dolphins in one group! The weather plays is a significant roll in our operations as flying to & from Milford Sound is weather dependent. We need to see where we are going to fly, so on some days, bad weather causes us to have to cancel the trip (we fly about 70% of the time and can't about 30%). I'm really pleased to hear that your being understanding of the weather challenges, and flexible to see what happened, paid off and that you enjoyed and awesome cruise. On behalf of your pilot an d the whole team here, thank you for your high recommendation to future travelers and all the best for your next adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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Malcolmfire wrote a review Mar 2020
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom171 contributions49 helpful votes
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This was the most amazing day of my life. Well executed from being picked up at holiday park, really friendly reception, flight briefing my pilot Tom ( who was the consummate professional all afternoon & very knowledgeable) the fantastic boat crew of Southern Tours & flight
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
Responded 23 May 2020
Dear Malcolmefire, Thank you for your AWESOME review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor! It is always our aim to exceed our guest's expectations, so it is really great to know that in this instance we were successful. I absolutely agree that Tom is an awesome pilot and consummate professional, his passion for our backyard coupled with his conscientious nature, makes for a great guest experience, we are so pleased you loved flying with him. We are also very proud to partner with Southern Discoveries to produce the Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip (they operate the boat cruise). We think they put on an excellent trip, cruising the length of the fiord, right out to the Tasma Sea and it is wonderful to receive your glowing feedback of their crew too. On behalf of your pilot, skipper and the rest of the teams, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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Bretton B wrote a review Mar 2020
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Worth every cent! An exceptional tour with great scenic views, in-flight commentary and an awesome cruise on Milford Sound. We went in the morning and had great weather. Thoroughly recommended!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
Responded 14 May 2020
Dear Blackyb72, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us the TripAdvisor community. We like to think that our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trips are out of this world and we are so pleased to hear that you thoroughly agree! Whilst flying over snow capped peaks, alpine lakes and forest filled valleys, we think it makes all the difference to have a thorough pre-flight briefing, on the route prior to boarding and then during the flight, a live pilot commentary, so the pilot can highlight points of interest and give a better understanding of the jaw dropping landscapes viewed. On behalf of your pilot and the rest of the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high endorsement to future travelers. All the best, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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Mermaid wrote a review Mar 2020
Huntington Beach, California4 contributions
Racheal and the Jake Japanese guy were the best ever lots of pics so patient made the experience APlus super stoked for this adventure 5 stars
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Airmilford, General Manager at Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown
Responded 14 May 2020
Dear Vanessa V, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased to receive your kind feedback and hear that you had an A Plus time and were super stoked on our Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip!! On behalf of the whole team, thank you for your high endorsement to future travelers and all the best for your next adventures. Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford
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cas_clay
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Thank you Antony
We booked with Altitude Tours coach cruise coach. Our tour guide mentioned the option of returning to Queenstown v
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jamiesjourneysNZ
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If I could give 10 stars....I would.
Just do this. Stop reading this and book a flight with these guys. I’ve been a travel agent for so many years and t
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Salthillhalli
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Awesome experience
Initially supposed to go to Milford Sound but due to weather got postponed, staff however were on top of it, great
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Stdavid51
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Fabulous Flight
We booked directly on the 'phone.....polite, helpful and professional. Our visit to the airfield was equally positi
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Kaycee1402
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Great Pilot,Team & Views
Seeing Queenstown from above is just WOW!The pilot was a Top Bloke & very knowledgable with a good humor too..A sce
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PaulB9017
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Flight to the top of the world
Staff and facilities great. Excellent flight the scenery was stunning. Pilot looked after us on the ground and in t
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RoyBuensuceso
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A quick and fun ride above Queenstown.
This was a quick flight but the views up there were absolutely breathtaking! We didn't spend much time on the groun
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MERosie863
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Ultimate Experience
Best part of my weekend in Queenstown was taking to the air with Ant's from Air Milford and capturing the views of
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michaels523
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JUST BOOK IT!!!
Don't hesitate, don't over think it, simply do this!! We travel the world for amazing places to see and as a New Z
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rosyj826
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Excellent experience
My partner and I did a 20 min scenic flight over Queenstown and the montain range but also Arrowtown. The scenery w
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100kaylaw
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Queenstown Flight
Amazing. Friendly staff, pilot knew the area well and pointed out a lot of different views for us to look at. Beaut
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EmmelineC18
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Views to remember
Simply amazing adventure! From booking to our final landing Air Milford were so welcoming - their front of staff Jo
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BronwynDW
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Amazing Experience
We were extremely lucky to get this awesome flight in as the weather was due to turn in the afernoon. Our pilot, To
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JAppel74
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Scenic flight
Amazing views and great crew. Top notch. Easy to book. Really clean planes and great value for money
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Hodson27
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All 'round great Kiwi experience.
What a fantastic experience, both the plane trip and the cruise were wonderful. Our pilot Tom was excellent, a weal
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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