Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight New Zealand

Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly

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.


  • Two stunning 35-minute scenic flights over the Southern Alps, between Queenstown and Milford Sound.

  • 2 hour Nature Cruise of Milford Sound, with reserved Air Milford seating and live skipper commentary

  • Live pilot in-flight commentary on scenic highlights & points of interest.

  • View some of New Zealand's most diverse and spectacular landscapes by air and sea.

  • Have a (optional) 'glacial facial' under pure spray from a glacial waterfall!


Full Description

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 over flight 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.’ This is an intimate experience with numbers capped at 150, and on-board Nature Guides offering personal attention. The catamaran explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail for 2 hours.


This ‘ecotour’ 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.


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 (1904ft). Flight time is another 35 minutes, with a total trip time of approximately 4 hours. After enjoying your scenic flight back from Milford Sound landing back in Queenstown we will return you to your accommodation to complete the journey.


Because of the weather dependent nature of flying over the Southern Alps to Milford Sound, we recommend booking in for your first available day in Queenstown. So that, should the weather be unfavourable for flying on the first day, you will have maximum flexibility to roll on to a following fine weather day.



Tea, coffee and filer water

Meeting Point

Air Milford is located at #3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton and have free customer parking out the front of the building.

Complimentry pick-up/drop-off from your centrally located Queenstown accommodation is available.

Additional Information

The most important part of your booking is to ensure you call Air Milford when you check into your Queenstown accommodation, to attain the weather forecast and check-in information. We are not in e-mail communication outside of office hours which are 8:30am - 5:00pm, but are available on the phone daily until 9.00pm.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 48 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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9.30am Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly

Milford Sound is an area of extraordinary beauty. It offers a majestic fiord, dramatic and awe inspiring scenery and pro...Show More
Adult: $449
Child: $339
Infants Free
Duration: 4 Hours

11.30am Milford Sound Fly/Cruise/Fly

Fancy a lie-in? - take the trip at lunchtime.
Adult: $449
Child: $339
Infants Free
Duration: 4 Hours

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