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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight

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Discover the best of the South Island on a land, sea, and sky tour from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, including Mitre Peak, by coach. Then board a cruise through Milford Sound while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch. A scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown completes this full-day tour offering a bird’s-eye view from the air that will take your breath away.
  • Experience Milford Sound from land, sea, and sky on this full-day tour from Queenstown
  • Enjoy a scenic flight from from Mildford Sound to Queenstown
  • Explore the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park on a sightseeing Milford Sound cruise
  • View Mitre Peak, located at the pinnacle of the sound
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Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound
Lunch
Local guide
Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Athol Street , Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Start your Queenstown departure to Milford Sound with hotel pickup by luxury coach, hugging the shores of sapphire-hued Lake Wakatipu with the rugged Remarkables range as your backdrop. Your guide stops for morning tea (own expense) in Te Anau, considered the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. 

Prepare to be wowed by the grandeur of the landscape throughout the scenic coach trip. Motoring through the Eglington Valley, you’ll pass alpine beech forests and pause for photo ops at the Mirror Lakes. Continue on to the Hollyford Valley, past Christie Falls, and through the Homer Tunnel before coming upon the Cleddau Valley on the final leg into Milford Sound.

Jump on a luxurious catamaran for a sightseeing cruise. En route, you’re surrounded by dense rainforest and tumbling waterfalls that cascade from glacier-carved rock walls into the pristine waters of the sound. An informative crew provides commentary on spires like Mitre Peak, and helps you spot marine mammals and birdlife including New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and Fiordland penguins. 

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board before swapping your cruise boat for a Milford Sound scenic flight by light aircraft. The 1-way flight from Milford Sound back to Queenstown soars over Fiordland and other regions in New Zealand's untamed countryside, including the snow-capped Southern Alps (weather permitting).

Upon landing in Queenstown, your full-day tour ends with a ground transfer to your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • All tours are operated by luxury 5-star coaches
  • Scenic flight is subject to weather permitting
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GreatSights
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight.

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The weather on our May trip was...
Neal F
, May 2017
The weather on our May trip was terrible. This area is best to visit in NZ's summer and spring. We saw many rainbows due to the rain, but rain prevented the beautiful views of mountains. Driver was amazing on the treacherous roads and was very knowledgeable about the area and told historical tales. Boat trip was ok, but the rain was a factor. Bring your own lunch as food on the boat was not the best. We did not get our flight due to weather. Viator is refunding our fee for the airplane.
star-4
Great tour. Disappointed that...
Lochiel M
, Apr 2017
Great tour. Disappointed that couldn't book helicopter return, only fixed wing, however on the day fixed wing weren't flying and was able to convert to helicopter return. Well worth it!
star-4
An early start and long coach...
Richard_P
, Jul 2016
An early start and long coach journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound. However, it was worth the trip for the spectacular scenery and cruise. We were even lucky enough to have dolphins follow the boat for some of the way. The bento box lunch was excellent good quality and plentiful and it avoided having to queue for the buffet food as it was at our table when we arrived on board. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the 40 minute flight back due to poor visibility no rain or snow but simply low cloud. The 4 hour return coach trip was comfortable but nothing exciting. We were offered a helicopter trip back but this was a lot more expensive. The refund for the flight portion of the trip was received quickly and without hassle.
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star-4
Fantastic trip through a very...
Thomas H
, Mar 2016
Fantastic trip through a very beautiful area of the South Island of New Zealand. Bus driver was on time picking up from hotel and very knowledgeable in telling us what we were seeing on our 4 hours ride. We were lucky to have a perfect weather day! Lunch on the boat in Milford Sound was a bit of a disappointment in terms of food quality. Scenic flight and pilot were tremendous pilot was great about pointing out different things we were seeing. All in all a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend.
star-3
The coach journey and the boat trip...
Joseph R
, Feb 2016
The coach journey and the boat trip were both fine and the beautiful weather made the day in the Fjord. What completely spoiled the day was that after getting off the boat, and thus with only fifteen minutes notice, our scenic flight back to Queenstown, which we had really been looking forward to, was cancelled. Considering that the weather was perfect, and that other plane companies were flying back to Queenstown, this was disappointing and unacceptably poor. It ruined our day.
star-5
Scene flight was AWESOME, highly...
vako
, Oct 2015
Scene flight was AWESOME, highly recommended. The cruise itself was wonderful with lots of beautiful scenery.
star-4
Beautiful sights! It took forever to...
Anand P
, Jan 2015
Beautiful sights! It took forever to get there but was well worth the trip. Most beautiful place in New Zealand was Milford Sound. The plane or helicopter ride back is so worth it! You get great aerial views of the majestic beauty that is NZ! Also, you get home so much faster than that long bus ride. I would recommend!
star-5
a fantastic day trip with a very...
Heather L
, Aug 2013
a fantastic day trip with a very knowledgeable coach driver. scenery was absolutely fantastic, lunch on milford sound very good. cruise very good too. we were fourtunate to have great weather and were able to get our planned fixed wing transfer back to Queenstown. only took half an hour to get back. highly advisable and wot a view from the air. certailnly would recomend this tour to any one.
star-5
It was a great tour made even better by...
Gareth J
, May 2013
It was a great tour made even better by the driver Bruce. Highly recommanded
star-4
Fantastic day. Couch driver was...
Rab F
, Feb 2013
Fantastic day. Couch driver was a mine of information and pleny of stops Great weather for the cruise, food on arrival prior to departing, well organised Delayed scenic flight back, so had to hang around for a bit. Planes are small so photo oppertunities were somewhat limited, which if anything is a slight grumble. That said, spectacular scenery throughout and we had a superb day
star-5
We had a great time visiting...
Jeffrey K
, Aug 2012
We had a great time visiting Milford. Our tour guide was great. The only bad thing was the weather that day caused the flights out of Milford to be canceled, but the boat tour of the sound and the stops that we made on the way to Milford more than made up for this.
star-4
Weather hindered our flight, so I...
Steven S
, Apr 2012
Weather hindered our flight, so I can't give a full review. However, stagecoach was fairly comfortable with nice windowing. Stops along the way were scenic and brisk. Cruise showed the highlights of the sound.
star-5
Awesome trip. The flight back was...
Angus W
, Dec 2007
Awesome trip. The flight back was cancelled due to high winds, which was unseen BUT our excellent drive on the day sorted out for us to take the helicopter ride instead. This was a bonus as we landed on a glacier making this great trip even more memorable. Overall a must do and if you can take the flight option - DO!
star-5
This involved an early start and a long...
Michael E
, May 2007
This involved an early start and a long coach drive, but the stunning views and cruise on Milford Sound made up for this. We had an excellent buffet lunch on board the Pride of Milford. Due to low clouds at Queenstown, we were unable to fly back and returned by coach, but this did not spoil the enjoyment of the day. The coach driver was excellent, stopping at various locations so that we could take photographs.
star-5
Experiencia redonda. Viaje de ida...
FERNANDO L
, Mar 2017
Experiencia redonda. Viaje de ida agradable, con paradas en sitios destacables y llegada a Milford a la hora perfecta para comer. Crucero impresionante y retorno a Queenstown en un vuelo espectacular. Inolvidable.

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