Milford Sound Fly Cruise Fly
Take a stunning Scenic Flight to Milford Sound from Queenstown, with our fly cruise fly package including a 1.5-hour Cruise.
Milford Sound is New Zealand's premier tourist destination, and the sheer scale and staggering beauty of the sound are experienced from all viewpoints.
We will fly you from Queenstown over the Southern Alps with breathtakingly spectacular and endless panoramic views of lakes, forested river valleys, waterfalls, jagged razor-backed ridge lines and snow covered peaks.
After landing at Milford we will choose whether to take the shuttle bus or, if time permits, take you on a short walk through the bush and foreshore to the cruise boat. Once on the boat, you will take a leisurely cruise along the whole length of the sound. After the cruise, your pilot will escort you back to the aircraft for the return flight to Queenstown along a different flight path.
Summer departure times: 8am, 10am, 12pm and 2pm. (October 1st to April 30th)
Winter departure times: 10:00am, 12:00pm (May 1st to September 31st)
All seats are guaranteed window seats!
Milford Sound is one of thirteen fiords in the Fiordland National Park. The park covers 1.3 million hectares, an area larger than the Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. Fiordland consists of plutonic-igneous rock, meaning it formed from molten magma, slowly cooled and solidified over millions of years to form a large mass of very hard granite. This mass was brought to the surface by tectonic plate action over millions of years, as the Australian plate and Pacific plate collide to raise the Southern Alps along the Alpine Fault Line.
The result is a large area of very tough rock which does not erode from rainfall. Fiordland's valleys and sounds were all carved by glaciers over several ice ages, the last of which started 100,000 years ago and finished 15,000 years ago. Throughout that time, the ice of the glaciers ran about halfway up the mile-high valley walls of Fiordland, scouring steep U-shaped valleys out of the solid granite. Today the cliff faces provide pathways for some of the largest waterfalls in the southern hemisphere.
This geological history is easily spotted from the air, as the rock types change dramatically along the 80km flight path from Queenstown, across the Alpine Fault Line into Milford Sound.
Clinging to the sides of the valley walls of Fiordland are native trees: Mountain Beech and Silver Beech. Practically inaccessible, these forests are entirely untouched by human hands. They teem with the distinctive bird calls of Kea, Tui and Korimako. The forest floors are densely packed with New Zealand ferns and undergrowth.
Flight Time1hr 20m
Adult $559 Child $370
Flight package includes:
- Return flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound
- Cruise boat on Milford Sound
- Courtesy transport from your accommodation
10am, 12pm and 2pm departures include:
- Jucy Gem Luxury Cruise
*All upgrades are additional to the base pricing above
Mt. Aspiring and GlaciersExtend the flight to take in an overflight of Mount Aspiring, the Snowball glaciers and the Olivine ice plateau for an additional $149 per person.More Less
Adult $149 Child $149
Doubtful Sound Add-onFor the ultimate Fiordland experience, add one hour of flight time through the heart of Fiordland to your journey. You will fly from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound: the largest of the thirteen sounds in Fiordland, with massive waterfalls and countless alpine lakes. From there cross eight other sounds between Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound, through the heart of the one of the largest and most unique national parks in the world. This option is more weather dependent than Milford Sound alone, but the rewards when the weather is good are fantastic. To add this upgrade on, choose a date and time for the flight on the calendar, then tick the "Doubtful Sound Add-on" box on the reservations page.More Less
Adult $299 Child $299