Fly/Milford Sound Cruise/Fly

Milford Flights

Option One: Milford sound Fly 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.

Each tour begins with a complimentary pick-up from your central Queenstown accommodation provider (charges may apply to rural locations). 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 either the ‘Pride’ or ‘Spirit of Milford’ to enjoy your Milford Sound Cruise. Both purpose-built catamarans are operated by Southern Discoveries, which traverse the full length of the 12km fiord over 1 hour and 45 minutes. Air Milford guests receive reserved seating on the boat, with complimentary tea and coffee. Spacious outdoor viewing decks allow you to take in all of the Fiordland scenic highlights, including waterfalls taller than Niagra Falls, and an array of indigenous flora and fauna.  

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.

Top Tip:

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


Cruise Milford Sound and fly back


10:00am Winter 2017 Departure:

10:00am Summer Departure:

NZ$525 per adult 
NZ$315 per child

NZ$535 per adult
NZ$320 per child

Milford Sound Cruise

08:00am Summer Departure

NZ$510 per adult
NZ$305 per child 

Departs Air Milford base at:

08:00am Summer/Autumn (1st October – 29 February & 4th April – 17th April)

10.00am Year Round


Duration: Allow four hours
Tour Includes:
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation
  • Milford Sound return scenic flights
  • Milford Sound Cruise aboard a catamaran cruise ship
  • Reserved seating on the boat
  • Complimentary tea or coffee
  • Free hot buffet breakfast on 08.00am departure
  • Free hot buffet lunch on 10.00am departure during the 2017 winter season
Tour Option:

On the 10.00am departure it is possible to request to book the Cruise Milford boat. This is a small single hull vessel with maximum capacity of 75 passengers. It boasts a newly renovated lounge area with reserved seating for Air Milford guests. Prices and timing remains as listed above, however the included food listed above does not apply to this cruise option. For more information on this cruise visit