- Sport levelBeginner
- Spoken languagesEnglish
- Duration4.5 hrs
- Opening seasons:
Experience a stunning scenic flight over Milford Sound combined with an amazing cruise surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of the area!
Milford Sound scenic flights are the best way to reach this isolated gem situated on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
This 'ecotour' is an intimate experience with numbers capped at 150, and on-board Nature Guides offering personal attention. 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.
It is perfect for close-up shots of seals, birds and other Fiordland wildlife, including dolphins 'riding' the bow wave and the rarest penguin in the world, the Fiordland crested penguin (Spring & Autumn).
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.
Join the skipper on the bridge for a birds-eye view and see first-hand how the boat operates. Help yourself to free tea and coffee, with a delicious buffet lunch included in this option.
→ You are automatically reimbursed the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement
3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected
The tour begins at Air Milford base near Queenstown airport. 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 and the Donne glacier among many other awe-inspiring features.
You will land at Milford Sound to experience a great cruise including drinking pure glacial water from a waterfall, free tea, coffee and hot buffet lunch aboard, as well as spotting seals basking on the rocks and sometimes dolphins and rare Fiordland crested penguins.
After enjoying your cruise, you will fly back to Queenstown. The activity takes 4.5 hours in total.Activity requirements
Please contact the pro after your booking is confirmed to arrange the pick up at your accomodation in Queesntown.Special terms
- Summer season (1st Oct. - 3rd April): NZ$595 per adult / NZ$355 per child
- Winter season (4th April - 30th Sept.): NZ$545 per adult / NZ$325 per child
*Free for infants below 4 years of age
- Pick up and drop off from your accommodation
- Return Milford Sound scenic flights
- Pilot escort on a gentle bush walk from plane to boat through native forest (time permitting)
- Lunch aboard the boat
- Bottled water & snacks