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Half-Day Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Flight from Queenstown

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    What to Expect
    Start with pickup at your centrally-located accommodations in Queenstown, then head to the airport for a scenic flight to Milford Sound. The pilot points out key landmarks and topographical features on the way to the coast, where you land at the head of the glacially-carved fjord.

    Board a catamaran boat for a cruise on Milford Sound: with room for 150 passengers, the catamaran is smaller than many Milford Sound boats, so you can get closer to the cliff walls and waterfalls, including the spectacular Stirling Falls. Wilderness guides are available during the cruise, and you’re welcome to head to the bridge of the boat to meet the skipper and get a captain’s view of the dramatic fjord. Keep your eyes on the water throughout the tour, as it’s common to see fur seals, dolphins, and many kinds of birds along the way, and the rare, Fjordland crested penguin can be spotted in spring and autumn. Lunch (midday departure only), coffee, tea, soda, beer, and wine are served during the cruise.

    Following the Milford Sound cruise, meet the pilot for the return flight to Queenstown, with spectacular views of the landscape in the constantly changing light. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Queenstown hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Queenstown, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide our complimentary pick-up/drop-off service from all centrally located Queenstown accommodation, please update us with your details. If your accommodation is not centrally located, please let us know and we will send through parking directions.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live pilot commentary on board
    • Reserved Seating aboard the Nature Cruise
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Snacks - On the 9.30am departure a small morning snack is provided, on the 11.30am departure, lunch is provided and on the 1.30pm departure a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink is provided.
    • Entry/Admission - Cruise Milford
    • Lunch - unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • Do not forget to bring a jacket and your camera
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • 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
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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 150 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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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We did the Fly/criuse/Fly 3 October 9am with morning tea - Air Milford you took our breath away, the simple and easy check in and our Pilot Hank, amazing, friendly and helpful. Talked us through our flight path and guided our journey perfectly. We felt...More

    Thank travellik
    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Dear Travellik, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review with us and the TripAdvisor community. It was our pleasure to host you and your family recently, we are nocked off our feet with your kind feedback and high endorsement to...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We booked this trip as a kick off for our honeymoon, after traveling to Queenstown from Australia. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. If you are reading these comments wondering whether to bite the bullet and book, then do it. Such good value...More

    Thank RedDogz
    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Dear Ash and Zoe, Thank you for your kind and comprehensive review of Air Milford on TripAdvisor. It was our pleasure to help you celebrate your honeymoon recently and we are blown away with your awesome feedback! We totally agree that the Milford Sound Fly/Cruise...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Had a broken ankle so wanted something to do whilst everyone hit the slopes. Super friendly crew at Air Milford- my experience was postponed to the following day due to the weather. Also lost my phone not long after, that night, so they couldn't reach...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Sarah B
    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Sarah B, It was our pleasure to host you recently, thank you for taking the time to review your experience! We can imagine how frustrating it was to come on a group ski trip with an injury, but we are really pleased that we...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This fly/cruise/fly with Air Milford was without a doubt the highlight of my trip to New Zealand.The Air Milford team was extremely professional and I was very impressed with the plane and pilot Alex. The views from the plane are spectacular and something I will...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Bails1966
    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear Bails1966, Thank you for reviewing Air Milford on TripAdvisor. We are really proud to hear that your Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly excursion with us recently, was the highlight of your trip to New Zealand ✈️NZ🗺️🥝📷😍⚓🛩️🐬!! We try our best to live up to, if...More

    Reviewed 9 September 2019

    Our family of four was visiting New Zealand from the States, and we knew that we had to visit Milford Sound. We were staying in Queenstown, and considered the option of taking the bus, but the trip was just too long, and we had to...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Airmilford, Front Office Manager at Air Milford, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear JRSteve2017, thank you for taking the time to write suck an kind and comprehensive review of your experience with Air Milford. It was our pleasure to host you and your family this winter, we are very proud to hear that you had an excellent...More

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    Response from Joll15 | Reviewed this property |
    We went with Air Milford and their recommended Nature Cruise, they will book this for you as part of the half day package. Time was approximately 4 hours from complimentary hotel pick to drop off. Not sure of the... More
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