Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight

activities / Sightseeing tours

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown including Helicopter Flight information and booking

10 hours
Departs from
Centrally located Queenstown hotels
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately:November to April: 5:30pmMay to October: 4:30pm
Time of departure
November to April: 7:15amMay to October: 6:55am
Check prices & availability

Tour description provided by Viator

Treat yourself to the ultimate Milford Sound experience on this day trip from Queenstown that allows you to see this world-famous fiord region by land, sea and air. Enjoy a scenic drive through the alpine landscapes of the ‘Milford Road’; take a 2-hour cruise along the full length of Milford Sound to see its legendary natural scenery and wildlife; and end the day with a thrilling helicopter flight over the sound, Mt Tutoko and Lake Wakatipu. You’ll also learn about the area from a driver/guide.

After pickup from centrally located Queenstown hotels, your Milford Sound adventure starts with a 5-hour scenic drive by luxury coach, equipped with reclining seats and a glass roof so you can take in the amazing views. Listen to commentary from your driver as you travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau, where you’ll take a break for morning tea (own expense). Then continue along Highway 94 — the ‘Milford Road’— and admire its stunning alpine scenery, stopping along the way for photo ops and a short walk.When you arrive at Milford Sound, board your 2-hour nature cruise — either the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer— which takes you along the whole length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Learn about the region's history, natural features and native wildlife as you are wowed by the sound’s famous beauty. See rainforest waterfalls, towering peaks and marine life like seals, dolphins and penguins, depending on the season. Sip provided tea and coffee, and purchase lunch at the onboard cafe when you get hungry (own expense).After your cruise, hop on a shuttle bus for the short drive from the wharf to the airstrip, where the final and most exciting leg of your tour begins — a 40-minute helicopter flight from Milford Sound back to Queenstown. As you soar over Milford Sound — one of the most breathtaking experiences you’re sure to ever have — marvel at the aerial views of glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest. Fly over the fiord along Harrison Valley, over Mount Tutoko and on to the Wakatipu Basin. If the weather cooperates on the day of your tour, you may even get to enjoy a snow landing on Donne Glacier. Upon your landing in Queenstown, your day trip ends with hotel drop-off.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • One-way transport by air-conditioned coach from queenstown to milford sound
  • 2-hour cruise with commentary and onboard nature guide
  • Coffee and tea on board cruise
  • Shuttle transfer to the airstrip
  • 40-minute helicopter flight from milford sound to queenstown

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (you may purchase morning tea in te anau and lunch on board the cruise)