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Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise

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    Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

    Depart Queenstown on your premium glass roofed coach, settle into your spacious and comfortable seat with free wifi (75mb limit) & USB charging ports. Begin by traversing the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, from Queenstown, to Kingston. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points!

    Stop At: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Stop for a morning short break in the small town of Te Anau, nestled on the sores of lake Te Anau. Te Anau has a population of just over 2,000 people and is know as the 'gateway to Fiordland'.

    note: morning tea is not included and must be purchased if required.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Soon after departing Te Anau, enter the Fiordland National Park at 4,868 square miles, it is New Zealand's largest National Park and also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Your coach driver will provide a full commentary on the region, as you journey through and soak in the scenery.

    Stop At: Eglinton Valley, Milford Sound New Zealand

    Journey through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton valley, a place of ancient forest and gushing waterfalls.

    A 5 minuet photo stop takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Mirror Lakes Walk, Milford Road,, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Take advantage of various photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning mirror lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters.

    A 10 minuet photo stop takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Knobs Flat, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

    Another photo stop and rest break, view where glaciers have carved their mark on the rugged terrain.

    A 5 minuet toilet break takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Monkey Creek, Milford Sound New Zealand

    Take a short photo stop at Monkey creek, wonder at the towering cliffs and take a drink of pure glacial water.

    A 5 minuet photo stop takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).


    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: Homer Tunnel, 94 S.h., Milford Sound New Zealand

    Travel through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid granite rock, opened in 1953 after 19 years of construction.

    Stop At: The Chasm Walk, Milford Road State Highway 94 , Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Experience the Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges, spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

    A 15 minuet walk takes place here (times and specific stop locations may vary at the driver's discretion).

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand

    Arrive in Milford Sound to board your 2 hour Southern Discoveries Nature Cruise, set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World.

    On your cruise, numbers are capped at 150 passengers and on this intimate experience, nature guides offer a personal commentary. The boat explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail. The boat traverses the full length of the fiord, right out to the Tasman Sea, allowing you to relax and take in the stunning scenery.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    View the highest peak in Milford Sound, Mitre Peak. It impressively rises directly out of the water of the fiord, to it's summit at 5,560ft / 1,690 meters, which is just over a mile of vertical gain!

    Pass By: Bowen Falls, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound 9679 New Zealand

    During your cruise, view the Bowen Falls, it is one of Milford Sound's two permanent waterfalls and at 530ft / 162 meters, is Milford's highest waterfall. After rainfall, there are hundreds of waterfalls to be viewed in the fiord!

    Stop At: Milford Sound Airport, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

    When your cruise returns, all being well with the weather, you will meet your pilot for your return flight to Queenstown.

    Your pilot will escort you to the Milford Sound airport, if time allows, the pilot will take you on a short bush walk through the native beech forest.

    The flight time to Queenstown is 35 minuets.

    In the case of inclement weather, you you will remain with your coach driver, who will drive you back to Queenstown. If this is the case, you will be refunded for the cancelled flight portion of the excursion.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand

    After taking off from Milford Sound the flight path first takes in overhead view of the fiord and Mitre Peak, before tracing south, down the Arthur valley. At the head of this valley, the Sutherland Falls can be viewed, this is New Zealand's highest waterfall, falling impressively 1,900ft / 580 meters to the valley floor below.


    Pass By: Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    The flight path then begins to track east over the Southern Alps and back towards Queenstown. New Zealand's second largest lake, lake Te Anau can be viewed stretching out to the south.

    Pass By: Greenstone and Caples Tracks, Greenstone Station Road, Greenstone and Caples Conservation Area, Queenstown New Zealand

    Taking in stunning views of small alpine lakes, jagged peaks and now capped mountains, you will then cross over the main divide of the Southern Alps. The route then traverses the densely forested Greenstone and Caples valleys.

    Pass By: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

    After emerging from the Greenstone valley, fly over Lake Wakatipu. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's longest lake at 46 miles / 75 kms, it is also incredibly deep, up to 1,250ft / 380 meters at some points!

    Queenstown is nestled on the lake's shores, so some great views of the town are enjoyed before landing.

    Pass By: Walter Peak Station Wharf, Beach Bay, Walter Peak 9793, New Zealand

    View the Walter Peak high country station, which is one of New Zealand's largest merino sheep farms.

    Stop At: Air Milford, 3 Tex Smith Ln, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    View the Remarkable mountain range and Queenstown, before landing at the Air Milford base for your drop-off back to your accommodation.

