Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown Including Scenic Flight
Discover one of the best things to do in South Island New Zealand by land, sea and air as you embark on a full-day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. You'll travel through Fiordland on a luxury coach tour before continuing to explore via a renowned Milford Sound cruise, enjoying a picnic lunch on board. For a truly unique experience, take to the air and enjoy a scenic flight back to Queenstown.Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this productStop At:
Kiwi Country, Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600 New Zealand
Te Anau is known as the Walking Capital of the World. The mountains to the left are the Kepler Mountains, home of the Kepler Track, one of the popular walking tracks in the area. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. The town has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 people but this fluctuates greatly in summer when the town gets an influx of fishermen, hunters, outdoor pursuit seekers and holiday makers. It’s a popular holiday destination. We stop here for morning & afternoon breaks and comfort stops.
Duration: 30 minutesStop At:
Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand
Eglington Valley is named by Quintin MacKinnon, who named the valley after the Earl of Eglington of Scotland. We will be following the Eglington River whose source is the small lake of Lake Fergus, which is situated in the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. The glacial valley of the Eglington is not only a truly magnificent place for photos, but also a perfect place to put the size of this valley into perspective. The distance from this road to the base of the tree-line; out to the left is 2.4km. An extremely large glacier was responsible for clearing out this valley thousands of years ago. Everything in this region is huge so it is very easy to lose perspective of this as we travel through the mountains.
Duration: 10 minutesStop At:
Mirror Lakes Walk, Milford Road,, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
Mirror Lakes where most of the time the nearby mountains are reflected in the lakes. Being small, the lakes have less chance of being roughened by the winds compared to their larger counterparts and the large quantity of tannins leached from the soil into the waters give these lakes a much clearer mirror effect than many of the other lakes in the region. It is here you have the opportunity to walk along a boardwalk listening for Bellbirds and Tui’s which are protected native birds, whilst watching Black Scaups dive for food on the bottom of the lake between the various species of beech trees. These forests are said to be 135 million years old. We will drop you off at one end of the walkway and you can re-join the coach in 10 minutes at the far end of the board walk if you wish to go for a walk.
Duration: 15 minutesStop At:
Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand
Monkey Creek is named after one of three Government employees entrusted yearly to camp here and find a path through the mountains. Eventually his monkey like climbing skills allowed him to find a path, which though not particularly safe, was used for many years for guided walking tours. It is here we have the opportunity to drink the water or full your water bottles. Because this water is flowing directly from the mountains it is one of the few remaining places it is safe to taste fresh water without contamination and you realise without chemicals doesn’t really have a taste but is extremely refreshing. Be careful filling your water bottles because the water is very cold. Also don’t be surprised if a Kea or two drop in to say hello!
Duration: 15 minutesPass By:
Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand
As we head up towards the Homer Tunnel, on the right hand side you can see the remains of a camp including the oven in which the meals and bread were cooked. The shed to the left was designed to house the snow plough and was built in 1983. After its construction it was found that the doorway had not been made wide enough and the plough was not able to be housed there. It is now kept at the camp at Knobs Flat. The building today is known as the Chapel as it is one of the few areas of this region that has never been affected by avalanche.Pass By:
Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
Located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning sight. The mountain rises near vertically to 5,560 feet (1,690 m), i.e. just over a mile, from the water of Milford Sound, which technically is a fjord. The peak is actually a closely grouped set of five peaks, with Mitre Peak not even the tallest one, however from most easily accessible viewpoints, Mitre Peak appears as a single point. Milford Sound is part of Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO.Stop At:
Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
Our Premium Cruise vessel has been specifically designed to capture the views of Milford Sound with its unique glass roof and large viewing decks. The ‘Gem of the Sound’ offers an outstanding experience never seen in Milford Sound with an exceptional level of comfort and hospitality. A selection of snacks and noodles can be purchased on board along with a wide range of drinks from New Zealand and around the world. Visit the stunning Milford Sound on board an equally premium vessel that will look after you and your unique experience.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutesStop At:
Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Fly Back with Air Milford from Milford to Queenstown
Duration: 40 minutes
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"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"
"Near public transportation"
"Most travelers can participate"
"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"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
Hora de Inicio:
Duración: 9 Hours
Lugar de comienzo:
1: Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
2: Frankton Terminus, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
Please reconfirm your hotel pick-ups at least 24 hours prior to departure by calling 0800 744 487.
Hotel Pick up times, please be ready at least 15 minutes prior to the time listed.
Rydges Hotel – 6.40am
Crown Plaza – 6.45am
Millennium Hotel – 6.55am
Copthorne Hotel Lakeview – 7.00am
The Rees Hotel – 7.00am (please note this pick up is across the street from the Rees at the bus stop)
Cancelaciones y devoluciones:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.