Milford Sound Tours

Milford Sound Tour, Cruise & Scenic Flight

From NZD $729
Full Day (9-10 hours)

Spectacular Milford Sound Day experience from Queenstown with a scenic flight.

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  • Milford Sound from above
  • Glass roof vans get you there in comfort
  • Scenic Stop Fiordland
  • Guests enjoying exploring Fiordland
  • Comfortable glass roof vans
  • Hollyford Valley Stop
  • Forest Walk Milford Road
  • Photography in Milford Sound
  • Seals relaxing in Milford Sound
  • Expore Milford Sound by road, boat and sky!

    The best way to see Milford Sound. A top rated Milford Sound scenic tour and cruise, with a scenic flight back. Daily tours from Queenstown at 6:30am and 7:30am.

    Experience Milford Sound with Altitude Tours on a top-rated small group day tour. Departing from Queenstown, explore the magic of Fiordland that encompasses the road, water, and the skies—all in a single bucket-list day.

    Your Adventure Begins

    Start your day by meeting our friendly local guide at or near your Queenstown accommodation. You’ll travel in style in a premium Mercedes van designed for touring with only 16 seats onboard. The first leg of our journey to Milford Sound transports you from Queenstown through the picturesque Southland farming country and the charming town of Te Anau, where we’ll make a brief stop by the lakeside for refreshments.

    Welcome to the Fiordland National Park

    From here, we welcome you to the Fiordland National Park and the renowned Milford Road. This corridor to the fjord unveils a different side of New Zealand, with its majestic mountains, winding rivers, and the cheeky Kea bird. Throughout the journey, your guide will make multiple stops for photo opportunities, and short walks, and will entertain you with fascinating local facts and stories.

    Milford Sound Adventure & Cruise

    Upon reaching Milford Sound, embark on an incredible nature cruise that takes you beneath the towering peaks of the fjord. This small boat cruise, accompanied by a knowledgeable onboard nature guide, allows you to explore the edges of the fjord, revealing its impressive waterfalls and unique wildlife, which may include dolphins, penguins, fur seals, and native birdlife.

    A Flight to Remember

    After your cruise, you will be introduced to your pilot, who will take you to the skies on a truly incredible scenic flight back to Queenstown. Traveling on a fixed-wing plane, this flight is approximately 45 minutes and offers aerial views of Milford Sound and Queenstown, along with the impressive snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and braided rivers in between.

    Choose your departure from Queenstown:

    • 6.30am, returning 4:30pm (Glass Roof Upgrade)
    • 7.30am, returning 5:30pm

    7:30am Departure

    From NZD $729

    Spectacular Milford Sound Day experience from Queenstown with a scenic flight.

    Small Group Scenic Tour (max. 16 people)
    Breathtaking Small Boat Milford Sound Cruise
    45min Scenic Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
    Add-on a Delicious Packed Picnic Lunch ($30pp)
    Departs at 7:30am
    Complimentary Wi-Fi

    6:30am Departure (Glass Roof Upgrade)

    From NZD $739

    Spectacular Milford Sound day experience from Queenstown wth glass roof van upgrade

    Glass Roof Van (max. 16 people)
    Breathtaking Small Boat Milford Sound Cruise
    45min Scenic Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown
    Add-on a Delicious Packed Picnic Lunch ($30pp)
    Departs at 6:30am
    Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Travel in premium Gold-class.

    Our Mercedes vans are fully equipped with panoramic windows extended legroom, leather interiors, panoramic windows and USB charging ports.

    Our 6:30am departure includes a Glass-Roof upgrade maximising your views on this incredible day tour.

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    The people have spoken

    Small group is the way to go! This was one of the best tours we have ever been on. Our guide Sinchan was personable, funny and so incredibly knowledgeable. He took time to understand the interests of all of us in our tour group and went out of his way to point out particular items of interest to each of us. It was unforgettable!
    - Anne_R
    Perfect way to see the sounds! Seeing Milford Sound this way was perfection. Many stops during the shuttle ride there with great commentary made for excellent viewing and learning. The cruise was amazing, and the flight back made for astounding views!!
    - Myra_L
    Once in a "LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE"!!PERFECT. Drive down with stops between and Tommy the driver was excellent. 100%Milford with the waterfall close up to the boat, followed by the best flight.
    - Blair_T

    Milford Sound Tour FAQ's

    Our Milford Sound Day Tours travel in premium Mercedes Sprinter vans with only 16 seats onboard. These vans have been designed for long-distance touring with extended legroom, modern interior, and those ever-important panoramic windows for amazing views!

    Glass Roof Upgrade

    The 6:30 a.m. departure guarantees travel in custom-built glass-roof top vans that have superior viewing at all angles. Choose this time slot to travel in these vehicles.

    The full-day trip takes approximately 10 hours from Queenstown. This allows us to make plenty of stops en route to ensure you enjoy the journey as well as the 2-hour boat cruise in majestic Milford Sound, followed by a scenic flight back to Queenstown.

    If unfortunately, you cannot fly back to Queenstown due to weather you will be able to travel back to Queenstown on our comfortable van, we’ll put on a movie and you can kick back and relax!

    Our vehicles are 16 seaters, so this will be your maximum group size on the van, making for a more personal, small group experience.

    We can provide a pre-booked packed picnic lunch for $30 per person which will include a sandwich, fruit, and a range of snacks.

    If you don’t choose this option we suggest bringing your own lunch. We do stop in Te Anau on the way, however, we cannot guarantee their lunch supplies and there is no food in Milford Sound or on the boat.

    We partnered with two cruise operators, who are both small boat experiences in Milford Sound. They’ll provide a 2-hour cruise through the sound, getting up close to the towering waterfalls and providing informative commentary.

    We make multiple stops enroute for coffee, at a cafe and bathroom stops, and there are bathroom facilities in the terminal at Milford Sound and on the boat.

    We don’t want to give too much away! You’ll make a couple of cafe stops before getting to Fiordland, and along the Milford Road we’ll make multiple stops at scenic points. Our guides know the best spots on the day and will choose these based on being away from the crowds.

    The road is very well looked after so is always in great condition. The conditions can change per season, in winter there will often be snow around at points that don’t see the sun – making it even more beautiful!

    Due to this being one of our most popular tours and wanting to be fair to all who join us we do not offer reserved seating. If you have a request we will do our best to accommodate but we cannot guarantee.

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