    Duration: 10 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Southern Discoveries - Queenstown Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf 110 Beach St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    • Pick-up is available from most centrally located hotels within Queenstown
    • For travelers who pick-up is not available, the meeting point will be: Southern Discoveries Visitor Centre, St Omer Wharf, 110 Beach Street, Queenstown, 9300
    • Please update us with your accommodation details and we will send through the appropriate instructions.
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 5-hour coach excursion to Milford Sound
    • 2-hour Nature Cruise of Milford Sound
    • 35-minute scenic flight in a high wing Air Milford airplane
    • Live Air Milford pilot commentary on board
    • Hot buffet lunch aboard cruise during summer season, or a picnic lunch during the winter season
    • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
    Exclusions
    • Morning tea
    • Breakfast (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions: if poor weather prevents the flight, you will return by coach. You will be given a refund for the flight segment of the excursion
    • Bring a jacket and camera
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking, special arrangements available
    • Infant rates apply for 0 - 1 years of age, when the infant is sat on a parents lap, with an infant lap belt
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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 45 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    So worth doing the bus tour giving you an amazing view of the country and great commentary from the coach driver. The boat cruise shows a different scenery with a great buffet lunch. Then the flight back was fantastic very smooth and felt very safe with our pilot so different
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    ... looking down on creation! Totally amazing flight - what a way to see the Fiordlands. Thank you to our Pilot Alex for an incredible experience. ✈️🏔
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Dear Sharon P, Thank you for sharing your review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are really pleased that you loved taking the Coach/Cruise/Fly excursion recently, what awesome photos you managed to capture from the scenic flight! I love the shot of Flat Top Peak, which is a mountain we fly past during the flight from Milford Sound, to Queenstown, it is 2,300meters high and looks stunning with a sprinkling of spring snow. I have passed on your thanks to your pilot Alex, who would like to send you his kindest regards. On behalf of Alex and the Air Milford team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future adventures, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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    Very knowledgeable captain Antony, thank you so much! Stunning view over the top, a must-do in Queenstown!
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Dear Xibeic2019, Thank you for reviewing your experience with Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are really pleased to hear that you had an excellent time flying with Antony recently, we agree he is an awesome pilot and knowledgeable guide. He would like to thank you for your kind words and send his warmest regards. The photos you have shared are beautiful, thank you for posting them. My personal favorite is the shot taken from the plane during the Milford to Queenstown flight, it looks down to the south and the Eglington valley and you can just see lake Te Anau in the distance behind the snow capped peaks. The road from Te Anau to Milford Sound traverses the Eglington valley, before it branches west, into the valley of the upper Hollyford river and then through the Homer Tunnel. On behalf of Antony and the rest of the team, thank you for choosing to fly with us and for your high recommendation to future travelers, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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    If you're staying in Queenstown, it's not worth the $565 per person to fly to Milford Sound, which is just not that much different from the beauty in Queenstown. IMHO.
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise
    Responded 17 Jul 2019
    Dear Relawyer, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with the TripAdvisor community. We are really pleased to hear that you were blown away by our local Queenstown scenery, we absolutely agree with you, that the natural beauty on Queenstown’s doorstep is astounding. In our opinion, landscapes viewed in the Fiordland National park are quite contrasting to Queenstown. Queenstown on average receives under 1 meter of rain annually, whereas Milford Sound receives over 7 meters annually. This means, that within the short timeframe of a 35-minuet scenic flight, you move from dry tussock covered hills, to a region of densely rain forested hanging valleys, framed by towering granite mountains and topped with snow and ice. But, we absolutely understand that the contrast of these two regions is subjective and that you may have potentially been happier with a shorter, less costly scenic flight covering the local Queenstown region instead. For future guests’ reference, if a shorter flight is what you are looking for, exploring Queenstown and the Wakatipu basin, then we offer a 15 minuet local scenic flight for NZ$99 per person. As opposed to the full Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly trip, which is NZ$565 per person and has a total duration of 4 hours. All information on both of these options can be found on our website. On behalf of the team here at Air Milford, thank you for choosing to fly with us and all the best for your future travels, Sincerely, Mary Guest services, Air Milford.
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    Air Milford - first class in every respect. Very helpful in moving us to another flight in response to predicted bad weather. Very professional operation. Great flight with a super pilot. Enjoyed the cruise as well.
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    Response from Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Milford Sound Day Trip by Land, Sea and Air from Queenstown with Nature Cruise
    Responded 11 Apr 2019
    Dear Reviewer, thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are really pleased to receive your feedback on our Milford Sound Coach/Cruise/Fly excursion and that you had a wonderful day out. Because flying into Milford Sound is weather dependent, the weather plays a huge part in our operation, on some days, due to inclement weather we are grounded and cannot fly. Because of this, we pay huge attention to what the weather is doing and try our best to switch peoples bookings round so that they can make the best of a good weather forecast! For future guests benefit, it is worth noting that having some flexibility in your schedule is advisable (ie. a back up day), so that you have the best chance of getting to take the scenic flight. On behalf of the Coach & Cruise operator (Southern Discovers) and the Scenic Flight operator (Air Milford), thank you for choosing us and all the best for your future adventures, Sincerely, Mary, Guest services, Air Milford.
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