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From Queenstown: Scenic Flyover & Milford Sound Cruise

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Discover a hidden paradise of valleys, peaks, and glaciers on the Queenstown to Milford Sound flight or coach ride. Then sail past iconic spots like the Mitre Peak, Bowen and Stirling Falls, and more.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown, either by scenic flight or coach. Visit Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, and Homer Tunnel if traveling by coach.

  • Choose a flight over the fiord, enjoying views of Earnslaw Burn Glacier, Mitre Peak, and Olivine Ice Plateau, with pilot commentary and guaranteed window seats.

  • Experience a Milford Sound cruise, viewing Stirling Falls from the open-air deck. Savor complimentary tea and coffee onboard.

  • Alternatively, explore nature trails at Mirror Lakes and Monkey Creek spotting wildlife such as seals, dolphins, and more.

  • Fly back to Queenstown from a different route, capturing aerial photos of the pilot’s favorites – Lake Quill and Sutherland Falls.

Inclusions

  • Flight transfers between Queenstown & Milford Sound

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Live commentary by pilot

  • Coach drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound (based on option selected)

  • 1-hr 45-min Milford Sound Cruise (based on option selected)

  • 2-hr extended Milford Sound Cruise (based on option selected)

  • Complimentary tea, coffee, & water on cruise

  • Hiking trails around Milford Sound (based on option selected)

Exclusions

  • Food & drinks from licensed bar (available for purchase aboard the cruise)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Queenstown departure

Begin your day with a hotel pickup in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand heading to the airport for your scenic flight to Milford Sound. Board a comfortable vehicle that will take you to the airport, where a scenic 1 hour 20 minute flight to Milford Sound awaits.

Soar above Milford Sound

Departing from the airport, marvel at the South Island's vistas, including Central Otago's rugged peaks and the gleaming Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand's longest lake. Admire the contrasting colors where glacial rivers meet the lake. Your flight takes you over Mt. Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, showcasing snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls. Catch a glimpse of the renowned Milford Track, a testament to the area's pristine wilderness.

Cruise along the fiord

Touch down at Milford Sound, ready for an enchanting cruise through this natural marvel. Cruise 16 kilometers along the fiord to the Tasman Sea, marveling at Milford Sound's splendor, often hailed as the eighth wonder of the world. Witness the towering Mitre Peak and the stunning Bowen and Stirling Falls. At Seal Point, you might catch sight of fur seals. Learn about the area's rich history, geology, and wildlife from your guide while enjoying a complimentary beverage. Keep an eye out for dolphins, penguins, and other marine life as you near the roaring waves of the open sea.

Return flight & Queenstown drop-off

Post-cruise, head back to the airport for your return flight to Queenstown. Soar over the Southern Alps, the Remarkables, Crown Range, and Shotover River, enjoying a fresh perspective of these magnificent landscapes against the dynamic sky. The day ends with a hotel drop-off in Queenstown, leaving you with a newfound admiration for New Zealand's beauty.

What to bring

  • Essential medication, sunglasses, camera, warm clothing layers, comfortable footwear, and water bottle.

  • Even though the aircraft is heated, it is recommended to bring light warm clothing layers.

Accessibility

  • This activity is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Additional note

  • Your scenic flyover from Queenstown over Milford Sound and back to Queenstown is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

  • Your experience may be subject to change due to weather conditions.

  • The cruising altitude is weather-dependent and ranges between 5,000 to 10,000 feet.

  • The company now provides Junior earmuffs for younger travelers. These earmuffs offer a significant noise reduction of 22db and meet Global Safety Standards.

  • All seats on the aircraft are window seats. Passenger seat allocation however is at the Pilots’ discretion due to the weight and balance of the plane.

  • For operational and safety considerations, passenger weights are required at the time of booking. This is to comply with aircraft weight limits and balance regulations. Passengers weighing 140kg (308lb) or more should inform in advance. For helicopter activities, there is a weight limit of 116kg (255lb), and prior notification is necessary. A discrepancy exceeding 15kg (33lb) from the declared weight at check-in may lead to rescheduling, depending on availability.

  • Child/booster seats and baby earmuffs (available on request).

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo at the time of pick-up.

Hotel transfers

  • This ticket includes hotel pickups and drop-offs.

  • In the next step of booking, please select your pick-up location.

  • On the day of your tour, please report at your hotel lobby 10-15 min prior to your scheduled departure.

  • If your hotel does not have a lobby, please wait at the entrance of the hotel.

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