Get an early start on the day with pickup at your hotel in Queenstown (exact departure time depends on the location of your hotel). Board a glass-roof sightseeing coach for the trip to Milford Sound, which passes through the rugged mountain terrain of Fjordland National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Pause for morning tea in Te Anau, then continue through the Southern Alps and Eglinton Valley, which has thick forests climbing its glacially-carved, U-shaped sides. Milford Road winds through a series of highlights, from Mirror Lakes to Knobs Flat and Homer Tunnel, a .75-mile (1.2-km) tunnel carved through solid rock.
Upon arrival in Milford Sound, board a sightseeing catamaran boat for a trip down the full length of the 7.5-mile (12 km) fjord. A picnic lunch, coffee, and tea will be served on deck, and the catamaran features outdoor viewing decks for wildlife watching and photography.
Following the Milford Sound cruise, transfer to a landing strip for the return flight to Queenstown. You’ll have aerial views of the alpine lakes and waterfalls that are deep inside Fjordland National Park during the sightseeing flight, and the pilot will point out landmarks on the ground including Sutherland Falls, which spans 1,904 feet (580 meters). After touching back down in Queenstown, this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.