Air Milford

Milford Sound Fly, Nature Cruise, Fly - 11:30

Queenstown 4 hours

Milford Sound is an area of extraordinary beauty. It offers a majestic fiord, dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery and prolific flora and fauna. Although the flight to and from Milford Sound has regularly been described as the most stunning part of our tour options, combining this with a Milford cruise on the fiord happens to be the most popular option.

After check-in completion, your pilot will give a thorough pre-flight briefing on the route and scenic highlights likely to be encountered. These include the famous Skippers Canyon, the Paradise region (recently made popular as film locations for Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Trilogies), and the Donne glacier among many other awe-inspiring features. Your 35-minute flight concludes with an overflight of the fiord of Milford Sound, prior to landing.

The second half of the adventure begins in Milford Sound, where your pilot personally escorts you to the boat docks to board the “Spirit of Milford” to enjoy your Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Numbers aboard are capped at 150 passengers and on this intimate experience, Nature Guides offer a personal commentary. The “Spirit of Milford” catamaran explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail.

Following your Milford Sound cruise, your return flight takes in many of the pristine alpine lakes and waterfalls that Fiordland National Park is recognised for, including the Sutherland Falls which span 580m (1900ft). Flight time is another 35 minutes, with a total trip time of approximately 4 hours. After enjoying your Scenic Flight back from Milford Sound you will land back in Queenstown to complete the journey.

  • This ‘ecotour’ is perfect for close-up shots of seals basking on the rocks, birds and other Fiordland wildlife, including dolphins ‘riding’ the bow wave and the rarest penguin in the world, the Fiordland crested penguin (Spring & Autumn)
  • Join the skipper on the bridge for a birds-eye view and see first-hand how the boat operates, whilst helping yourself to complimentary tea, coffee and filter water
  • The smaller boat helps you appreciate the sheer size and grandeur of the fiord’s cliff faces rising hundreds of meters out of the water, scarred here and there by tree falls
  • You’ll get within touching distance of impressive geological features and close enough to catch and drink pure glacial water, or feel the full force from the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls (they’ve got jackets on board to keep you dry!)
  • Complimentary pick-up or drop-off service from your centrally located Queenstown accommodation
  • Return Milford Sound scenic flights
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise aboard Southern Discoveries catamaran cruise ship
  • Reserved seating on the boat
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and filter water and picnic lunch aboard the cruise
  • Pilot escort on a gentle bush walk from plane to boat through native forest (time permitting)

Guests will be picked up from centrally located Queenstown accommodation.

Guests will be dropped back to centrally located Queenstown accommodation.

What to bring:
Camera, a fully charged battery and lots of free memory space! The temperature can be quite different in Milford Sound to Queenstown, so a jacket for the cruise boat is worth taking, as well as some comfortable walking shoes and some insect repellant.

Child rates apply for 2-12 years. Please advise if over 46kg or 101.2 lbs. Infants 0-1 year travel free of charge. Please advise if over 15kg or 33 lbs. Infants 0 – 1 years fly for free, sitting on an adults lap with safety restraint, except in the instance of coach bookings, where the infants must pay for their seat for the coach segment of their excursion. Adult rates apply for 13 years and above. Please advise if over 120kg or 246 lbs.

Optional extra:
Picnic lunch on 11:30 departure between 1st May 2021 and 30th April 2022.

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