Milford Sound Fly Cruise Fly

Flight Overview

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!

Geological Wonder

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.

Nature, Unspoiled

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.

 

Trip Duration

4hr

Flight Time

1hr 20m

Pricing

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

Upgrade Options*

*All upgrades are additional to the base pricing above

Flight Path